scouting report

Ravens run offense vs. Browns run defense: : Willis McGahee, who isn't listed on the injury report, is expected to play in his first game, but the Ravens have yet to define his role. The Ravens probably will go with a running back by committee that will include rookie Ray Rice and fullback-tailback Le'Ron McClain. The key matchup is Ravens center Jason Brown against Cleveland nose tackle Shaun Rogers, one of the most dominant interior linemen in the NFL. In two games, the Browns have allowed 4.6 yards per carry and three touchdowns on the ground. EDGE: EVEN:

Ravens pass offense vs. Browns pass defense: : The Ravens likely won't ask too much from rookie quarterback Joe Flacco, who threw 29 times in his first career game. It'll be interesting to see whether Flacco can take advantage of a Browns secondary that has looked vulnerable this season. Cleveland has allowed quarterbacks to complete 70 percent of their passes and average 9.9 yards per pass attempt. The Ravens are expected to rotate their tackles with Willie Anderson, Adam Terry and Jared Gaither. They have to keep track of Kamerion Wimbley, Cleveland's best pass-rushing threat coming off the edge. EDGE: BROWNS:


Browns run offense vs. Ravens run defense: : This will mark the third meeting between the Ravens and Jamal Lewis, who is the team's all-time leading rusher. Lewis, who signed with the Browns last season, gained 64 yards in the first game and 92 yards in the second. He scored one touchdown each time. Lewis has gotten off to a slow start this season, averaging 3.1 yards per carry. The Ravens' run defense won't be as strong without nose tackle Kelly Gregg, who is out at least two weeks with a knee injury. But the Ravens haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 20 games, the NFL's longest current streak. EDGE: RAVENS:

Browns pass offense vs. Ravens pass defense: : Browns quarterback Derek Anderson, who has a 57.1 quarterback rating, has been hampered by drops and injuries. Wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who is questionable with a shoulder injury, has as many drops (five) as catches this season. The No. 2 receiver, Donte' Stallworth, is expected to miss his third straight game with a quadriceps injury. The Ravens' secondary dominated Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer in the opener, but it has traditionally had lapses against Anderson. There could be an issue at nickel back, where Corey Ivy (probable, ankle) and Fabian Washington (doubtful, neck) are hurt. EDGE: EVEN:


Special teams: : The key is whether the Ravens can contain Browns returner Joshua Cribbs, who led the NFL with a 30.7-yard average on kickoffs last season. Ravens returner Yamon Figurs is also dangerous, but he has been slowed recently by a hamstring injury. Ravens special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo, who is probable, has missed practice all week with a calf injury. The Ravens' Matt Stover had a miss in the season opener but is the third-most-accurate kicker in NFL history (83.6 percent). The Browns' Phil Dawson is fourth (82.9 percent). EDGE: EVEN:

Intangibles: : The Browns' confidence has taken a hit after losses to the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers - both at home. Cleveland had lost four straight in Baltimore before winning last season on a late field goal. The Ravens are the fresher team after last Sunday's game was postponed because of Hurricane Ike. Dating to 2003, the Ravens are 12-4 against AFC North teams at home. EDGE: RAVENS:

Prediction: : Ailing offenses rarely get better against the Ravens, who are beginning to flex their muscles once again defensively. Turnovers will lead to some easy scoring opportunities for the offense and pave the way to a second straight win in the AFC North. RAVENS, 20-13:


Ravens offense

Pos. No. Player

WR 89 Clayton

LT 71 Gaither


LG 66 Grubbs

C 60 Brown

RG 73 Yanda

RT 78 Terry

TE 86 Heap

WR 85 Mason


QB 5 Flacco

FB 33 McClain

RB 23 McGahee

Browns defense

Pos. No. Player

LE 99 Williams


NT 92 Rogers

RE 91 Smith

OLB 55 McGinest

ILB 54 Davis

ILB 52 Jackson

OLB 95 Wimbley


CB 24 Joseph

CB 22 McDonald

SS 27 Sorenson

FS 21 Pool


Browns offense


Pos. No. Player

WR 17 Edwards

LT 73 Thomas

LG 68 McKinney

C 66 Fraley

RG 72 Tucker


RT 77 Shaffer

TE 80 Winslow

WR 16 Cribbs

QB 3 Anderson

FB 47 Vickers

RB 31 Lewis


Ravens defense

Pos. No. Player

LE 90 Pryce

NT 94 Bannan

RE 92 Ngata

OLB 95 Johnson


ILB 52 Lewis

ILB 57 Scott

OLB 55 Suggs

CB 21 McAlister

CB 22 Rolle

SS 26 Landry


FS 20 Reed