CLEVELAND, Ohio — Before the Browns (3-5) enjoy their bye week on the schedule, they get to renew their rivalry with a home showdown with the Ravens (3-4).
It’s a “rivalry” only in terms of the word in the AFC North Division.
The Ravens are coming off their idle week after losing two straight games.
Baltimore has dominated the Browns in recent years. The Ravens have won 11 straight meetings against the Browns and haven’t suffered a setback to them since November 18, 2007.
“We had a great week of preparation. A very focused, high energy for this week. We know we have a tremendous challenge in Baltimore coming into our house at home-coming off of a bye week,” Rob Chudzinski told reporters this week. “Our guys are excited to play this game, and we’re ready to roll. We know the fans will be excited, as well, and be out there. We’ll need them to be there.”
Jason Campbell will again get the start under center. He was steady and solid in their loss to the Chiefs last week. In the game, he was plagued by dropped balls and finished 22-36 for 293 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
He didn’t show any signs of rust in the game and led the Browns to a second-half surge that put them in a position to ultimately win the game. In the 23-17 loss, Campbell was only sacked once and made quick decisions with the football.
“Just his week of preparation, watching him he has progressed,” Chudzinski admitted. “He’s a veteran guy, and I think that just the little things: the little communications, the chemistry. Some of those things I think we’ll see in some games from that standpoint. Ultimately, we have to go down the field and produce.”
Baltimore has been trying to find the Super Bowl magic from a year ago. In their last two losses to the Packers and Steelers, Joe Flacco has been average at best. He was sacked six times and has lacked hitting the big play.
Through their first seven games, he has thrown for 1900 yards with 8 touchdowns and 8 interceptions, and has a quarterback rating of 78.9.
The Ravens struggled in the first match-up with the Browns. After trailing 6-0 at halftime, Baltimore controlled the second half to secure the 14-6 win.
Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. from FirstEnergy Stadium.
Look for complete highlights, locker room reaction and a full break-down from P.J. Ziegler tonight on FOX 8 News at 10. Plus, a recap here on FOX8.com.