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Forecasting what could happen in the AFC North Division opener: “This week, the Cleveland Browns look to salvage their season against the Baltimore Ravens. This is the first division game of the season for the Browns, which means they can sweep their first two losses under the rug if they are able to come away with a victory.” [Chris Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]
For some odd reason however, this might just be a tough game: “Talking to some members of the Ravens, this could be a very long afternoon for the Browns. Not that Baltimore is cocky. Rather, the team is desperate after losing at Cincinnati last week. The word at practice is the Ravens simply cannot, will not, and must not lose this game at home to the Browns — and drop to 0-2 in the Central Division.” [Terry Pluto/Plain Dealer]
As WFNY looked at earlier, here is the all-time history between the two teams: “Baltimore has won four consecutive against Cleveland, with the Browns last victory in the series coming in 2007. Phil Dawson’s miracle 51-yard field goal forced overtime where the Browns won 33-30.” [Don Delco/The OBR]
Some overall picks for Week 3 in the NFL: “As we were summoning Beelzebub, I happened to mention that I think the Cleveland Browns are going to beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3 of the 2010 NFL season, and that’s when she accused me of having bad judgment.” [BT/WhatzGonnaHappen]
About that Buckeyes offensive burst Saturday: “The 73 points scored in the game were the most in the Jim Tressel era, topping the 58 points scored on Northwestern on September 22nd, 2007. The previous time OSU had scored more than 70 points in a game were the first two games in 1996, 70 points against Rice, and 72 against Pittsburgh. ” [Eric/The Buckeye Battle Cry]
Solid quotes from an Indians executive about the future of second baseman Jason Kipnis: ““If nothing else, [his performance with Columbus] certainly makes him feel a lot more confident about being in Triple-A to start the season, which is most likely where he will be [next year]. He really handled himself great from a mental standpoint with how well he handled Triple-A pitching in a tough environment when the games are on the line.'” [Ross Atkins via Tony Lastoria/Indians Prospect Insider]
Is there still upside for that interesting Indians rotation: “This is, of course, where I drop in Carmona, Carrasco, and Masterson’s numbers for September – 2.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 63 K and 21 BB in 80 1/3 IP – and try to take a look at that glass and call it half-empty, attempting to avoid Gomez’s September (7.78 ERA, 2.03 WHIP) and ignoring that Tomlin has allowed nearly as many earned runs (34) as batters he has whiffed (39)…even with his most recent complete game.” [Paul Cousineau/The DiaTribe]
The streak continues for the Indians and their non-100 loss ways: “With their 63rd win on Friday night, the Indians assured they would not lose 100 games for the first time since 1991. The win also brought them within half a game of the Royals for fourth place in the Central, hopefully they can get that done.” [Marc Bigelow/Deep Left Field]
(Photo above via Tracy Boulian / The Plain Dealer)
Jacob Rosen is a long-time contributor to WaitingForNextYear. He's also a writer online at SportsAnalyticsBlog and Nylon Calculus . An Akron native, Jacob is a current MBA student at the University of Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. You can follow him on Twitter @WFNYJacob or e-mail him at udjrosen(at)gmail(dot)com.