coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
On 10/29/2013 06:54 PM in NFL

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns: Preview and Pick

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns: Preview and Pick

The AFC North is led by the Cincinnati Bengals who are playing their best football of the season and they look as though they will be very difficult to beat. The Baltimore Ravens are in a distant second, but have to put a winning streak together if they hope to catch the Bengals in the division.Standing in their way this week is the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are not winning football games, but they are playing very tough and inspired football.

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Odds

The NFL point spread for this game favors the road team as the Ravens are a three point chalk for this divisional match up. The public has given up on the Browns and over 70 percent of the betting public is backing the birds to get a win after the bye week. Meanwhile, despite the big money coming in on the Ravens, the line has actually dropped and can now be found at (-2.5) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.

This is a game that the browns can win behind a very good defense and an offense that has a playmaker. Josh Gordon had five catches for 132 yards and a touchdown in what could be his final game for the Browns. They've been fielding offers for him ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline. If he stays on the team they have a chance to win at home. Jason Campbell, starting in place of the ineffective Brandon Weeden, threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns for the Browns. He makes the team more confident on the field and it will reflect in this game.

The Browns already beat the Bengals at home, which shows just how deadly this team can be when they are backed by their home fans.

The latest football betting trends for this game reveals that both teams have wagering angles n their favor. The Ravens are 5-2-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 8 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 9 and 4-0-2 ATS in their last 6 games in November. The Browns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 against the AFC North.

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Pick

With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
10/30/2013 11:59 AM

958 -- rushing yards for Ray Rice in 11 games against the Cleveland Browns, his most against any team.

It has been a disappointing season for Rice, who ranks 39th in the NFL with 242 rushing yards. Five quarterbacks have picked up more yards on the ground, including Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs, who is not exactly known for his legs. However, if there were a week for Rice to get back on track, it might be this week in Cleveland. The Browns have a strong defense, but history is on his side. Two years ago, he ran for a career-high 204 yards in Cleveland. Overall, Rice has rushed for 958 yards -- the most he has had against one team in his career -- and four touchdowns in 11 career games against the Browns.

six -- touchdowns allowed by the Ravens since Week 2.

The Ravens allowed seven touchdowns in their season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos, but no defense has since protected its end zone better than the Ravens, who lead the NFL in red-zone defense. The Ravens have allowed just six touchdowns since Week 2, the lowest total in the NFL (and Joe Flacco's pick-six against the Miami Dolphins accounted for one of those), according to Ravens media relations. And since Week 2, they are allowing just 16.5 points per game, which is third in the NFL. Where would the Ravens be without that D?

111.1 -- Flacco’s NFL passer rating on play-action passes.

A secondary reason why it would be nice if the Ravens could get their running game going is that Flacco has been efficient on play-action passes this season. Flacco is 20th in the NFL with 40 play-action attempts, according to Pro Football Focus, but teams are still respecting his fakes. He has completed 27 of his play-action passes for 267 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. His 111.1 passer rating on such throws ranks ninth in the NFL. His passer rating is 73.2 on throws without a play fake.

15 -- straight games with two-plus sacks for the Ravens.

The Ravens are fifth in the NFL with 25 sacks and have recorded at least two sacks in each of their games this season. In fact, the Ravens have produced at least two sacks in 15 straight games, according to Ravens media relations. It is the league's longest streak of its kind and the longest by a team since the New York Giants did it in 16 straight games, a streak that started in 2010 and ended in 2011. The last team that held the Ravens under two sacks? You guessed it, the Browns in Week 9 last season.

zero -- drops for Torrey Smith on 57 targets this season.

The Ravens wide receiver dropped 13 passes in his first two seasons in the league, according to Pro Football Focus, but in his third NFL season, Smith has yet to drop a pass on 57 targets. He is one of two NFL wide receivers with 45 or more targets who had yet to drop a pass. The other is Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
10/30/2013 12:00 PM

The Ravens announced a series of big moves , shaking up the roster a bit before this weekend’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

The team waived safety Michael Huff and defensive end Marcus Spears. Both players were signed this past offseason.

Baltimore also signed two practice squad safeties, Omar Brown and Brynden Trawick, to the active roster. They will be counted on in special teams situations.

“We’ve got to play better on special teams,” Harbaugh said after a 19-16 defeat in Pittsburgh prior to the bye week. “We’re going to go find some guys that want to play special teams.”

Huff was mainly responsible for the Steelers’ 44-yard kickoff return that set up their game-winning field goal. He got out of his lane and failed to maintain containment along the sideline. Harbaugh called it “unforgivable.”

Huff was replaced by rookie first-round pick Matt Elam by Week Two.

Spears was being outperformed by third-round rookie defensive tackle Brandon Williams. He had just 10 tackles this year and had trouble in his first game back in Pittsburgh.

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10/30/2013 12:01 PM

The Cleveland Browns lost against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday 23-17 in a game where the Browns really had a chance. Making his debut at starting quarterback was Jason Campbell.

Campbell who had been the third string quarterback got the go ahead to try to lead the Browns to a victory over an undefeated team. The stats showed he completed 22 of 36 passes for 293 yards with two touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 105.4 rating. He completed a pass to nine receivers, a season-high figure for the club. Campbell registered the third-highest rating by a Browns quarterback in his debut start since 1999.

If you are concerned with what Browns coach Rob Chudzinski felt, he has already named him the starting quarterback for the week. “I thought Jason played very well. After looking at the tape, he was able to manage the game, was able to escape and get out of trouble, create some plays. He did a good job from a decision-making standpoint, protected the football, and he gave us a lift in that game. We were really pleased with how he played,” said coach Chudzinski.

"Jason did a great job on a lot of things,'' Chudzinski said. “His leadership was key in us being able to hang in there and fight through the early deficit. At first glance, he made some great plays for us,” said Chudzinski.

The Browns who are now 3 and 5 for the season. Thanks to Davone Bess' who had three dropped passes and fumbled a, punt return, which may have been the reason Cleveland did not win.

Not good when you lose a great player like Wide Receiver Travis Benjamin who tore his ACL, that will require surgery. He is out for this season.

Each week you hear me talk about Tight End Jordan Cameron. He caught four receptions for 81 yards. This season alone he has 596 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He should have no problem being on the Pro Bowl team.

Ok, so even up to game time rumors were still surfacing about trading Wide Receiver Josh Gordon. Gordon was on fire he caught five passes for 132 yards and one TD, a 39-yarder off a flea-flicker in the second quarter that made it 13-7.

Well the deadline has passed and Gordon is still a Brown, Gordon is a highly sought-after target. Since his return to the Browns after serving his two-game suspension this season, he is playing like he wanted to be in Cleveland and wanted to prove it to the leadership.

The team has never really come out and said they were looking to trade Gordon, but the rumor got out some how.

“We have no plans of trading any of our guys, including Josh. We’re not shopping them. As far as any personnel rumors, speculations, those things, I’m really not going to get into,” said Chudzinkski.

With Benjamin out for the year, the Browns needs Gordon for his speed and ability to get down field and catch the ball. The Browns game has to good in order to at least start winning at least 8 games in a season and if the Browns want to have any chance of reaching that goal, they must be in Cleveland helping the offensive. Gordon and Cameron are two targets that must still be in place.

If you wonder where Gordon’s heart is, he let everyone know this past Sunday. “I feel like I'm where I want to be. I'm not saying I'm playing at a superb level. I still don't feel I've reached my full potential and I'm always going to feel like that until I'm done playing the game,” said Gordon.

So much of that business for the Browns has been a train wreck since their return to the league in 1999. The franchise hasn't seen a quarterback play all 16 games as the starter since Tim Couch suffered through the task in 2001. For the second year in a row, no less than three passers have led the Browns into battle, but Gordon's numbers remain consistent.

“We’re going to have to improve in that area. Those guys will step up, and I’m confident that they’ll do that and continue to get balls to (TE) Jordan (Cameron) and Josh and the backs, as were doing. I think when we’re playing well, you’re seeing the ball get spread around that way,” said coach Chudzinski.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
10/31/2013 02:54 PM

If the Baltimore Ravens are to continue their dominance of the Cleveland Browns, they must return from their bye week playing better than they did heading into it.

Hoping to avoid a third straight defeat, the visiting Ravens try for a 12th consecutive victory over a Browns team that looks to end a three-game slide Sunday.

Not since Nov. 18, 2007, has Baltimore (3-4) lost to the Browns, a stretch of 11 games during which it has won five straight in Cleveland by an average margin of 12.0 points. However, the Ravens were held to 296 yards and trailed 6-0 at halftime in a 14-6 win over the Browns on Sept. 15.

"They're a hard playing bunch," Ravens coach John Harbaugh told the team's official website. "(Cleveland's) a good football team."

Though the Browns (3-5) haven't scored more than 17 points in any of the teams' last nine meetings or their last three games overall, the Ravens can't take anything for granted while saddled with their worst record through seven games since Harbaugh took over in 2008.

Baltimore went into the bye following consecutive losses to Green Bay and Pittsburgh by a combined five points. The Ravens have dropped three of four with each decided by three or fewer points after going 7-3 in such games last season, including their playoff run to a Super Bowl title.

Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco is completing 59.5 percent of his throws and has a passer rating of 78.9 - neither ranks in the league's top 20 - with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Ray Rice's 117.3 average yards from scrimmage over the previous four seasons is second to Arian Foster's 118.7, but he's surpassed 75 total yards or 45 rushing only once in 2013. Backup Bernard Pierce was expected to play more of a role but has averaged the same 2.8 yards per carry the Ravens do as a team - worst in the NFL.

Baltimore has remained competitive thanks to a defense that's allowed 16.5 points and 315.2 yards per game since giving up 510 in a 49-27 season-opening loss at Denver. However, in the last two games, the Ravens have allowed the Packers and Steelers to rush for a combined 281 yards and convert 13 of 29 third-down attempts.

"We have to get better. We have a lot to improve on," Harbaugh said. "We have to find a way to get better. That's the business we're in."

After Pittsburgh's Shaun Suisham kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired to send Baltimore to a 19-16 loss Oct. 20, Harbaugh said, "We'll do whatever it takes. We'll trade guys, we'll cut guys, we'll sign guys, we'll coach guys, we'll change schemes. It doesn't matter."

The Ravens traded offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie to Miami shortly after that defeat and waived defensive veterans Michael Huff and Marcus Spears this week. They also signed former Cincinnati running back Bernard Scott.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how we respond in terms of how we play," Harbaugh said.

First-year Cleveland coach Rob Chudzinski shares the same curiosity for his team after the Browns fought hard during a 23-17 loss at undefeated Kansas City last week.

Cleveland gave up 281 yards and 16 first downs in the first half, but held the Chiefs to 50 yards and four first downs in the final two quarters while recording five of its six sacks. Jason Campbell threw for 293 yards with two TDs in his first start, and Josh Gordon caught five passes for 132 yards and a score.

The Browns, however, were held to 57 yards on the ground. Their 82.6 rushing yards per contest ranks 26th and two spots higher than Baltimore's 74.0.

Top rusher Willis McGahee has been limited to 104 yards on 30 carries during the three-game losing streak, which has come against teams with a combined 18-5 record.

"It's been a tough stretch," Chudzinski said. "What guys have learned playing some very good teams is we've played, whether it's a half, whether it's a quarter, whether it's a couple series or three quarters of games, very well at times. It's a matter of consistently putting it together for four quarters. That's what the mission is we're on right now."

Cleveland will have Gordon to help achieve that after deciding to keep the talented but sometimes troubled receiver instead of trading him prior to Tuesday's deadline. He's second on the team with 32 receptions for 582 yards, but was held to three for 54 yards in two games versus Baltimore last season.

Gordon missed the first 2013 meeting while serving a two-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Tight end Jordan Cameron had five receptions for 95 yards and leads the Browns with 49 and 596, respectively, but he's scored once in four games after totaling five TDs through the first four.

Flacco is 11-0 versus Cleveland, throwing for 13 touchdowns and five interceptions.

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
11/01/2013 03:06 PM

Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner is pleased with wide receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron, but he knows they can’t carry the load by themselves.

“Josh’s presence is always there whether he’s making plays or whether they’re aware of him in terms of doubling him,” Turner said Thursday before practice. “We have to find a way to get everyone involved in our offense. Right now, Jordan and Josh are making most of the plays in the passing game, and we need to get everyone involved because at some point, if you only have two guys really making a lot of plays, pretty soon that can dry up.”

In other words, the Browns (3-5) need more out of their No. 2 and No. 3 receivers, Greg Little and Davone Bess starting Sunday when they host the Baltimore Ravens (3-4). Both have struggled this season.

Little has dropped five passes, according to’s count. He has 21 catches for 218 yards and a touchdown.

“Greg’s [lack of production] is a combination of a couple of things,” Turner said. “He’s had some bad luck. He’s had two or three times where he’s been completely open deep, he’s run great routes, double moves and for some reason, we didn’t get the ball off. We had pressure, whatever, those things, and that’s kind of the position he plays, but there are going to be opportunities for him. We’re playing against good corners and you’ve got so many opportunities, so I think when they start doubling Josh and we start having some issues, I think he’s going to start having an opportunity to make some plays.”

Bess leads the NFL with nine drops, according to ProFootballFocus. He has 28 receptions for 261 yards.

“Davone, we know what he is,” Turner said. “He’s a pro. He’s a competitor. He’s going through a little bit of a tough period right now. But he’s practicing well, he’s catching the ball, so I expect him to come out of it.”

In the Browns’ 23-17 loss Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs, Gordon and Cameron combined to catch nine of quarterback Jason Campbell’s 22 completions for 213 of his 293 passing yards and one of his two touchdowns. Little and Bess combined to catch four passes for 35 yards, and Bess had three drops.

“I wouldn’t say [we] lack options,” Turner said. “I think those guys are going to make plays. I’m saying that’s where the ball is going, and I know it’s going to have to get spread around as we continue. So we just need to make sure, and we’re doing it on the field, all of these guys get opportunities, and it’s going to come up where everyone has to be part of it.”

Campbell insists he’s confident in Little and Bess.

“They’re pros,” Campbell said. “Like I told Greg, ‘You never know; every week is going to be different. It may be your week. It might be Davone’s week. You just never know.’ You just always have to stay prepared and have your mindset ready for that because we understand we’re a young offense that’s growing. But we need to try to grow really fast to keep up with every­one.”

Important season

Through the first half of this season, strong safety T.J. Ward is the second-rated safety in the NFL, first against the run and seventh in coverage, according to ProFootballFocus’ grading system. Only the Patriots’ Devin McCourty has a higher overall rating.

“I’m playing well against the run, but my goal is to be the best overall safety,” Ward said. “That’s great. Don’t get me wrong. I take pride in that. But at the end of day, you want to be the best safety overall if you can, and that’s my goal. I feel I have the ability to do that, and that’s what I’m working at.”

Ward is in the final season of his four-year rookie contract, which he said is “definitely in my mind.” He and center Alex Mack are the most notable Browns players scheduled to become free agents next March.

Contract talks haven’t heated up yet. But does Ward want to re-sign with the Browns?

“Yeah, definitely, no doubt,” Ward said. “I love my teammates. I think we have a great team that’s going to constantly improve. We’re young, and I just see a bright future for us.”

Ward ranks second on the team with 65 tackles, including a half sack. He has two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and five passes defensed.

Buckeye State celebrity

New Browns wide receiver Armanti Edwards quickly realized he’s an instant fan favorite in Ohio because he played quarterback for Appalachian State when it shocked Michigan 34-32 in 2007. Much to the delight of Ohio State fans, it was the first time a I-AA team defeated a ranked BCS school.

“Michigan is a great win that the world knew,” said Edwards, who signed with the Browns on Tuesday. “But people don’t realize I was part of two national championships, and we lost only two conference games in my four years.”

Edwards spent the beginning of this season and the past three years with the Carolina Panthers after they drafted him in the third round (89th overall) in 2010 and converted him to a receiver and returner.

“It was very difficult,” Edwards said. “I played quarterback all my life and to come and play with the best players in the world and your change position, it was a tough.”

Edwards spent the past two seasons with Browns coach Rob Chud­zinski, when he served as the Panthers’ offensive coordinator. The Panthers cut Edwards Oct. 8.

In three-plus seasons with the Panthers, he had five receptions for 121 yards, two carries for 12 yards, 36 punt returns for 253 yards and 15 kickoff returns for 295 yards. He believes he’s capable of much more, and Chud­zinski said Edwards would be an option as a returner against the Ravens.

“I was just waiting on my opportunity [with the Panthers] and it never came,” Edwards said. “Hopefully, here I can get an opportunity as soon as possible and show them I belong.”

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
11/01/2013 03:07 PM

When Dean Pees and the Ravens defense watched tape of their Week 2 win over the Cleveland Browns, they saw Brandon Weeden at quarterback and Trent Richardson carrying the load at running back. Wide receiver Josh Gordon was nowhere to be found as he was serving his two-game league suspension.

There have been cha-cha-changes in Cleveland over the past several weeks, though. Weeden has been benched twice in favor of journeymen, first for Brian Hoyer and now for Jason Campbell. Richardson was traded to the Indianapolis Colts and the Browns have replaced him with former Ravens running back Willis McGahee. And Gordon is back from suspension and taking out his frustration on secondaries.

We have seen division rivals switch quarterbacks or lose a running back between semi-annual showdowns with the Ravens. But it is uncommon that a team experiences this much change at the skill positions.

Still, besides the obvious changes in personnel, Pees said the Ravens are preparing to face the same scheme the Browns used when the Ravens beat them, 14-6, in Week 2.

“You’ve got to just get ready for the system. It’s Norv Turner’s system. When it’s all said and done, it’s still his system,” the Ravens defensive coordinator said. “I don’t think it will be much different than what he did with Weeden. … Willis is a lot like Richardson in a way. This isn’t a bounce-out, try-to-get-to-the-edge runner. This is a downhill thumper, which is what Richardson was. So I don’t see a great deal of difference. It’s different names, but I just don’t see a whole lot of difference in this offense.”

In their first meeting, the Ravens allowed a season-low 259 yards and kept the Browns out of the end zone. They bottled up Richardson and sacked Weeden five times.

But coach John Harbaugh said that despite the changes in personnel, which include the return of Shawn Lauvao at right guard, the Browns offense is better in Week 9.

“They’ve continued to improve,” he said. “We’ve played Campbell a number of times, and he’s an athletic guy with a strong arm that has been around and knows how to make plays. We respect him tremendously. Their offensive line has improved. The skill players have improved. ... So offensively, they have taken some strides.”

With Turner, the former San Diego Chargers coach, coordinating their offense, the Browns still like to run the ball between the tackles and like to throw out of a lot of three-receiver sets with tight end Jordan Cameron doing his best Antonio Gates impersonation. Campbell seems more willing than Weeden to throw the ball deep, though.

Pees said the major difference is “the fact that No. 12 is back.” No. 12 is Gordon, who ranks fourth in the NFL with 97 receiving yards per game. In their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last week, the Browns got him the ball in a variety of different ways -- from a quick screen pass to crossing patterns and a deep ball off of a flea-flicker play.

“Here’s a guy who can take the top off of a defense in a hurry, where we didn’t play against him the first time,” Pees said of the second-year wide-out. “And you can’t focus all the attention on him because, to me, they have one of the best tight ends in the league -- if not the best. [Cameron] is a go-to dynamic tight end in my estimation.”

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
11/01/2013 03:09 PM

It's true that the Ravens' 11-game win streak against the Cleveland Browns is the longest active skein any NFL team has against another.

It's also true that six of the last seven wins during that stretch have been taut, tense games, which have ended with margins of 10 or fewer points.

That statement leads to the inevitable truth: the streak won't last forever.

But the mere sight of the Browns' plain helmets and usually subpar record have brought out the best in many current and former Ravens. To wit:

- The opponent against which linebacker Elvis Dumervil has the most career sacks? Cleveland, with 10.

- The team against which quarterback Joe Flacco has the most career touchdown passes? The Browns, with 13.

- The foe against which running back Ray Rice has his most career rushing yards? Cleveland, with 958.

You get the idea, and the pattern continues: Terrell Suggs' seven forced fumbles against the Browns are his most against any opponent and his 14 sacks are the second most to Pittsburgh.

Not only that, Steve McNair's team-record 34 completions during a game came at Cleveland in 2007, Jamal Lewis' 295-yard game against the Browns in 2003 is 1 yard off the NFL record and Matt Stover kicked three field goals during a quarter twice against the Browns.

Cleveland gave its fans hope with three straight wins in late September and early October to go to 3-2 before dropping its last three. But a game effort on the road against the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs Oct. 27 seems to have renewed optimism in the Browns' camp.

"They are better," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. "They've continued to improve. … Offensively, they've taken some strides."

The Browns have changed quarterbacks, running backs and receivers since losing at Baltimore, 14-6, during Week Two.

Four-team NFL veteran quarterback Jason Campbell is in for Brandon Weeden; ex-Ravens running back Willis McGahee takes Trent Richardson's place; and receiver Josh Gordon, serving a two-game suspension and missing the earlier meeting, will play Nov. 3.

The Ravens will have their entire defensive unit healthy to play them. But, for a second straight day, starting left guard Kelechi Osemele (back) was the only Raven not spotted during the media-viewing portion of practice, held outdoors in shorts and shells in cloudy, breezy conditions.

In fact, Osemele's back has worsened to the point that he will not only miss the Cleveland game, but he will undergo surgery -- as he indicated himself a couple of weeks ago -- and likely miss the rest of the season.

A.Q. Shipley and Jah Reid are the top candidates to play in his stead, with another trip to the waiver wire a possibility.

"[Osemele's back] has gotten worse and worse," Harbaugh said. "… We'll be better in there with a healthier player."

Osemele had played in all 23 games of his pro career, the first 16 of them as a right tackle before being moved to left guard for the postseason run.

His absence will mean that only five Ravens will have started all eight games on offense this year: center Gino Gradkowski, right guard Marshal Yanda, right tackle Michael Oher, quarterback Joe Flacco and wideout Torrey Smith.

During the first meeting with Cleveland, Baltimore was missing only two players from its defense: linebacker Jameel McClain (spinal cord) and defensive end DeAngelo Tyson (inactive). But both are going to be active Nov. 3.

Wideout Brandon Stokley (groin), the only player limited at practice Oct. 31, reported to the field Nov. 1, as did a group of five fully practicing players: running back Bernard Pierce (thigh), linebacker Josh Bynes (finger), nose tackle Terrence Cody (knee), and offensive linemen Ryan Jensen (foot) and Oher (ankle).

For the Browns, a team that will go on its bye week after the game this weekend (4:25 p.m. Nov. 3; WJZ-TV; WIYY-FM), they also have had a healthy outlook.

McGahee, who has a knee injury, seems to be the biggest concern. McGahee played for the Ravens from 2007-10 after coming over as part of a trade with the Buffalo Bills, the team that originally drafted him. He scored 31 rushing touchdowns and ran for 2,802 yards, third on the team's all-time list behind Lewis and Rice.

McGahee still holds the Ravens record for most consecutive games with a rushing touchdown. He scored in seven straight games in 2007, a season remembered for the team's record nine-game losing streak.

A former University of Miami player -- a collegiate teammate of notable NFL veterans such as Bryant McKinnie, Clinton Portis and Frank Gore -- McGahee also ripped off a pair of 77-yard touchdown runs, which are tied for the third longest in Ravens regular-season history.

In 2008, during the Ravens' first-ever visit to Dallas -- the final regular-season game at Texas Stadium -- McGahee's long run helped seal a Ravens prime-time win. Three years later in Oakland, he stiff-armed a defender that tried to stop him on his second long scoring jaunt.

McGahee has run for 231 yards during four games with the Browns, who needed a veteran presence after trading Richardson to Indianapolis after Week Two.

"I mean, I think I'm doing pretty good," McGahee told Baltimore reporters on a conference call earlier this week. "I'm doing OK. … I've been doing pretty decent."

coleryan Posts:21705 Followers:24
11/02/2013 11:30 AM

The Ravens won’t have guard Kelechi Osemele (back, knee) this weekend and he’s expected to miss all the rest of the games this season as well.

The Browns are pretty healthy, as linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle) and defensive end Billy Winn (quadricep) are questionable and anyone else on the report is probable.