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Sunday Match-Up: Cleveland @ Baltimore


Any team can win and this year especially there have been major upsets in the NFL. The Browns are 0-2 under new head coach Eric Mangini and are featuring quarterback Brady Quinn . The Browns are looking to find their rhythm offensively and are hungry to get a win.

OFFENSE: After a competitive training camp and pre-season the Browns named Brady Quinn quarterback to start the season. Tackle Joe Thomas has proven to be a good anchor for the offensive line and the Browns have starting first round pick center Alex Mack. The Browns feature running back Jamal Lewis (former Ravens RB), rookie James Davis and Jerome Harrison. They also picked up RB Cedric Peerman who was drafted by the Ravens but then later released. The featured wide receiver Braylon Edwards is looking to have a breakout year and is a deep threat. Cleveland has a dangerous kick returner in Joshua Cribbs and the Browns have been experimenting with him at receiver. Looking to add offensive weapons the Browns drafted receivers Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi.

DEFENSE: New Coordinator Rob Ryan has players to fit his scheme in Shaun Rogers DT and Robaire Smith DE. Both pose problems for teams upfront and last week the Broncos had double and triple teams on Rogers. The Browns have 4 new starters on defense DE Kenyon Cloeman, OLB David Bowens, inside linebacker Eric Barton and SS Abe Elam. Look for the Browns defense to try and stuff the run to slow down the Ravens.

Coach Magini is familiar with Cam Cameron’s offense as reported in Mangini’s weekly press conference, “Offensively, I’ve played against Cam (Cameron) a lot of different times. I really like his system. It’s creative. It creates problems, in terms of adjustments.—


Special teams: Joshua Cribbs has been a consistent returner in the NFL and has broken many returns for touchdowns in his career. Cribbs has faired well against the Ravens in past meetings, the Ravens special teams unit will be busy.

Wide Receiver: All eyes will be on the Ravens secondary and receiver Braylon Edwards who is a deep threat. The Ravens will need to correct their mistakes from the San Diego game to contain Edwards. Look for the Ravens to go with some ‘Cover 2’ schemes in third downs in order to get Ed Reed involved.

Priority for the Ravens: Putting pressure on the quarterback Brady Quinn. The Browns running backs are fighting nagging injuries and Quinn may be passing a bunch in this game. Browns offensive line: Alex Mack rookie center will be under pressure from the Ravens. Last week the Ravens were unable to crack San Diego’s patchwork offensive line, this game they will be looking to take some frustration out on the Browns line.

Ravens offensive game plan: The Ravens may try to develop some more plays and don’t be surprised if Cam Cameron dials up another trick play. We may well witness another aerial attack by quarterback Joe Flacco plus a potential big day for Ray Rice who had large gains against the Browns last year.

Mixing it up: The Browns are feeling the pressure to get a win and are focused on turning their season around. Don’t be fooled, this is a divisional game and the Browns want this game to be a close battle. Speaking of mixing it up, Will we see rookie defensive end Paul Kruger and cornerback Lardarius Webb on defense? Webb has been doing a great job playing special teams; it would be nice to see Webb on a corner blitz or in the nickel package. Kruger would be a good mix in the Ravens front four.

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