Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns key match up: Ravens secondary vs. Browns receivers.
The Baltimore Ravens return home for the first time in the 2010, to take on division rival Cleveland Browns. As the Ravens look to get their second victory of the season, the offense certainly needs to become more balanced in the upcoming weeks.
However, my key matchup of the game focuses on the Ravens secondary, against the Cleveland Browns receiving corps. Both of these units are going in opposite directions.
The Ravens secondary has been better than most expected through two weeks, giving up only 219 passing yards in two games. Fabien Washington and Chris Carr have been getting the most action in the secondary, with Lardarius Webb still attempting to make a quick return as full time starter.
They are going up against a Cleveland Browns offense that has struggled to put up yards in the passing game. The young receivers of the Browns, led by Mohamed Massaquoi and Evan Moore, are just not opening up space down the field to make an impact.
My biggest question for the Browns passing game is can they expand the passing game deep down the field? Through the first two games, this has clearly been an issue for their receivers. Quarterback Seneca Wallace is likely the starter due to Jake Delhomme’s ankle injury. Can he provide anymore success in the passing game than Delhomme, or is he banking on using the "Cyclone" formation for the victory?
This will be the key matchup of the game due to my prediction of the Browns inability to run the football. Baltimore’s previous two opponents had balanced attacks, while Cleveland’s running game will be a non factor against this Ravens defense.
Cleveland is going to put together a gameplan where the passing game will be needed in full force in order to avoid the upset.
Though the Ravens secondary has played well thus far, the unit is going to be challenged for most of the game, which in the end should lead to the outcome of the game.
Matt Miselis is a B/R NFL/Ravens Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com. He also covers the Ravens for NFL Blog Blitz, an affiliate of NFL.com which you can find under the NFL.com/news section.
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