Sep 5, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos strong safety David Bruton (30) hurries Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Ravens 49-27. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens: Spinning Week 1 to Week 2

Nov 4, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Baltimore won 25-15. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Now that we have reviewed Week 1 from a few directions it is time to spin what we saw in Week 1 to Week 2. Here you will find some bullet points on both the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens first games and what they might mean going into their matchup in Week 2. You can also look forward to our review of ESPNs Power Ranking this afternoon after they are posted. There we will look at the Browns ranking, their Week 1 and Week 2 opponents as well as those 5 above and 5 below (if there are any) them in the rankings. On to the Spinning Forward.

  • The Browns offensive line struggled against the Miami Dolphins most of the game.
    • The Browns will have a tough time against Haloti Ngata and the physical Ravens defense, both in the run and pass protection blocking.
  • The Ravens struggled to find complementary receivers to make plays against the Broncos defense.
    • With Joe Haden probable to shadow #1 Torrey Smith the Ravens will look to find someone else to make a impact in the passing game. The good news for the Ravens is…
  • Coverage, outside of Haden, for the Browns was not good allowing #2 receiver Brian Hartline a huge game.
    • Ravens pass catchers will have an opportunity to breakout and establish themselves against Buster Skrine and Chris Owens. If the Browns leave more in coverage the expect Ray Rice to have a big game, though…
  • The Browns new Ray Horton led defense shutdown the running game of the Dolphins.
    • Ray Rice is much more accomplished and talented then Lamar Miller but will still struggle to find running lanes against the ultra aggressive defense. Similar to Trent Richardson who…
  • Richardson only got 13 carries and was stifled much of the game against an improving Dolphins defense.
    • Against a historically better defense in Baltimore expect the Browns to pound Richardson much more, even leaving an extra tight end in to block which could limit…
  • Jordan Cameron had a great game against Miami and was a primary receiver especially after drops from Greg Little and Travis Benjamin.
    • Expect the Ravens to put attention towards Cameron including use of linebackers, safeties and/or corners to slow down this big target. Coverage though could be a concern for the Ravens…
  • Last week the Ravens defense was torn up by Peyton Manning and the Broncos and seemed to be embarrassed.
    • The only way Manning and Browns’ QB Brandon Weeden belonging in the same sentence is they both are currently starting QBs in the NFL. Weeden does not have the skill, football understanding or weapons to have similar results against the Ravens, especially after their opening performance…
  • This is the Ravens home opener and the raising of their Super Bowl banner a week later then it should of been, and after a huge loss.
    • Expect a fired up, physical and emotional setting for this game in Baltimore. These are not good signs for the Browns who will go up against an angry opponent after their own struggle filled loss.

What did you see from either the Browns or Ravens from Week 1 that could be spun forward into their matchup?

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  • paulbip

    You could also say that Miami didn’t need a running game because the secondary is so pathetic. Weeden has all the tools but he may not be a football player and elevate the players around him. We will know by the bye week. When it is decided that this season is down the tubes, I would like to see Hoyer (sp??) play a game at QB. One game for him to see if he has that spark.
    Balt. also has a 2ndary that sucks and receivers that are nothing special but Flacco posted some great numbers last year and he should make the difference.

    • Jared Mueller

      It is possible with Miami that they didn’t need to run but they seemed frequently like they didn’t want to run. Flacco could be the difference but its possible we can get a little more pressure on him then we did Tannehill. He had great #s when we sent pressure. Hoyer could be interesting but showed limited arm strength in the pre-season, similar to Colt McCoy in my book.

      • paulbip

        I think McCoy and Hoyer have the same ability (backup) but Hoyer had the ability to move the team in the only game I saw him play. I would like to see him have the chance. He may have QB smarts which would overcome limited ability.

        • Jared Mueller

          Always a possibility. Drew Brees is a good example. He has fine skill set but his brain, Football IQ etc allows him to be great.

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