By Lorielle Moore @LifeAsLorielle
Sunday, September 18th at 1:00 pm ET, the Baltimore Ravens head to Cleveland to take on the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Previous to this past Monday afternoon, the Browns had a mobile quarterback similar to that of Bills’ quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who they just recently faced.
Then Monday afternoon the Browns placed quarterback, Robert Griffin III, on injured reserve after having a shoulder injury, causing them to look to the next man on the roster as their starting quarterback – Josh McCown.
Josh McCown is no new quarterback to the Ravens defense. Last season when the Ravens first met up with the Browns at M&T Bank Stadium, McCown threw for 457 yards and two touchdowns.
Now keep in mind, last year in the first match up against the Browns, the Ravens were without a lot of key defenders, as well as key wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Crockett Gilmore, along with Justin Forsett who ended up going down in the fourth quarter.
The Browns ended up on top 33-30, in overtime.
The Ravens, who are number one in the AFC North right now, are looking to come back from Cleveland with a win after this Sunday’s game.
Divisional games are always the toughest and you never truly know the outcome of the game, but you can never ignore the numbers.
Upon John Harbaugh becoming the coach of the Ravens in 2008, the Ravens have come out on top defeating the Browns 14 of the 16 times they have met with one another. This included the last time with a blocked field goal and recovery by Ravens safety, Will Hill for a 64 yard touchdown to win the game in Cleveland.
The Ravens defense, who played very well in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills offense, holding them to only 160 yards, plans to do the same thing this week.
It will probably not be as easy as the previous week, but the Ravens defense should be able to get the job done seeing as the Eagles defense was able to keep the Browns offense to only 10 points.
The Ravens offense may become the issue in the game, though. Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh who is worried about the running game getting better, may have another issue on his hand.
Wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who was the Ravens first round draft pick in 2015, played in his first NFL game last Sunday and had a huge catch for 35 yards. It was something the Ravens, along with the fans, were glad to see.
But on Wednesday, Perriman didn’t practice due to a minor calf issue.
Hopefully it’s really just minor and Perriman will be back out there. It would be disappointing news for the Ravens offense, even though they showed in the first half of the game against Buffalo that they weren’t relying on any one receiver.
Tight end, Dennis Pitta, who also has had some issues of staying healthy, was able to complete the game with 3 catches for 39 yards, with the longest one of 27 yards, as well as stay healthy throughout the game. This is positive news for the Ravens.
But quarterback, Joe Flacco showed how diverse things will be this season throwing to 8 other receivers including a 66-yard touchdown to new Raven, Mike Wallace.
The highlight for the Ravens offense took place only in the first half. They were only able to come away with a field goal in the second half, which took place in the fourth quarter.
The Ravens hope to come up with a rhythm with their offense playing a not-so-good defense in the Browns. To see what the answer can be both on the ground and in the air for both halves of the game. The Ravens defense should be able to hold their own again this week.
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