Browns vs. Ravens: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
The Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens will both be looking for their first wins on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. In fact, all four AFC North teams lost in Week 1, which was surprising, to say the least.
The defending Super Bowl-champion Ravens were embarrassed on Thursday night in Denver. The team's defense was a mess, allowing Peyton Manning to throw seven touchdown passes, and Joe Flacco made a couple inexcusable mistakes.
Brandon Weeden had a rough first outing in Norv Turner's offense for the Browns. He threw three interceptions and was sacked six times. Even more troubling, perhaps, was the fact that Trent Richardson rushed the ball only 13 times for 47 yards and zero touchdowns.
Based on the way both teams played in Week 1, this upcoming game could be an ugly one.
When: Sunday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. ET
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md.
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Lines (via Bovada)
- Over/Under: 44 pts.
- Spread: Baltimore (-7)
Browns Injury Report (via NFL.com)
Ravens Injury Report (via NFL.com)
Can Joe Flacco Rebound Against Cleveland?
Flacco had a miserable game against the Denver Broncos in Week 1. Even without Von Miller, the Broncos were able to bring pressure, sacking Flacco four times and forcing two interceptions.
The Ravens were without two of last year's stalwarts—Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta—and it showed. Torrey Smith was not able to make a big impact without Boldin making plays underneath, and the entire offense stagnated badly.
Flacco's final numbers in that game were inflated, thanks to some garbage-time drives in the fourth quarter. But he averaged just 5.8 yards per attempt and clearly struggled to get into a rhythm without his two top security blankets from a year ago.
Cleveland's defense will present a big challenge to Flacco on Sunday. Free-agent acquisitions Desmond Bryant and Paul Kruger combined for three sacks in Week 1, and Joe Haden leads a feisty secondary.
Flacco must be at the top of his game—making smart decisions with the football—in order to lead his team to a win.
After facing a tough challenge in the Dolphins last Sunday, the Browns are in great shape to take advantage of Baltimore's porous defense.
Jordan Cameron was targeted 13 times against Miami, catching nine passes for 108 yards and a touchdown, and he's going to have a field day against the suspect secondary of the Ravens.
Richardson should get more than 13 carries this week, too, and he will rebound nicely from a difficult outing a week ago.
Which team will win this AFC North battle?
The Ravens don't have enough offensive weapons to overcome their defensive woes right now. Ray Rice will have a difficult time finding running lanes against Ray Horton's underrated defense, and the Ravens will fall to 0-2 to start the 2013 season.
Browns win 23-17
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