TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 15, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium
Weather: Low 48, High 71
Line: Baltimore (-7)
The Baltimore Ravens had a tough time in week one in containing the pass game against Peyton Manning. Allowing seven passing touchdowns and 49 points, the Ravens looked old and slow — or maybe just young and inexperienced. Joe Flacco has one of the strongest arms in the NFL, but that didn’t mean anything when it came time to show that. He threw 62 passes, completing just 34 of them with two touchdowns and two interceptions while most of his yards came while he was playing catch-up late in the game. Losing wide out Jacoby Jones in a freak injury when he was run into by his teammate on a punt return will be a big loss in the pass game, but Torrey Smith will have to step up and I think he’s more than capable of being the main guy. He had four catches for 92 yards in the loss. Ray Rice didn’t have a good game, rushing the ball 12 times for just 36 yards and a touchdown.
On the other side of the field, the Cleveland Browns had a poor performance in a week one loss against the Miami Dolphins, 23-10. They looked lost and Brandon Weeden was inaccurate — something people feared this would happen going into the game. He completed just 26-53 passes for 289 yards and a touchdown. The offense was not very solid as Trent Richardson struggled a bit as well with 13 rushes for 47 yards and no scores. Jordan Cameron could be a huge key in the pass offense as he picked up his play at tight end in week one, catching nine passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Ravens were one of the best squads a season ago. However, losing a handful of key pieces, including team captain Ray Lewis, the defense looks very different and plays different as well. They allowed Manning to pass all over the defense and giving up 510 total yards and 49 points. The Browns made Ryan Tannehill look like a solid veteran as he passed for nearly 300 yards and a touchdown on 24-38 passing. The run defense was solid, however, allowing no rusher to gain more than 20 yards. This will be a tough matchup for Rice.
PREDICTION: Browns 17, Ravens 28
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