It may not be the most ideal time for the Cleveland Browns to be in the national spotlight on the road against one of the best teams in the AFC on a short week. On the bright side, the game will mark the first game the "regular" officials return to work after settling their labor dispute with the NFL.
The situation may not be ideal for the Baltimore Ravens either as they are coming off playing the "late game" on Sunday night against a tough New England Patriots team. Luckily for Baltimore they face a 0-3 Cleveland team they have defeated eight straight games and are riding a 13-game home win streak. By comparison, Baltimore doesn't have it so bad. I did not even have to mention Cleveland has lost nine straight games going back to last season.
If Cleveland is to have any shot at winning this game both Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson will need to have their best performance to date. On top of that, the Browns' defense will need to step it up two notches in hope of containing Ravens' running back Ray Rice. Rice ran for a combined 291 yards with a pair of touchdowns in their two meetings last year.
The Cleveland Browns will take on the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium located in Baltimore, Md. on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:20 p.m. EDT.
Cleveland enters the contest with a 0-3 record and in fourth place in the AFC North. They are 0-1 when playing on the road and are 0-2 against AFC teams this season.
Baltimore enters the contest with a 2-1 record and in first place in the AFC North. They are 2-0 when playing at home and are 2-0 against AFC teams this season.
The regular season all-time series record stands at 19-7 in favor of the Ravens.
Where to watch:
The game will be televised on the NFL Network. Check your local television listings for broadcasts in your area.
Medical Watch: (PUP-physically unable to perform, IR-injured reserve, O-out, D-doubtful, Q-questionable, P-probable)
Cleveland: Phil Taylor (chest, PUP), Austin English (undisclosed, IR), Emmanuel Acho (undisclosed, IR), Marcus Benard (elbow, IR), Eddie Williams (undisclosed, IR), Chris Gocong (Achilles, IR), Alex Smith (concussion, O), James-Michael Johnson (ribs/oblique, O), Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring, O), Raymond Ventrone (hand, Q), Christian Yount (shoulder, P), Jason Pinkston (ankle, P), Sheldon Brown (chest, P), Trent Richardson (knee, P), Frostee Rucker (wrist, P), Joshua Cribbs (knee, P).
Baltimore: David Reed (knee, PUP), Terrell Suggs (Achilles, PUP), Ricky Brown (head, IR), Tommy Streeter (foot, IR), Ryan McBean (ankle, IR), Damien Berry (neck/shoulder, IR), Michael McAdoo (Achilles, IR), Justin Boren (foot, IR), Emanuel Cook (leg, IR), Jah Reid (calf, Q), Brendon Ayanbadejo (knee, P), Ladarius Webb (knee, P).
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