Media roundup: Who's picking the Ravens?

September 24, 2010|By Baltimore Sun reporter

Here are national media predictions for Sunday's Ravens-Browns matchup:

• ESPN The Magazine's Seth Wickersham picks the Browns to upset the Ravens, but the rest of the ESPN NFL analysts choose the home team to win.

• The four analysts for ESPN Sunday Countdown all predict a Ravens victory.

• ESPN.com's Madden 11 simulation projects a 21-10 win for the Ravens.

Late in the fourth quarter, this looked like the biggest upset of the weekend. But then the Ravens offense finally woke up, Anquan Boldin went nuts with the ball, and the Ravens scored 14 straight points to beat the Browns, 21-10. Boldin caught 6 passes for 141 yards, including a 63-yarder that helped setup the game-winning touchdown by Todd Heap.

• Peter King of SI.com says the Ravens will allow their opponent to score a touchdown for the first time this season, but still cruise over the Browns.

Ravens have won four straight in the series by an average of 19 points. If the Browns could run the ball even a little bit, they could threaten to make a game of this on the road in Crabcakeville. (I really miss the halftime crab crakes at M&T Bank Stadium.) But they can't.

• The Sporting News' Vinnie Iyer predicts a one-sided victory by the Ravens.

Joe Flacco is fighting an early interception slump. After another week to settle in with his receivers, he'll break through here. Ravens 31, Browns 13

• Overall, all seven Sporting News analysts select the Ravens to beat the Browns.

• Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com thinks Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will recover in a big victory over the Browns.

This is bounce-back time for Joe Flacco. He was awful against the Bengals last week. But the Browns don't have the defense the Bengals do. Come to think of it, they aren't good on offense, either. This is a blowout for the Ravens in their home opener.

• All five CBSSports.com writers believe the Ravens will cover the 10 1/2-point spread against the Browns.

• Dave Goldberg of NFL FanHouse picks the Ravens to produce another defensive gem.

• Michael Hurley of NESN.com doesn't expect the Ravens to cover the 10 1/2-point spread at home against Cleveland.

OK, hear me out. The Browns are 0-2, but they've lost those two games by a combined five points. The Ravens won by a single point in Week 1 and lost 15-10 last week. I hate to even consider Cleveland for anything ever, but I have to. This will be the one, though, that makes me sweat the most.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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