Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens Preview and Predictions 09-29-2019

The Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns are the only two teams in the AFC North that managed to win at least one game in the first three weeks of the season and will face off on Sunday to decide which team deserves first place a quarter of the way into the season. The Browns will try to bounce back from a tough loss and notch their first road win of 2019 when they visit the Ravens.

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Cleveland came into the season with plenty of hype after importing Odell Beckham Jr. to pair with Jarvis Landry and quarterback Baker Mayfield, but the team knew that the AFC North would not be easy. "It being the first divisional game, I think, is the most important aspect of this, looking at it where we can stand in our division," Mayfield told reporters. "We separate the season into four quarters and so this last game in this first quarter of the season is a very important one going up against the Ravens." Baltimore is the defending AFC North champion and made its own improvements at skill positions by bringing in veteran running back Mark Ingram II but flew under the radar a bit before opening the season strong. "You can have as many players as you want to on paper, but if guys don't mesh and don't communicate well and play well together, it really doesn't mean anything," Ingram told reporters in reference to the Browns. "We're going to have to play them twice. That's why you line up and play football - to settle the score."

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Ravens -6.5. O/U: 45

ABOUT THE BROWNS (1-2): Cleveland's much-hyped offense is having trouble scoring points with an average of 16.3 over the first three contests and missed an opportunity to improve to 2-1 when it struggled in the red zone last week against the Los Angeles Rams. "We expected to have success early on. We did not expect it to be easy," Mayfield told reporters. "I think that is the frustrating part is we wanted it to be easy but now we really know. It is not. People are going to game plan; they are going to have a certain strategy for us, and we need to be able adapt. Talent is not going to take us there, and we just have to do our job." Mayfield is completing 56.9 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and five interceptions and is 32nd in the league with a passer rating of 70.3.

ABOUT THE RAVENS (2-1): Baltimore is averaging 36.7 points and leads the NFL with an average of 216.7 rushing yards, with Ingram (257 yards, five touchdowns) leading the way. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is up to 172 rushing yards but is also fifth in the NFL with a passer rating of 113.9 and owns seven TD passes and no INTs. "I hate running," Jackson told reporters. "Only if I have to, but my job is to get the ball to the receivers, the tight ends, running backs. If I have to run, I'll do it, but I'd rather just sit back and pass it. I like throwing touchdowns instead of running them."


1. Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (knee) is not expected to play while CB Marlon Humphrey (hip) was added to the injury report this week and is questionable.

2. Browns CBs Denzel Ward (hamstring) and Greedy Williams (hamstring) and S Morgan Burnett (quad) are questionable.

3. Baltimore took six of the last seven meetings, including a 26-24 home victory in 2018.


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Last Injuries

Baltimore Ravens

  • Matt Skura

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Skura has been added to the active PUP list while he rehabs a previously torn ACL and dislocated kneecap. He will miss an extended period.

  • Jacob Breeland

    I-R | I-R

    Breeland has landed on the Non-Football injury list while healing from a torn ACL and meniscus in his knee. He is likely to miss the duration of the 2020 season.

  • Andre Smith

    I-R | I-R

    Smith has been designated for the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after informing the team that he will sit out the entire 2020 season due to a personal decision.

  • Nigel Warrior

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Warrior is on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list due to the virus. There is no timetable for recovery.

Cleveland Browns

  • Jarvis Landry

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Landry has been shifted to the active PUP list while recovering from offseason left hip surgery. There is currently no timetable for return.

  • Karl Joseph

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Joseph has wound up on the active PUP list as he is rehabbing from offseason foot surgery. Team management has not indicated yet when he will be activated.

  • Andrew Billings

    I-R | I-R

    Billings has been moved to the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list as he will not perform in the 2020 season due to a personal reason.

  • Colby Gossett

    I-R | I-R

    Gossett has decided to sit out for the duration of the 2020 season due to a personal reason. His name has emerged on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list as a result.

  • Garrett Gilbert

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Gilbert has hit the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Jamie Gillan

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Gillan will have to quarantine for an unknown length while on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list.

  • Trevon Young

    I-R | I-R

    Young has reverted to the Injured Reserve list after clearing waivers with an unspecified injury.

  • Pharaoh Brown

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Brown has been designated for the active PUP list with a foot injury. It is up in the air when he will be activated.