It’s just 48 hours to game time, the injury reports are in, the match-ups are locked; you’ve had all week to think about this weekend. So now it’s time to lay it on the line. The 3-4 Browns against the 4-3 Ravens, in Cleveland, for a whole lot of momentum heading into the 2nd half of the season.
Here’s what our staff has to say…
Debbie Downer, I mean, Ken: Browns 24, Ravens 10. With a weakened secondary and a suddenly undisciplined offensive line, the Ravens return to their struggling ways away from the comfort of the purple seats. The Browns have found a winning stride, while the Ravens are still trying to handle theirs.
John: Browns 17, Ravens 14. Defensive struggle for most of the game. Neither team puts up impressive numbers. Browns and Ravens have trouble running the ball. Anderson hits a big play through the air that makes the difference.
Andrew: Ravens 24 Browns 21. The Browns will pick on the Ravens battered up secondary quite a bit, but for the most part the Ravens front seven will get enough pressure on Derek Anderson. The Ravens offense will continue to progress and get just enough production to win. This will be a close one.
Spen: Ravens 17, Browns 14. The Ravens and the Browns meet for a tough close game. Flacco has a rough day and yards are hard to come by but the Ravens grind out around 17 points. The Brownies score late to make the game appear closer than it was. Good guys continue on their road trip happy.
Danielle: Ravens 17, Browns 13. Just as easily could go the other way with the same score. It’s going to come down to who’s effective in the red zone. Right now the advantage is to Le’Ron McClain over Jamal Lewis.
John B.: Ravens 31, Browns 10. Cleveland’s overall defense is still near the bottom of the league, while Baltimores offense is slowly creeping up overall. The pressure from the defense on Anderson will neutralize Edwards, Winslow & Jamal Lewis. The chants for Brady Quinn will be heard in the backround by mid way thru the 3rd quarter.
Dan: Ravens 26, Browns 6. Take a look at the numbers and you’ll see that even in their recent victories, the Browns haven’t exactly been shutting down their opponents. They won’t find much room to move against the Ravens this week.