Week 13 Open Thread: Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Browns lost a tough one down in Cincy last week.  Since then, Ryan Pontbriand was cut, Josh Cribbs voiced his displeasure with losing, and the Baltimore Ravens arrived in Cleveland looking to extend their record to 9-3.  If Pat Shurmur’s group is able to respond to last week’s loss by getting into the win column today, they will need to play their best game of the season to date.

Las Vegas has the Ravens favored on the road by seven points.  They intend to blitz Colt McCoy all afternoon and into the early Cleveland evening. It would be pretty encouraging if Peyton Hillis showed up today with one of those games he had last season.  Beyond that, the other things that will have to happen in order for the Browns to come out on top were previously identified both here and here.

Go Browns.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    Ravens with 300 yards rushing. Good thing we drafted that big run stuffing DT last year in the first round instead of a WR…

  • Wacman

    It’s not that I see improvement, it’s that I take the fact that we’re playing the Ravens for what its worth. I don’t expect our offense based on the talent on the field to do much. I expect our defense to get ran on, maybe not for 200 yards, but for a decent amount. I understand frustration, but it seems like every week you guys are surprised when we lose to teams better than us. This frustration manifests itself in being upset at garbage time touchdowns, which is silly. Why root against your own team or not be happy when they finally do something positive?
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    Also, Rodgers just had like 8 seconds in the pocket on that TD throw, Colt hasn’t had that all season lol.

  • Tim

    @ Wacman

    Actually I expect us to compete. We did last year. And I expect it this year. Why the hell should I not expect that.

  • Wacman

    I mean on a game to game basis. I wanted us to compete too, but based on the rest of the season, today’s result is not a shock by any means.

  • Tim

    @ Wacman

    But a team that competes should be expected. Hell the Dolphins are every week now. If the team is not competing week to week that’s a problem, especially when they did compete last year week to week.

  • Josh Stein

    @Oribiasi – there is approximately zero chance of a blackout for the last home game. It’s against Pittsburgh. They’ll fill whatever holes needed to make it a non-premium seats sellout.

  • Big Z

    @ Josh

    agreed, the stadium will be full of steelers fans whooping it up as their team dismembers the Browns.

  • Josh Stein

    Based on how the attendance was today, you’d have to think so.