Sunday, November 29, 2015

#Browns Preview 11.29.15: Baltimore #Ravens @ Cleveland Browns

By @mrgroce

On Monday night in prime time, we will all get to watch the heavyweight matchup between the 2-8 Cleveland Browns and the 3-8 Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are coming off of a 16-13 win against the St.Louis Rams, while the Browns are coming off of a somewhat eventful bye week. Shortly after naming QB Johnny Manziel the starter for the remainder of the season, Manziel made another bad decision off of the field and that has now led him to being named the third string QB for the foreseeable future. With Ravens QB Joe Flacco out with a torn ACL, fans of the NFL get to see Josh McCown and Matt Schaub battle it out. Watch party at my house.

Trying to find keys to the game for two teams that have five wins combined can be a bit difficult. Baltimore won against a tough, well coached team last week so I think it's safe to say they haven't given up yet. If the Browns who have lost their last two by 21 points each, coming off of a bye, at home on Monday night can't get up for this one against a division rival that they already beat, it would appear that they've waived the white flag. The Ravens could be without three starters on the offensive line, and rookie Javorius Allen replaces running back Justin Forsett in the backfield. Luckily for them, they'll be facing the seventh worst defense in total yards and the worst team against the run.

The Browns have only managed to score 19 points total in the last two games that Manziel started. They also were only able to gain 96 yards rushing in both of those games. In those two games, Johnny went 48-78 with 540 yards passing. The Browns average 20 points per game when McCown starts and 11 points when Manziel starts. Since the running game is basically nonexistent, expect to see a lot of Gary Barnidge and Travis Benjamin. McCown is still nursing sore ribs, so one good hit could open the door for backup QB Austin Davis to get some playing time.

Every Ravens game has been decided by eight points or less, and I don't see this one being any different. The Browns defense is bad but I don't see them getting beat by Schaub and a rookie running back. I have the Browns winning another close one over the Ravens 20-17.

What: Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
When: Monday Nov. 30 2015
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium Cleveland, Oh
TV/Radio: ESPN (national)/ 850 WKNR, 92.3 The Fan, 98.5 WCNX

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