Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens: Will Joshua Cribbs Dominate?

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer ISeptember 24, 2010

Cleveland Browns Vs. Baltimore Ravens: Will Joshua Cribbs Dominate?

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    CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19:  Wide receiver Joshua Cribbs #16 of the Cleveland Browns runs by wide receiver Jeremy Horne #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images
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    The Browns enter Week 3 with more questions than answers, but the schedule moves on at its own relentless pace.

    The Browns are beginning a long march toward the middle of the season that has them playing every divisional opponent, including the Ravens, plus the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and the New York Jets.

    This is a brutal schedule.

    But the Ravens are up first, here's a look at what to expect.

Joshua Cribbs Will Get The Ball More

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    CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19:  Wide receiver Joshua Cribbs #16 of the Cleveland Browns makes a reception for a touchdown in front of cornerback Brandon Carr #39 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (
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    When Joshua Cribbs gets the ball, the team does well.

    Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll and Head Coach Eric Mangini need to make this a priority going into the Baltimore game.

The Ravens Say They're Not Going To Kick Away From Cribbs

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    CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19:  Wide receiver Joshua Cribbs #16 of the Cleveland Browns avoids a tackle by cornerback Brandon Flowers #24 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/G
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    The Ravens say they're not going to kick away from Cribbs on punts and kickoffs.

    If the Browns can't make the Ravens pay for that, then a long season is going to get even longer.

Seneca Wallace Is In

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    CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 2: Seneca Wallace #6 of the Cleveland Browns warms up before the preseason game against the Chicago Bears on September 2, 2010 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Bears 13-10. (Photo by Justin K. A
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    Jake Delhomme reportedly has a high ankle sprain, so Seneca gets another start.

    The Browns need to utilize his talent better to get a win against a very tough Baltimore defense.

Look For A Cleaner Game

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    BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 27:  Alex Mack #55 of the Cleveland Browns snaps the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Browns 34-3. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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    Penalties were killing the Browns the last two weeks. Head Coach Eric Mangini vowed there would be changes starting this week.

    Mangini has proven before he can clean up the penalties, so there's no reason to think a crackdown this week won't be effective.

    If the Browns succeed in their effort to reduce penalties, they may have a chance to stay in the game.

James Davis Will Make His 2010 Debut

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    CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 2: James Davis #28 of the Cleveland Browns makes a cut up field against the Chicago Bears during the preseason game on September 2, 2010 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Bears 13-10. (Photo by J
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    Jerome Harrison has been held out of practice this week with an injury, so James Davis most likely will see his first action of the 2010 season Sunday.

    Why he hasn't gotten any touches despite the Browns offensive woes is a mystery none of the coaches are willing to solve, but his chance to make the coaches look like fools for benching him starts this weekend.

The T.J. Ward and Joe Haden Show

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    TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 12:  Tight end Kellen Winslow #82 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is tackled by defenders Joe Haden #23 and Mike Adams #20 of the Cleveland Browns during the season opener game at Raymond James Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Tampa, Flo
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    Joe Haden and T.J. Ward have had good rookie seasons so far. They haven't been perfect, but their presence is being felt in the Browns secondary, and that's all you can ask for out of a rookie.

    The two have a real chance to prove themselves against a division rival Sunday, and it's easy to believe they're up to the challenge.

    It's a good feeling.

Can The Defense Last Four Quarters?

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    CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 27:  Marcus Benard #58 and Kamerion Wimbley #95 of the Cleveland Browns celebrate after sacking Charlie Frye #3 of the Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty
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    The Browns defense has been wearing out in the fourth quarter. That's mainly because the offense leaves the stadium at halftime, but why confuse the issue with facts.

    Bottom line is the defense has to be able to step it up all four quarters until the Browns offense can come together and play a complete game.