Take your pick

The Ravens are smack dab in the middle of three consecutive division games this week, as they follow up last Sunday’s loss to the Bengals with a home game against the Browns.

A disappointing road loss to Cincinnati last week has the Ravens at 1-1 through two games, but they get a chance to get back above .500 with Sunday’s game against Cleveland, a team which went 5-11 last year, and has started this season 0-2.

The Ravens have dominated the Browns both recently and in the overall series, winning the last four matchups between the two division rivals, and leading the all-time head-to-head battle by a 15-7 record.

Here’s how the Ravens and Browns match up statistically going into this week’s contest:

Total Offense
Ravens: 270.5 (25th)
Browns: 319.5 (17th)

Rushing Offense
Ravens: 79.0 (26th)
Browns: 88.5 (22nd)

Passing Offense
Ravens: 191.5 (21st)
Browns: 231.0 (13th)

Total Defense
Ravens: 214.5 (2nd)
Browns: 300.0 (13th)

Rushing Defense
Ravens: 105.0 (13th)
Browns: 129.5 (25th)

Passing Defense
Ravens: 109.5 (2nd)
Browns: 170.5 (t-8th)

Turnover Ratio
Ravens: -6 (32nd)
Browns: -1 (t-17th)

The Browns made some improvements to their roster this offseason, bringing in quarterback Jake Delhomme, cornerbacks Sheldon Brown and Joe Haden, and linebackers Chris Gocong and Scott Fujita.

Unfortunately for Cleveland, they’re pretty banged up coming into this game. Delhomme looks like he’ll miss his second straight game with an ankle injury, starting running back Jerome Harrison hasn’t practiced this week with a thigh injury, and star nose tackle Shaun Rogers has missed the last two days as well with ankle and hip ailments.

It would be tough for the Browns to come into M&T Bank Stadium and beat the Ravens if their quarterback, running back and nose tackle were fully healthy and playing well. It will be really tough for them to keep Sunday’s game competitive if none of the three can play.

It’s Friday morning, which means it’s prediction time. Considering the way the Ravens lost last week, the fact that they’re back home for the first time this year, and their opponent, I’m picking the purple and black in a semi-rout.

Put me down for a 27-9 Ravens win.

How do you expect this one to turn out? Anyone see the Browns coming into Charm City and sending the Ravens to their second straight loss? Or do you think this will be a big bounce-back game for the Ravens?

Take your pick.

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