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Ravens and Browns will battle for fourth place, and maybe the first overall pick

When the NFL schedule was released in April, the matchup carried some potential, and plenty of possible storylines.

The return of "Monday Night Football" to Cleveland following a six-year hiatus was to feature the supposedly-improved Browns against the playoff-caliber Ravens, a team that had long tormented them. It was supposed to match one quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy against another who had won the Super Bowl. It was supposed to have some implications in the AFC North race.

Seven months later, what an ESPN national television audience will witness — if they so choose — is a quarterback duel between journeymen Josh McCown and Matt Schaub, not...