Here's three key matchups in the Ravens' game against the Cleveland Browns on Monday at FirstEnergy Stadium:
Browns TE Gary Barnidge vs. Ravens S's Will Hill and Kendrick Lewis: Barnidge is tied for the team lead with 48 receptions, and has 667 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches. Tight ends have been hurting the Ravens downfield all season. Hill has been a thumper and is third on the team in tackles with 46. Lewis has struggled this season, especially in coverage. Edge: Browns.
Browns QB Josh McCown vs. Ravens DC Dean Pees: The Ravens were looking forward to facing quarterback Johnny Manziel, but instead they get McCown, who torched them for 457 passing yards earlier this season. Pees has to come up with a way to counter McCown, who doesn't run as well as Manziel but is a better passer and has good athleticism. Edge: Even.
Browns LBs Karlos Dansby and Craig Robertson vs. Ravens RBs Buck Allen and Terrance West: Cleveland has the worst run defense in the NFL, allowing 138.8 yards a game. Dansby leads the team in tackles with 79 and Robertson has 31. Allen will be making his first start for Justin Forsett after playing well last week against the St. Louis Rams. West might get to see his first action with the Ravens and it will be against his former teammates. Edge: Ravens