Cleveland Browns Stat Projections vs. the Baltimore Ravens

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Cleveland Browns Stat Projections vs. the Baltimore Ravens
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After three weeks of close games, the Cleveland Browns find themselves 0-3 heading onto the national stage to face the 2-1 Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football.

If the past holds true, we shouldn't look for a lot of points from the Cleveland Browns. In two games against the Ravens last year, the Browns offense averaged 12 points. The key players on the Browns offense have been replaced with rookies, QB Brandon Weeden for Colt McCoy and RB Trent Richardson for Peyton Hills.

The defense didn't fare much better last year either, giving up an average of 22 points in each game. Their challenge will be even greater this time with Joe Flacco's command of the no-huddle offense and weapons such as Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta at his disposal. Despite cornerback Joe Haden's suspension, however, the Browns are tied for sixth in the league in sacks with nine and fifth in interceptions with five.

The Browns offense will look to connect on the deep ball, which has been slightly off target so far. The defense will try to keep Joe Flacco from throwing the ball in the end zone, where the Browns have already allowed eight visits in 2012.

A short week and travel don't typically help a team trying to find consistency or a victory. The Browns will look to combine their defensive performance from Week 1 and their offensive performance from Week 3. If they can, it could result in a victory on national television.

NFL.com reports the regular referees will be back in place on Thursday night to provide a controlled environment for padding the stat line.

Let’s take a look at what those stats might look like for the Cleveland Browns.

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