Facing the Enemy Week 3: Browns at Ravens


As the Baltimore Ravens stay at home to host the Cleveland Browns today, Ravens fans will have a lot to look forward to. Yes, this is the first home game of the season, but what we’re really excited about is the fact that our opponent will be the Cleveland Browns. Flacco had a disastrous performance last week, so this will be a nice opportunity for him to bounce back against a lesser team.

Now, I don’t want to disrespect the Browns organization and their fans, but c’mon man. Yeah there’s the whole “Any Given Sunday” argument, but let’s be realistic— the Browns will not win this game. I went into enemy territory at Dawgpound Daily to ask lead blogger Steve DiMatteo a few questions about this upcoming game, and he couldn’t agree more.

1.) Which “Ray” is more of a threat: Ray Lewis or Ray Rice? And Why?
Ray Lewis is typically the Ray to fear on the Ravens, and it will be no different on Sunday. The defense has held its own through the first two games and the Ravens offense is struggling anyway, so I don’t fear Ray Rice quite as much, even with the Browns history with Ravens running backs. The Browns offense has possibly been the worst in the league, and Ray Lewis once again looks like the future Hall of Famer that he is. This defense is going to have a field day on the Browns.

2.) Who do you think will be the MVP of this game?
Joe Flacco has been struggling, and this will be the perfect game for him to get on track with his receiving corps. Sure, the Browns offense has been playing well, but the offense’s inability to get a first down in the second half wears [their] defense down quickly. I believe the focus will be on getting Flacco into a good rhythm, eventually making him the MVP of the game.

3.) How have the Browns improved since last year?
Off the field, it is most certainly the addition of president Mike Holmgren. He brings a stability to the organization that has been severely lacking since the team’s return in 1999. On the field, the defense has looked much-improved so far, largely in the secondary. The additions of rookies T.J. Ward and Joe Haden – not to mention the addition of cornerback Sheldon Brown – provide a solid core to the secondary. The Browns have some pieces when it comes to the linebackers and defensive line, and they will build depth with time.

4.) If you could have one Raven be on the Browns, who would it be and why?
Either Ray Lewis or Anquan Boldin – Lewis is the middle linebacker the Browns sorely need and the Browns have a very young and inexperienced group of receivers. Boldin would at least put a little scare into defenses.

5.) What is your game prediction?
Unfortunately, I just don’t see the Browns having enough offensive firepower to win this one, especially on the road. Ravens win, 27-10.