Rapid Reaction: Ravens 16, Browns 0

CLEVELAND -- Despite a high-scoring offense and a new franchise quarterback in Joe Flacco, the Baltimore Ravens proved Monday night that they can still win ugly.

In a game that looked it involved the 2000 Ravens and not the 2009 Ravens, Baltimore pitched a shutout defensively and scraped together enough points to take a 16-0 victory over the Cleveland Browns. The win improved the Ravens to 5-4 and keeps Baltimore in the playoff hunt in a crowded AFC field. The Browns, meanwhile, fell to 1-8 in what’s already a lost season.

Baltimore, which started slow, really needed this win.

The Ravens likely have to get to 10 wins to have a shot at the postseason in January and have an important pair of upcoming home games. It starts with the undefeated Indianapolis Colts (9-0) on Nov. 22 and then the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) on Nov. 29.

Baltimore will have to play a lot better than it did Monday to beat those two AFC contenders. But a win over the Browns Monday counts the same in the standings.