Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns Preview, Prediction, Where To Watch
By Brett Foote
Nov 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell (17) is sacked by Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) in the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Game 3: Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
When: Sunday, 9/21/2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
Live Stream: NFL.com
Radio: 98 Rock, Sirius XM
Local Radio Crew: Gerry Sandusky, Stan White, Qadry Ismail
TV: CBS (coverage map)
Preview: If you haven’t watched the first two games these teams have played so far this season, we would forgive you for just assuming that the Ravens will steamroll the Browns yet again on Sunday. After all, history has proven that this rivalry is not even close, with the Ravens winning nine out of the last ten games played. But the Browns have a (yet another) new coach and what appears to be a new attitude in the 2014 season.
After taking the Steelers down to the wire and almost pulling off an upset in week one, the Browns upset the Saints in week two in dramatic fashion. What the team lacks in talent along certain positions, it has more than made up for in attitude. The Browns were without their top two pass catchers in week two as wide receiver Josh Gordon serves his suspension and tight end Jordan Cameron recovers from injury, but they more than compensated with a strong rushing attack.
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The Ravens are coming off a week two victory as well, this one a lopsided 26-6 affair at home with the Steelers. A balanced offense that was equally good through the air and on the ground kept the Steelers offense on the sidelines, while a strong run defense prevented them from picking up enough yards to put a single touchdown on the board when the offense was on the field.
This game is a tough guess on paper, and it’s no wonder that the spread is so close. Judging solely by talent and potential, you would be hard pressed to bet against the Ravens. We don’t doubt that the Browns will put up a fight, and they look primed to win more games than most expected this season. If the Ravens defense continues to shut down the run as they have through two weeks, however, the Browns will be forced to take to the air, where they just don’t have enough weapons to keep up.
Betting Line: Ravens +1 1/2, O/U 41 1/2
Prediction: Ravens 23, Browns 17