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The run defense will shut down the Browns’ ground attack
The Ravens defense comes into this game ranked 20th against the run, allowing 3.8 yards per carry and 104.3 yards per game. However, against Pittsburgh two weeks ago, the Steelers gashed them on the ground, picking up 141 yards on just 29 attempts (a hefty 4.9 ypc average).
Ozzie Newsome and company invested a lot of money this offseason on improving the defense, and those kinds of results are certainly not what they had in mind. Veteran Marcus Spears was cut this week after offering little in the way of production, and replacing him will be Terrence Cody, returning from a knee injury suffered in Week 3 against Houston. Cody played well at the beginning of the year. DeAngelo Tyson could also get some playing time in the defensive line rotation.
So will they get it together against former Raven Willis McGahee and the Browns’ 26th-ranked run game?
BUY: 2013 McGahee is no Le’Veon Bell, so that helps right away. He’s averaging just 2.9 yards per carry on 79 attempts (hey, are we sure he’s not still a Raven?). However, the Browns’ passing attack is not to be taken lightly. Jason Campbell threw for 293 yards against the stout Kansas City defense last week, while completing over 60% of his passes. The Browns have weapons in the passing game, including tight end Jordan Cameron and wide receiver Josh Gordon. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner isn’t afraid to air it out, and he’ll be even more confident this week after seeing the positive results from Campbell and his targets a week ago.
That said, the Ravens won’t be able to stack the box. They’ll have to rely on their front seven to stop the run and set up favorable down and distance situations. The bet here is that they’ll be up to the task.