Scouting Report

November 16, 2009|By JAMISON HENSLEY

Ravens run offense vs. Browns run defense: As a team, the Ravens have averaged 162 yards in the past three meetings with the Browns. Last year at Cleveland, Ray Rice ran 21 times for 154 yards. Since taking over as the primary back this season, he has averaged 76.2 yards rushing in his past five games. Rice has four rushing touchdowns in his past three games. Even with defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, Cleveland has the second-worst run defense in the NFL. Starting linebackers Eric Barton and D'Qwell Jackson are sidelined for the rest of the season. Edge: RAVENS

Ravens pass offense vs. Browns pass defense: Derrick Mason caught only three of the 13 passes thrown his direction last game, but the veteran has two straight 100-yard receiving performances against Cleveland. Quarterback Joe Flacco struggled last week in Cincinnati (18-for-32 for 195 yards and two interceptions). In the Sept. 27 meeting with the Browns, Flacco threw for 342 yards, the second-most in his NFL career. With lackluster cornerbacks and an average pass rush, the Browns are tied for the 22nd-ranked pass defense. Cornerback Brandon McDonald gives up yards after catches, and the other starter, Eric Wright, continues to play after flipping his car about three weeks ago. Kamerion Wimbley has five sacks in seven games this season. Edge: RAVENS

Browns run offense vs. Ravens run defense: Jamal Lewis, who has announced his retirement in the midst of one of his worst seasons (58.1 rushing yards per game), is questionable with an ankle injury. Lewis, the Ravens' all-time leading rusher, has been limited to 65.2 yards per game and 3.4 yards per carry against his former team. Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who missed the first game of his NFL career last week, is questionable with an ankle injury. The Ravens have not allowed more than 73 rushing yards in the past three meetings with Cleveland. Edge: RAVENS

Browns pass offense vs. Ravens pass defense: Brady Quinn makes his first start at quarterback since he was benched at halftime two months ago in Baltimore. In that game, he was 6-for-8 for 34 yards and an interception. The Browns lack playmakers in the passing game. Their No. 1 receiver is Mohamed Massaquoi, who has 19 catches and six dropped passes. The Ravens, who haven't had an interception in 14 quarters, picked off a season-high four passes earlier this season against Cleveland. Cornerback Fabian Washington, who was sidelined part of last game with a thigh bruise, is probable. Edge: RAVENS

Special teams: Ravens rookie kickoff returner Lardarius Webb is questionable after missing Saturday's practice with an illness. Chris Carr, who didn't create any spark as the returner earlier this season, would run back punts and kickoffs. The Browns' Dave Zastudil, who leads the NFL with 25 punts inside the 20-yard line, is questionable with a right (non-kicking) knee injury. Cleveland recently tried out punters Glenn Pakulak, Britton Colquitt, Reggie Hodges and A.J. Trapasso. The Ravens' Steve Hauschka has missed his past two fourth-quarter field-goal tries. Cleveland's Joshua Cribbs ran back a kickoff 92 yards last season against the Ravens, one of his eight career touchdowns off returns. Edge: RAVENS

Intangibles: The Ravens have lost five straight "Monday Night Football" games, but they can't afford to lose to the dysfunctional Browns and still consider themselves playoff contenders. Browns fans are so disgruntled that they might not sit in their seats for the opening kickoff to protest the direction of the franchise. Lewis blasted the first-year Cleveland coach Eric Mangini last week for working players too hard during the week; maybe that's true because eight Browns are questionable with injuries. The Ravens look to sweep Cleveland for the second straight season. Edge: RAVENS

Prediction: For once, Flacco and the Ravens will get off to a fast start with a couple of touchdowns in the first quarter. This already unattractive nationally televised game will turn ugly early. RAVENS, 34-10

When the Ravens have the ball

Ravens offense

WR: 89 Clayton

LT: 71 Gaither

LG: 66 Grubbs

C: 77 Birk

RG: 65 Chester

RT: 74 Oher

TE: 86 Heap

QB: 5 Flacco

FB: 33 L. McClain

RB: 27 Rice

WR: 85 Mason

Browns defense

DE: 90 Coleman

NT: 92 Rogers

DE: 98 Smith

OLB: 95 Wimbley

ILB: 57 Veikune

ILB: 56 Malava

OLB: 96 Bowens

LCB: 24 Wright

SS: 21 Pool

FS: 26 Elam

RCB: 22 McDonald

When the Browns have the ball

Browns offense

WR: 11 Massaquoi

LT: 73 Thomas

LG: 65 Steinbach

C: 55 Mack

RG: 77 Womack

RT: 78 St. Clair

TE: 84 Royal

WR: 16 Cribbs

QB: 10 Quinn

FB: 47 Vickers

RB: 31 Lewis

Ravens defense

DT: 92 Ngata

NT: 97 Gregg

DE: 93 Edwards

OLB: 55 Suggs

ILB: 56 Gooden

ILB: 52 Lewis

OLB: 95 Johnson

LCB: 31 F. Washington

SS: 26 Landry

FS: 20 Reed

RCB: 24 Foxworth

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