SCOUTING REPORT

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Ravens run offense vs. Browns run defense: This is how the Ravens swept the Browns last season, running the ball a total of 85 times in two meetings. The Ravens gained 344 rushing yards against Cleveland, spreading the ball around to Ray Rice (175 yards), Le'Ron McClain (100) and Willis McGahee (64). In the first two weeks, teams have run the ball 55 percent of the time against Cleveland. The Browns have the NFL's fifth-worst run defense, giving up 5.6 yards per carry and five rushing touchdowns. Pro Bowl nose tackle Shaun Rogers is questionable with a foot injury. Edge: RAVENS

Ravens pass offense vs. Browns pass defense: Joe Flacco ranks seventh in the NFL in quarterback rating (96.1) and is tied for second in touchdown passes (five). Seven Ravens have caught at least five passes, and four have at least one touchdown. The Ravens have converted half of their third downs, which is fourth-best in the NFL. In two games, the Browns have recorded two sacks and no interceptions. Last Sunday, the Denver Broncos' Kyle Orton threw for 263 yards against struggling Browns cornerbacks Brandon McDonald and Eric Wright. Cleveland gave up four pass plays of 20 yards or more. Edge: RAVENS

Browns run offense vs. Ravens run defense: Jamal Lewis is doubtful against his former teammates because of a hamstring injury. But it might not matter if he did play. Behind a resurgent Ray Lewis, the Ravens have the NFL's top-ranked run defense. Teams are averaging 41 rushing yards per game and 2.2 yards per carry against the Ravens. If Jamal Lewis is sidelined, Cleveland will go with rookie James Davis, a sixth-round pick out of Clemson. At right guard, starter Floyd Womack (ankle) and backup Rex Hadnot (knee) are both doubtful. Browns rookie center Alex Mack, a first-round pick, faces a tough matchup in nose tackle Kelly Gregg. Edge: RAVENS

Browns pass offense vs. Ravens pass defense: The Ravens, who gave up big plays to the San Diego Chargers' big receivers, face another challenge in the Browns' Braylon Edwards. In six games against the Ravens, Edwards has scored four touchdowns. But Cleveland quarterback Brady Quinn doesn't have the big arm to test cornerbacks Fabian Washington and Domonique Foxworth downfield. Quinn is averaging 5.5 yards per attempt. This could be the game in which the Ravens get their pass rush on track. Quinn has been sacked nine times, which is second most in the NFL. Linebacker Jarret Johnson, who leads the Ravens with two sacks, could be a game-time decision with a shoulder injury. Free safety Ed Reed didn't practice Friday and is questionable with a neck injury.

Edge: RAVENS

Special teams: Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the Browns probably have the best specialists in the NFL in returner Joshua Cribbs, kicker Phil Dawson and punter Dave Zastudil. Dawson, however, is out with a calf injury in his kicking leg. The Browns have signed Billy Cundiff to replace Dawson. Cribbs has hurt the Ravens in the past, totaling 237 kickoff return yards against them last season - including a 92-yard touchdown. It will be critical that the Ravens' Steve Hauschka gets distance on his kickoffs. The Ravens need to boost their return game. They are tied for 14th in punt returns and rank 30th on kickoffs. Edge: BROWNS

Intangibles: First-year Browns coach Eric Mangini hasn't endeared himself to the players. A week ago, he reportedly fined a player $1,701 for not paying for a $3 bottle of water from the hotel minibar. The Browns are trying to avoid going 0-3 for the third time in four seasons. Since 2004, Cleveland is 2-13 on the road in the AFC North. Since 2003, the Ravens are 13-5 at home against division opponents. Edge: RAVENS

Prediction: If the Ravens avoid turnovers, this one won't be close. The Ravens have been unstoppable on offense this season. Wait, did I just say that about the Ravens? RAVENS, 31-10

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