Browns kickoff: Baltimore at Cleveland
BALTIMORE (3-4) AT CLEVELAND (3-5)
Line: Ravens by 21/2
Forecast: 44 degrees, partly cloudy
The teams renew their heated AFC North rivalry. A 14-6 Ravens victory in week two included a trash-talking incident between Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor and Ravens running Ray Rice, as well as a possible spitting incident by Rice.
The Browns rank seventh in total defense, allowing a league-low 4.54 yards per play, and the Ravens have struggled to run the ball. Cleveland yielded only 50 yards and three points in the second half last week in a close loss to undefeated Kansas City.
STATS AND STUFF
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is 11-0 against the Browns, the most consecutive victories by a starter against an opponent since the NFL merger in 1970. … The Ravens are 5-0 under coach John Harbaugh coming off a bye week.
HOW IT MIGHT PLAY OUT
Despite last week’s loss, Jason Campbell showed poise and seemed to steady Cleveland’s churning quarterback situation (three starters in four weeks). If he puts in another solid game and the defense continues to play with its newfound swagger, a victory over the defending Super Bowl champs is within reach.
— From wire reports