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