The Browns enter Sunday’s game at 3-5 and in third place in the AFC North Division after a 23-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Ravens are 3-4 and in second place in the AFC North after their 19-16 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field two weeks ago.
When the Browns welcome the Ravens to Cleveland, it will mark the seventh time in six years that the team will get to play the reigning Super Bowl champions. In those games, the Browns are 3-3, including a 2-0 mark at home.
The Browns lost their first meeting with the Ravens, 14-6, in a week-two meeting at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco threw a five-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marlon Brown and extended the Ravens’ lead over the Browns to 14-6 with 8:57 to play in regulation. Flacco engineered the eight-play, 42-yard drive, and converted two third-downs, first, a third-and-10 from the Browns’ 42-yard line, and then, a third-and-eight from Cleveland’s 24.
The Ravens took their first lead of the game, at 7-6, when running back Bernard Pierce rushed for a five-yard touchdown with 5:13 to play in the third quarter.
Pierce’s run capped off a 12-play, 80-yard drive that took 5:50 off the third-quarter clock. Flacco went three-for-three for 40 yards on the drive, and all three of his passes were on third-down plays.
In their history, the Browns are 7-22-0 against the Ravens, 4-10 in home games and 3-12 at Baltimore.
As this year’s game unfolds, here are several players to keep an eye on:
His 49 receptions are the second-most ever by a Browns player through the first eight games of a season, and the six touchdowns are tied for the second-most ever by a Browns tight end in a single season. Cameron and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome are the only Browns’ tight ends ever to have at least six receiving touchdowns in a single season. Newsome accomplished the feat three times with a team-record nine touchdowns in 1979, and six each in 1981 and 1983.
Cameron’s 49 catches are the most in the NFL by a tight end, and third in the NFL overall. He is second in the NFL in receiving yards among tight ends, and tied for 15th in scoring among non-kickers.
Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson. The eight-year veteran leads the Browns with 72 total tackles, including 42 solo stops, and a team-high 30 assists. Jackson has registered double-digit tackles in three of the Browns’ last six games.
When Jackson has registered double-digit tackle totals, the Browns have won every game this season. Jackson had 11 tackles in wins at Minnesota and against Buffalo, and registered 10 stops, including a season-best seven solo tackles against Cincinnati.
Browns wide receiver
After catching 10 passes for 146 yards and one touchdown in his season debut against the Vikings, Gordon again reached the 100-yard plateau with 126 yards on seven catches in a loss to the Detroit Lions on Oct. 13. He accounted for a game-high 132 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown, on five receptions against the Chiefs.
Gordon could become the first Browns player to record back-to-back 100-yard receiving games since Edwards achieved the feat in the second and third weeks of the 2006 season. With a 100-yard game against the Ravens, Gordon would be the first Brown since Edwards in 2007 to reach the plateau four times in a season.
Kruger came to the Browns from the Ravens, where he registered 70 total tackles, 15.5 sacks, and two interceptions, defended 14 passes, recovered three fumbles and forced another during his four years in Baltimore.
In 2012, Kruger led the Ravens with nine quarterback sacks. During Baltimore’s march to the Super Bowl XLVII championship, Kruger had 4.5 sacks in the playoffs, including two against San Francisco 49ers signal-caller Colin Kaepernick in the Super Bowl.
Browns Pro Bowl left tackle
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco has completed 160 of 269 attempts (59.5 percent) for 1,917 yards and eight touchdowns, but has thrown eight interceptions. In each of his five previous seasons, Flacco has thrown double-digit interceptions, with the most being 12 each in the 2008, 2009 and 2011 seasons.
In his 11 career games against the Browns, Flacco has completed 188 of 301 attempts for 2,248 yards and 13 touchdowns against five interceptions. He has never lost to the Browns in those 11 starts.
Baltimore wide receiver Torrey Smith. Smith leads the Ravens with 629 yards on 31 receptions, and his one touchdown catch is tied for third on the team, behind fellow wide receiver Marlon Brown (three) and tight end Dallas Clark (two).
Smith caught seven passes for 85 yards in the Ravens’ win over the Browns earlier this season.
Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. At full strength from the start of the season, Suggs has returned to his pass-rushing form from 2011, when he registered a career high 14 sacks and was named the AP Defensive Player of the Year.
Lining up opposite of Elvis Dumervil, Suggs leads the Ravens with eight sacks and is on pace for a new career high of 18 this year.
The Browns go on their annual bye week next Sunday before finishing up the regular-season series with the Cincinnati Bengals with a 1 p.m./ET game at Paul Brown Stadium on Nov. 17. The Ravens will return home for their first of two games against the Bengals on Sunday, Nov. 10.
Kruger was selected by the Ravens in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Browns running back
Browns offensive tackle
Defensive lineman Ishmaa’ily Kitchen was an undrafted free-agent signee of the Ravens after the 2012 NFL Draft, and practice-squad wide receiver
Haden (Fort Washington/Friendly High School) and fellow defensive back
Jackson played football at the University of Maryland.
Browns outside linebackers coach Brian Baker is a native of Baltimore, and played college football at Maryland.
Cleveland running backs coach John Settle served as an offensive assistant/special-teams quality control coach with the Ravens from 1996-97.
Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome was selected by the Browns with the No. 23 overall pick in the 1978 NFL Draft and became a Hall of Fame inductee after playing with the team from 1978-90. Newsome still holds seven franchise records (most catches in a career, season and game, most consecutive games with a catch, yards in a career and game, and most seasons with 50 or more receptions).
Newsome got his start in the front office with the Browns’ pro personnel department from 1991-95.
Baltimore’s assistant head coach/special teams coordinator, Jerry Rosburg, coached the Browns’ special teams from 2001-06 and his special-teams units ranked in the top 10 in several categories during that time.
Defensive line coach Clarence Brooks served in the same capacity with the Browns in 1999.
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees was head coach at Kent State and guided former Brown Joshua Cribbs to 13 school records. Under Pees’ direction, Cribbs became only the second player in NCAA history to rush for and also throw for more than 1,000 yards in a single season.
Chris Hewitt, Baltimore’s assistant special teams coach, served as an intern with the Browns in 2001 through the NFL’s Minority Coaching Fellowship Program.
Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk (Medina/Cloverleaf High School) and linebacker John Simon (Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney) are Ohio natives. Simon was the eighth two-time captain in Ohio State history.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (Perrysburg/Miami of Ohio), inside linebackers coach Don Martindale (Dayton/Defiance College) and Pees (Dunkirk/Bowling Green State University) are Ohio natives.
Fans can watch Sunday’s game at 4:25 p.m./ET on local CBS affiliate, WOIO-TV 19. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and former NFL defensive back Solomon Wilcots (color analyst) will call the action.
The game is also available along the PNC Bank Cleveland Browns Radio Network with Jim Donovan, former Browns left tackle Doug Dieken, and Jamir Howerton on the call.
WestwoodOne Sports will broadcast the game on SiriusXM channel 225 as Tom McCarthy (play-by-play) and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Rod Woodson (color analyst) will call the action.
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