Browns Offensive Line Ready For Ravens
BALTIMORE, Maryland — After last Sunday’s disappointing home opening loss to the Dolphins, the Browns seem to have some glaring problems to shore up as they travel to Baltimore to battle the Ravens.
First off, the right side of the offensive line was beat-up, especially in the second half by Miami’s Cameron Wake.
He had his way with Browns tackle Mitchell Schwartz, en route to collecting two and a half sacks on Brandon Weeden.
Guard O’Neil Cousins also struggled adjusting to his new role. He was hit with penalties, and looked lost at times. Cousins was primarily a tackle in when he broke into the league.
It won’t get any easier with the Ravens front seven.
Although the iconic Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and to a certain degree, Dannell Ellerbe have departed, Baltimore’s calling card is their defense, and sets the tempo for Joe Flacco and their offense.
“Even now, they lost two of their best linebackers and they’ve replaced them with good guys, and they’ve still got Ngata, who’s probably the best defensive tackle in the NFL, and Suggs on the outside. When you’ve got a front seven that’s as good as they are, you’re not going to give up 100-yard rushers very often”, Browns All-Pro Joe Thomas told reporters this week.
The line issues led to quarterback quandaries. Weeden was pressured and harassed in the second half, after throwing three interceptions in the first. He finished the day 26-53 for 289 yards.
On the other side of the ball, the Browns will see the return of first-round pick Barkevious Mingo.
Head Coach Rob Chudzinski and team doctors cleared him and deemed him ready to go. Mingo has been out with a bruised lung suffered August 15 in the second preseason game against Detroit.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing him out on the field and certainly, we’ll welcome him back,” Chudzinski said. “We don’t have a set snap number. We’ll work him in there and see how things go as the game progresses.”
The Ravens have been well-rested. They have been off for 10 days, since their Opening Night drubbing at the hands of Peyton Manning and the Broncos, 49-27, in Denver.
Flacco and head coach John Harbaugh have never lost to the Browns. They are 10-0 against Cleveland.
The Browns have not won in Baltimore since 2007.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
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