Browns look to end more streaks, make statement Sunday against Ravens

Cleveland seeks first AFC North win since 2015

Daryl Ruiter
October 05, 2018 - 10:50 pm

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Cleveland (92.3 The Fan) – The 1-2-1 Cleveland Browns welcome the AFC North-leading 3-1 Baltimore Ravens to town Sunday in a game that could define a turnaround for the franchise or put it back on hold.  

Here’s a look at Sunday’s storylines.

Suggs vs. Harrison – The matchup of the game features an undrafted rookie in Desmond Harrison, who replaced a future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas at left tackle, taking on a future Hall of Famer in Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs.

Suggs can personally thank the Browns when he gets to Canton. He’s racked up 18 sacks of Browns QBs – the most against any other opponent in his 16-year career – in addition to 8 forced fumbles and 9 batted down passes.

Gaines for Mitchell – With the loss of cornerback Terrance Mitchell for a minimum of 8 weeks after he was placed on injured reserve following surgery to repair a broken wrist suffered in the second quarter last week at Oakland, the Browns turn to cornerback EJ Gaines.  

Gaines ended a late first half scoring threat with an interception of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and added 5 tackles.  

Scoring surge – Last season the Browns scored a total of 234 points and averaged 14.625 points per game; through 4 games the Browns have already scored 102 points and are averaging 25.5 points per game.

Since Baker Mayfield took over at quarterback the Browns offense has scored 63 points and is averaging 21 points per half of football.

Swooping dominance – Not only have the Ravens owned the Browns, including winning 18 of the last 20 meetings between the teams, no Cleveland rookie quarterback has ever beaten them. The Ravens are a perfect 7-0 when the Browns field a rookie QB. 

Running wild – The Browns rank second in the NFL with an average of just under 153 yards per game and their eight rushing touchdowns ranks first.

Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson and Nick Chubb will have their work cut out for them as Baltimore is allowing an average of 82.5 yards per game on the ground, which ranks as the fourth-best run defense.

Still streaking – While the Browns’ 19-game winless streak came to an end Sept. against the Jets, they still have a few winless streaks in which the meter is still running strong.

The last divisional win for the Browns came against the Ravens Oct. 11, 2015 – 33-30 in overtime. They’re winless in their last 18 AFC North contests, including the Sept. 9 21-21 tie with the Steelers.

The Browns haven’t won a game played on Sunday since a 24-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 13, 2015. They’ve not won on the next 37 Sunday’s they’ve played on since.

Last week – Ravens beat the Steelers 26-14, Browns lost in overtime to the Oakland Raiders 45-42

Last time – Dec. 17, 2017: Ravens 17, Browns 10

Series – Ravens lead 29-9

Rankings – Points per game: Ravens 5 (30.8), Browns 10t (25.5)

Total yards per game: Ravens 10 (396.8), Browns 19 (366.0)

Rushing per game: Ravens 23 (89.0), Browns 2 (152.8)

Passing per game: Ravens 8 (307.8), Browns 24 (213.2)

Points allowed per game: Ravens 3 (16.2), Browns 19 (26.0)

Defensive yards allowed per game: Ravens 2 (275.8), Browns 25 (395.0)

Run defense: Ravens 4 (82.5), Browns 23 (116.8)

Pass defense: Ravens 4 (193.2), Browns 24 (278.2)

Turnover ratio: Ravens 14t (0), Browns 1 (+7)

Projected starters – Offense: WR Jarvis Landry, TE Darren Fells, LT Desmond Harrison, LG Joel Bitonio, C JC Tretter, RG Kevin Zeitler, RT Chris Hubbard, QB Baker Mayfield, TE David Njoku, WR Antonio Callaway, RB Carlos Hyde

Defense: DE Myles Garrett, DT Larry Ogunjobi, DT Trevon Coley, DE Emmanuel Ogbah, WILL Christian Kirksey, MIKE Joe Schobert, SAM Jamie Collins, CB Denzel Ward, CB EJ Gaines, FS Damarious Randall, SS Jabrill Peppers

Injury report – Out: LB James Burgess (knee)

Questionable: LB Christian Kirksey (illness), FS Damarious Randall (heel)

Expected to play: WR Antonio Callaway (knee), WR Jarvis Landry (knee), DE Myles Garrett (wrist), QB Tyrod Taylor (back), DT Trevon Coley (wrist)

Broadcast information – Radio: 92.3 The Fan, 98.5 WNCX and the University Hospitals Cleveland Browns radio network. TV: WIOI TV-19 (CBS)

Kickoff – 1:03 p.m. FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio  

Prediction – Ravens 28, Browns 24