Ravens defense a monumental challenge

All the talk about the Ravens defense is legitimate and the Browns will have their hands full offensively trying to move the ball. The stout defense is tops in the league in turnovers and has allowed only six points through the first two weeks. The Browns have struggled mightily offensively. They are averaging only 71 yards per game on the ground and may be without their starting back, Reuben Droughns. Droughns isn’t the only key Brown who might miss action Sunday. Gary Baxter, Willie McGinest, Orpheus Roye, Brian Russell, and Joe Jurevicius are questionable at best because of various injuries. The Browns have defeated the Ravens each of the past two seasons on their home turf and will try to do the same on Sunday.

To accomplish such a task, the Browns will have to somehow find a way to put points up on the board. It will be critical for the offense to hold on the football, something that has eluded them thus far. The aggressive and swarming Ravens D will be all over the field and will pose a difficult challenge for Charlie Frye and the offense.

Defensively, the Browns are going to be forced to play several reserves as a result of injuries to Gary Baxter and Daylon McCutcheon. However, if they can limit Jamal Lewis, the Browns may be able to keep themselves in the game. Lewis may pose the biggest threat for the Browns defense. The Ravens actually average less yards through the air and have a lower completion percentage than the Browns. If the defense can contain Lewis (which is a tall task) and force McNair to beat them with his arm, then the Browns may be able to hold the Ravens to a low number on the scoreboard.

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