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5 stats that stand out ahead of Ravens-Browns

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
Ravens, Browns rarely lead in games. More on that, plus four other stats that stand out:

With so little known about what the Ravens offense will look like without quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Justin Forsett, it's hard to read too much into the first 10 games of offensive stats. So here are five stats, mostly about the defense, that stand out ahead of the Ravens' visit to FirstEnergy Stadium Monday night, where they'll play the 2-8 Cleveland Browns.

10:09: Monday's game, unless it's tied the whole time, will feature one team in a position they don't often find themselves in: the lead. The Browns have led for an average of 10 minutes, 9 seconds per game, the smallest amount of time in the NFL this season. The Ravens aren't that much better, having led for an average of 12:23 per game. Only Cleveland and Chicago have led less this season. On Sunday, the Ravens didn't lead until the final whistle. The Browns are 31st in the NFL with 38:25 per game trailing. The Ravens are a few minutes ahead, averaging 34:49 trailing per game, 29th in the NFL.

32: Browns tight end Gary Barnidge, with his eight catches for 139 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 at M&T Bank Stadium, accounted for 32 percent of all opposing tight end yards against the Ravens this season. The Ravens are tied for second-best in the NFL in several tight end defense categories, including receptions (39), touchdowns (two), and targets (62). Yet just six teams have allowed more yards to opposing tight ends than the Ravens' 438. Barnidge accounted for a disproportionate amount of them, but given the recent rise in play by inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, that might not be repeated Monday.

7: In one of their worst games of the season, the Ravens secondary allowed seven pass plays of 20 yards or more to the Browns in Week 5, 19 percent of their 36 "big play" completions allowed this season. The Ravens have largely cleaned that up, however, with just two big plays allowed in each of their past two games. The St. Louis Rams' pair of plays, however, were similar to the Browns' big ones — a tight end going uncovered down the field, and a running back screen out of the backfield.

28: With 28 solo tackles this season, Brandon Williams has the third-most solo tackles by a defensive tackle this season, behind Linval Joseph of the Minnesota Vikings and Bennie Logan of the Philadelphia Eagles. Williams is coming off another standout game in a breakout season and has a career high seven tackles for a loss. Williams had a sack and three tackles against the Browns in their first game this season, and it will be a different matchup with rookie Cameron Erving in the lineup now at left guard, but expect more good things from Williams Monday.

4: With Za'Darius Smith's blocked field-goal attempt against the Jacksonville Jaguars now officially credited in the team's stats, and defensive end Lawrence Guy's blocked extra-point attempt Sunday against the Rams, the Ravens have recorded one block in each of the past four games. Cornerback Asa Jackson blocked a punt and an extra point in consecutive weeks before the bye.

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