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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
The Ravens' defense won't be competing against Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon this season. His one-year suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy was upheld by the league after an appeal was heard by vice president Harold Henderson. Gordon played just one game against the Ravens last season, catching three passes for 44 yards. He was serving a two-game suspension for testing positive for codeine that kept him out of the Browns' first game against the Ravens last year.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
RAVENS PASSING GAME: In the victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Joe Flacco played safe and efficient football. Expect more of the same as the Ravens want him to avoid the slow starts that plagued him on the road last year. Steve Smith and the two tight ends have been extremely productive, but the Ravens need to get Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown more involved. Smith will probably draw Joe Haden, the Browns' top corner. Steve Smith has been targeted 25 times in two games.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2013
The Cincinnati Bengals were dealt a crushing blow last week with the news that $55 million defensive tackle Geno Atkins had been lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Although the Bengals remain atop the AFC North with a two-game lead over the Ravens, the impact of not having a disruptive interior force such as Atkins will likely have a hefty impact on their outlook. Atkins is regarded as a linchpin, leading the defense with six sacks after topping all NFL interior linemen with 12.5 sacks last season.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
The Ravens' defense won't be competing against Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon this season. His one-year suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy was upheld by the league after an appeal was heard by vice president Harold Henderson. Gordon played just one game against the Ravens last season, catching three passes for 44 yards. He was serving a two-game suspension for testing positive for codeine that kept him out of the Browns' first game against the Ravens last year.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
Now that the NFL season is here, I'm putting a twist on my weekly Blogger on Blogger series. Each week, I will enlist a blogger who regularly writes about the Ravens' opponent to help me break down the game. This week, I exchanged emails with Chris Pokorny, who blogs about the Browns for Dawgs By Nature . MV: The Browns are now on their third starting quarterback after benching Brandon Weeden, who was benched in favor of Brian Hoyer before he got hurt, for Jason Campbell.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2013
Dolphins 23, Browns 10 Strategy: With a new head coach in Rob Chudzinski and new coordinators in Norv Turner and Ray Horton, the Browns will look a little different than they did a year ago. Offensively, the Browns used a variety of formations and their most common groupings were three-receiver sets and sets with two wide receivers and two tight ends. They passed often, throwing 53 times on 66 plays, in part because their running game was ineffective. Defensively, the Browns run a base 3-4. Horton likes to blitz, though, and sent five or more pass rushes on about half the plays.
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By Matt Vensel | November 1, 2012
When the Ravens last played the Cleveland Browns, Browns rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon played just 30 snaps, fewer than fellow rookie Travis Benjamin and little-used veteran wide receiver Jordan Norwood. With just one catch for 16 yards in a Ravens win, Gordon didn't look like a receiver who was poised to break out. But in his next four games, Gordon caught 10 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns. With 17 catches for 379 yards in his rookie year, he leads all qualifying players with an average of 22.3 yards per reception.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
When Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL last week for a fight in which he knocked his wife unconscious, many were quick to compare it to harsher penalties handed down for other players' lesser infractions. In 2008, New York Giant Plaxico Burress was suspended for twice as long for accidentally shooting himself in his leg. Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns now faces a season-long exile for marijuana use. The disparity again thrust the NFL's disciplinary system into the spotlight.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2013
Cleveland Browns management had supposedly given up on this season three weeks ago when they traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a first-round draft pick. The conventional thinking was Browns CEO Joe Banner and general manager Mike Lombardi were consumed with the future and regarded the current roster as expendable. The players apparently didn't receive the memo about this being another rebuilding season. The Browns (3-2)
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By Matt Vensel | October 31, 2013
When Dean Pees and the Ravens defense watched tape of their Week 2 win over the Cleveland Browns, they saw Brandon Weeden at quarterback and Trent Richardson carrying the load at running back. Wide receiver Josh Gordon was nowhere to be found as he was serving his two-game league suspension. There have been cha-cha-changes in Cleveland over the past several weeks, though. Weeden has been benched twice in favor of journeymen, first for Brian Hoyer and now for Jason Campbell. Richardson was traded to the Indianapolis Colts and the Browns have replaced him with former Ravens running back Willis McGahee.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
When Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL last week for a fight in which he knocked his wife unconscious, many were quick to compare it to harsher penalties handed down for other players' lesser infractions. In 2008, New York Giant Plaxico Burress was suspended for twice as long for accidentally shooting himself in his leg. Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns now faces a season-long exile for marijuana use. The disparity again thrust the NFL's disciplinary system into the spotlight.
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By Aaron Wilson | November 5, 2013
Browns 24, Ravens 18 STRATEGY: Jim Caldwell has embraced a pass-centric approach, transitioning firmly to spread looks as the base offense. The Ravens utilized three wide receiver sets on 63 of 67 snaps, and went with four receivers twice. They were in shotgun 58 times with just five no-huddles. The hope is to create better spacing downfield, and some breathing room for a lackluster running game. The plan backfired due to pass-blocking breakdowns and too many errant throws from Joe Flacco.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2013
The Cincinnati Bengals were dealt a crushing blow last week with the news that $55 million defensive tackle Geno Atkins had been lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Although the Bengals remain atop the AFC North with a two-game lead over the Ravens, the impact of not having a disruptive interior force such as Atkins will likely have a hefty impact on their outlook. Atkins is regarded as a linchpin, leading the defense with six sacks after topping all NFL interior linemen with 12.5 sacks last season.
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By Matt Vensel | October 31, 2013
When Dean Pees and the Ravens defense watched tape of their Week 2 win over the Cleveland Browns, they saw Brandon Weeden at quarterback and Trent Richardson carrying the load at running back. Wide receiver Josh Gordon was nowhere to be found as he was serving his two-game league suspension. There have been cha-cha-changes in Cleveland over the past several weeks, though. Weeden has been benched twice in favor of journeymen, first for Brian Hoyer and now for Jason Campbell. Richardson was traded to the Indianapolis Colts and the Browns have replaced him with former Ravens running back Willis McGahee.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
Now that the NFL season is here, I'm putting a twist on my weekly Blogger on Blogger series. Each week, I will enlist a blogger who regularly writes about the Ravens' opponent to help me break down the game. This week, I exchanged emails with Chris Pokorny, who blogs about the Browns for Dawgs By Nature . MV: The Browns are now on their third starting quarterback after benching Brandon Weeden, who was benched in favor of Brian Hoyer before he got hurt, for Jason Campbell.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
Chiefs 23, Browns 17 Strategy: While their offense has undergone changes since the Ravens hosted them in Week 2, the Browns continue to have one of the NFL's better defenses. They have a stout 3-4 base defense, and while they do a good job of getting after the quarterback with their four-man rushes, they like to mix in creative blitzes to generate pressure. Their pass rush, along with their mixed coverages, helps mask weak spots in the secondary. Their personnel at the skill positions have changed, but they have not made major tweaks to their offense.
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By Aaron Wilson | November 5, 2013
Browns 24, Ravens 18 STRATEGY: Jim Caldwell has embraced a pass-centric approach, transitioning firmly to spread looks as the base offense. The Ravens utilized three wide receiver sets on 63 of 67 snaps, and went with four receivers twice. They were in shotgun 58 times with just five no-huddles. The hope is to create better spacing downfield, and some breathing room for a lackluster running game. The plan backfired due to pass-blocking breakdowns and too many errant throws from Joe Flacco.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2013
Cleveland Browns management had supposedly given up on this season three weeks ago when they traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a first-round draft pick. The conventional thinking was Browns CEO Joe Banner and general manager Mike Lombardi were consumed with the future and regarded the current roster as expendable. The players apparently didn't receive the memo about this being another rebuilding season. The Browns (3-2)
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
RAVENS PASSING GAME: Quarterback Joe Flacco was nowhere near the Ravens' biggest problem in last week's 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos but he had his moments, throwing two interceptions and making several questionable decisions. Going forward, he needs better blocking up front and his receivers to hang onto the ball. Tight ends Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark each had a couple of drops. The Ravens are extremely thin at wide receiver, putting even more focus on Torrey Smith who has touchdowns in his last two games against Cleveland.
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