Aug 8, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns linebacker Paul Kruger (99) against the St. Louis Rams during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Browns vs. Ravens: Live Game Thread for Week 2


The Browns travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens with a significant amount of importance for both sides.  The winner of the game gets back to even and can try to erase the memories of the first game.  The loser will have an extremely difficult time making the playoffs and are almost guaranteed not to make it after starting out 0-2.  While the Browns are not likely to make the playoffs this year, a win could serve to make sure the Ravens are not either.

Not only does this game have a significant amount of meaning because of the rivalry and the division, but now Paul Kruger is a former Raven, who has a chip on his shoulder from playing only 19 plays during the Super Bowl.  In addition, the Browns are in a position where they have some areas of their team that are as good if not better than the Ravens.

The Browns may not be a contender at this point, but they have a front seven that appear to be legitimately good and something they can count on from week to week and could help shape a defensive identity.  Adding to that will be the debut of rookie Barkevious Mingo, who should only increase the threat of a Browns pass rush that took down Ryan Tannehill four times last week while holding the Dolphins to 20 yards rushing.  Along with a good front seven, the Browns also have Joe Haden, who is coming off of a good game but with one big missed opportunity in the form of a dropped interception.

The challenge for the Browns’ coaching staff is finding ways to get Trent Richardson the football in ways for him to succeed.  They also have to be stubborn and continue feeding him the ball.  That might be in the form of handing him the ball but they also need to find more ways to get him involved in the passing game.

In many ways, the Ravens are a measuring stick game and an opportunity to show how the Browns stack up in the division.  While much of the focus will be on Brandon Weeden and whether he can do enough to lead them to a win, the rest of the roster might be much closer to being a competitive team and be held back by quarterback play.

Preview Articles for This Game
Browns Defense Matches Up Well Against Ravens
Ravens Defense Has Advantage Against Browns Offense But They Have Holes
Weedenalysis and Week 2 Keys
Key Matchups for Browns vs. Ravens

Browns Inactives:  QB Brian Hoyer, TE MarQueis Gray,  OT Martin Wallace, OG Shawn Lauvao, DE Athyba Rubin, DE Armonty Bryant, OLB Paul Hazel

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  • Joe Mazzulo

    Too late, they seem intent on letting Weeden decide the outcome. Bad move. Richardson, Ogbonnaya, and Rainey should’ve combined for 50 carries this game. The passing game is terrible and without their best player. Run. The. Football.

  • Pete Smith

    Screen pass. throw it to Richardson. Just get him involved

  • Kyle Quinlan

    That would be nice

  • Pete Smith

    A little obvious but a 4 yard gain. I’ll take it

  • Pete Smith

    People will kill Little’s hands. My issue is how he creates separation. That’s more of a problem

  • Kyle Quinlan

    And his hands are a problem

  • Pete Smith

    That was the one drop I will put on him. Had to have it. The other two… one was a stupid throw into a tunnel and the other was broken up by Smith

  • Pete Smith

    That CANNOT happen.

  • Kyle Quinlan

    My goodness even with an injury

  • Joe Mazzulo

    How patient will this regime be with Brandon Weeden?

    • Pete Smith

      As in Campbell? Personally, if they want to roll out Campbell, go nuts. Makes no difference. They have a big pile of mediocre. The Browns QB for next season is currently playing on Saturdays

  • Pete Smith

    His numbers look Tebow-like, but Locker appears to be headed to a 2-0 start for the first place Tennessee Titans

  • Pete Smith

    Weeden has an injured hand, so… Campbell if they get the ball back

  • Pete Smith

    Well, Campbell has the small task of going the entire length of the field

  • Pete Smith

    Well, the Campbell experiment was fun. Hoyer time?

  • Pete Smith

    I can’t imagine they called PI for the hit while Bess was on the ground. It had to be earlier

  • Joe Mazzulo

    I feel like we couldn’t get worse offensively.

  • Pete Smith

    Bess is already on the ground before the ball sails right to Huff

  • Pete Smith

    I look forward to hearing the argument for Campbell, like with McCoy last year… well, he didn’t have time to get properly warmed

  • Pete Smith

    THAT is vintage Jason Campbell. 4th and 10 and he dumps it off on a check down

  • Joe Mazzulo

    The Cleveland Browns quarterback situation will ruin this season.

    • Pete Smith

      or… be the answer they need. Remains to be seen.

  • Joe Mazzulo

    “Browns lose low scoring game”……… Can we just copy and paste this title for the rest of the season?

    • Pete Smith

      Can we do it 16 times? Teddy…

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