The defending Super Bowl champions got off to a really really really bad start. Allowing Peyton Manning to throw seven touchdowns against them was probably not apart of their game plan. I’m pretty sure Ray Lewis was putting holes in walls while watching their performance.
The Cleveland Browns on the other hand are more than likely trying to find ways from keeping their young quarterback Brandon Weeden from getting destroyed on Sunday. Weeden was sacked six times against the Miami Dolphins defense, so he’s pretty bruised up right about now.
Just when you thought he would be able to get some rest, he has to get himself ready to brace for more hard hitting hits against this Ravens defense. Now I’m pretty positive Weeden won’t pick apart this defense like Manning did in Denver, but this game is always full of surprises.
Joe “Money” Flacco completed 34 of 62 passing attempts for 362 yards with two touchdowns and interceptions. Yes you read that right, he threw the ball 62 times against Denver.
Baltimore needs to be able to run the ball and run the ball well against this Cleveland defense. Last week both Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce split carries through out the game.
Rice picked up 36 rushing yards on 12 carries while Pierce picked up 22 yards on 9 carries. Rice scored the only rushing touchdown for Baltimore that game.
Weeden was pretty much chewed up by Miami’s defense even though he nearly threw for 300 yards on the day. He completed 26 of 53 passing attempts with one touchdown and three interceptions.
If I’m Brandon Weeden, I’m going to be a little worried about the protection up front against this defense looking to dominate after that horrifying start to the regular season.