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Looking ahead to the Browns game

The Ravens have lost four of their last five games, but face the reeling Browns in Cleveland on Monday night. Here is a look at the Browns.

Record: 1-7, fourth place in AFC North.

Week 9: Browns had a bye (they’re the third straight team the Ravens have played coming off an extra week’s rest). They lost to the Bears 30-6 in Week 8.

Last time: The Ravens pounded the Browns 34-3 at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 3, collecting four interceptions and allowing just 186 total yards. Derrick Mason put the finishing touches on the romp with a 72-yard touchdown catch-and-run.

What’s working: Obviously, not much. But if the Browns are competitive in any phase of the game, it’s special teams, where punter Dave Zastudil and kicker Phil Dawson rank among the best in the NFL.

What’s not: The organization is in turmoil from top to bottom. Former Ravens personnel man George Kokinis was fired during the bye week and first-year coach Eric Mangini is not expected to survive a 1-15 season. The quarterback situation has been handled badly and the team has no playmakers outside of Joshua Cribbs. This Browns team is actually worse than the 1999 expansion version.

Who’s hot: Outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley has four sacks in the last five games.

Who’s not: Everybody else.

Who’s the quarterback? With former Ravens draft pick Derek Anderson putting up historically bad passing numbers (43 percent completions), the Browns named Brady Quinn the starter this week. Anderson completed 2 of 17 passes in the Browns’ only win (6-3 over Buffalo), but it wasn’t all his fault. The Browns’ intended receivers dropped nine passes that game, and seven more the next week against the Steelers. Quinn hasn’t started since Sept. 27 in Baltimore, when he was benched at halftime. It appears he will not get 70 percent of the team’s snaps, a contract incentive that would have given him $11 million over the rest of his deal.

Offensive stat: The Browns have scored just five offensive touchdowns this season. By comparison, the Saints have scored seven DEFENSIVE touchdowns.

Defensive stat: The Browns are giving up an average of 409 yards a game. Just what the Ravens’ offense needed.

Special teams threat: Cribbs, whose returns have tormented the Ravens, leads the NFL with a punt return average of 16.4 yards.

Monday night theme: Browns fans are planning to walk out of the stadium before kickoff to protest the performance of their team.

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