This week’s Thursday night game features divisional rivals as the Cleveland Browns go into Baltimore to take on the Ravens. This could be tougher than many would expect for the Ravens. They have a very quick turnaround after playing on Sunday night and they did it with heavy hearts as well. After learning about his brother’s death in the morning Wide receiver Torrey Smith went out and was the key focal point in the Ravens passing game. He recorded over 100 yards and two touchdowns and should once again be targeted heavily against a Browns secondary that is missing Joe Haden.
For the Browns, this is the first time their first round picks Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden will be playing on the national stage. Richardson was considered by many to have been the best running back to enter the draft since Adrian Peterson. Up to this point, he had an excellent game in week two against the Bengals but his production has been below expectations. For Weeden he has had the expected ups and downs of a rookie quarterback. Unfortunately for Weeden, most of those quarterbacks aren’t already 28 years old. Like Richardson, he was highly effective against the Bengals but has thrown six interceptions in the two other games.
Overall this game should be competitive but with the Browns being shorthanded on defense, Joe Flacco and Ray Rice should be able to take full advantage. A big thing to take away from this game is how a young team like the Browns handles adversity against a rival on the road. Their response could play a big factor in their coach Pat Shurmur’s future in Cleveland.
Prediction: Browns 13 Ravens(-12.5) 27