The last time we played Baltimore they beat us 23-16. But that was week 4. Baltimore is a different team now and so are we.
Missing this week that played in week four for Baltimore… Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb. Haloti Ngata will be limited with a shoulder injury. Those three alone combined for 25% of the tackles on the Browns in week 4. Terrell Suggs was missing in the first matchup and will be playing tomorrow.
Missing from week four for Cleveland but playing tomorrow… SHUTDOWN CORNER Joe Haden. I also believe RB Trent Richardson was underutilized in that game. DL Phil Taylor will be back, but on a limited basis.
Overall, I believe Baltimore is less of a team than they were in the first meeting and the Browns are considerably more.
Brandon Weeden has progressed nicely since week 4. Joe Flacco has regressed since then. Wanna know how I know? I looked up the stats…
Prior to and including week four against Baltimore, BW3’s average QB rating was 61.4. Since then it’s averaged 82.25! Flacco’s QB rating prior to and including week four against Cleveland averaged a 99.25. Since then? A 69.3!
What does all of this mean?
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! We won’t be able to contain the Ravens tomorrow. They went to Houston a couple weeks ago and got embarrassed! That’s not happening tomorrow, especially after a bye week. We will be destroyed!
Ray Rice is gonna run for 257 yards and 3 TDs tomorrow. Flacco is gonna throw for almost 300 yards and 4 TDs. Final score tomorrow?
Baltimore 55 ~ Cleveland 17