Browns vs Ravens : NFL Redzone, The Ravens head to Cleveland this week to face a young, up-and-coming Browns roster. Baltimore Beatdown contributors detail bold predictions for the contest.Baker Mayfield and Joe Flacco will both throw interceptions.
The Ravens are on a roll. They beat the previously undefeated Broncos two weeks ago, then topped hated division rival Steelers 26-14 in Week 4 on Sunday Night Football. They’re tied with the Bengals for first place in the AFC North.
The Browns, meanwhile, were rumored to be ready for a step forward after their awful previous seasons, with No. 1 overall draft pick Baker Mayfield at the helm. So far, however, they haven’t turned that good vibe into a lot of wins. They fell to the Raiders 45-42 in Week 4.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Browns are looking for their second win of the season Sunday afternoon and, much like the past three games, weather shouldn’t hinder their chances of victory.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m., FirstEnergy Stadium
With the highest percentage of precipitation possibilities Sunday coming before 7 a.m., it should be relatively dry and cool for your tailgate, according to the National Weather Service Cleveland.
Temperatures should hover around 70 degrees from 7 a.m. until noon, and the rain chance drops to 35 percent at 8 a.m., according to the NWS Cleveland.
At kickoff, the temperature should be around 72 degrees with chances of rain again at 35 percent, with cloud coverage over 70 percent. Not much will change during the game, with the temperature hovering around 72 and the rain chance staying at 35 percent.
Mayfield (59.4 completion percentage, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, 81.3 rating) will have to be particularly aware of safety Eric Weddle and linebacker Terrell Suggs, who will go against rookie left tackle Desmond Harrison.
Mayfield doesn’t have a strong enough receiving corps right now to take advantage of his exceptional arm talent. Antonio Callaway (10 catches on 24 targets for 155 yards and a TD) has been struggling early in games, and might have his reps cut on Sunday. Help could be on the way. The Browns will work out former Titans receiver Rishard Matthews on Monday.
John Harbaugh has feasted on the Browns, going 18-2, and Joe Flacco is 17-2.
Flacco is off to a hot start, ranking 14th in the NFL with a 96.9 rating. He’s thrown eight TDs against only two interceptions and is completing 64.3 of his passes. But he’s been sacked more than two times a game, and the Ravens are vulnerable up the middle.
He also holds the ball longer than Derek Carr, so Myles Garrett and company can make things tough on him.
If Garrett can dominate like he did against the Steelers, the Browns have a chance. But Mayfield could struggle against this rookie-destroying Ravens’ D.