Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
The Baltimore Ravens won’t have much time to enjoy last week’s thrilling win, as they make a quick turnaround to host the Cleveland Browns on Thursday. The Ravens are coming off an emotional 31-30 victory over New England on Sunday night, a game in which they racked up 503 total yards and rallied from an early 13-0 deficit. Trying to keep up with Baltimore’s explosive offense will be a challenge for the Browns, who start rookies at quarterback (Brandon Weeden) and running back (Trent Richardson).
The Browns have averaged just 296 total yards per game during an 0-3 start, and they managed only 240 yards in Sunday’s 24-14 home loss to Buffalo. Cleveland has lost nine straight dating to last season. To snap the skid, the Browns will have to end an eight-game losing streak against Baltimore dating to 2007. Only two games during the streak have been decided by a touchdown or less.
ABOUT THE BROWNS (0-3): Cleveland has managed to stay in games so far this season, but it hasn’t been able to finish. The Browns dropped a tough 17-16 loss to the Eagles in Week 1, fell 34-27 to Cincinnati in Week 2 and couldn’t overcome an awful first quarter last week against Buffalo. The defense has been solid, especially against the pass, but the young offense hasn’t been able to keep up.
ABOUT THE RAVENS (2-1): Quarterback Joe Flacco is off to a strong start with a 101.1 rating after passing for 913 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions through three games. Ray Rice notched his first 100-yard rushing game of the season against the Patriots with 101 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. He could be a handful for a Browns defense that was gashed by Buffalo backs C.J. Spiller and Tashard Choice last week.
1. Baltimore’s defense, which has been dominant for so long, might have finally lost a step. The Ravens rank 27th in the league in total defense, allowing 401.3 yards per game, but they have forced six turnovers.
2. Weeden, the 22nd pick in this year’s draft, looked overmatched in Week 1 but has quickly improved. He has completed 56.5 percent of his passes for 677 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions.
3. Ravens WR Torrey Smith matched a career-high with six catches totaling 127 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, just hours after learning his younger brother had been killed in a motorcycle accident.