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Offense Continues Onslaught as Ravens Stay Undefeated 2

Posted on September 27, 2009 by Dean Hybl
Derrick Mason caught five passes for 118 yards against the Browns.

Derrick Mason caught five passes for 118 yards against the Browns.

The Baltimore Ravens scored more than 30 points for the third straight week to remain undefeated with a 34-3 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Few expected the Browns to win the game, but the Ravens took the visitors out of contention from the very beginning.

After a pass interception by Domonique Foxworth on the first drive of the game, the Ravens went 31 yards in six plays to take the early lead.
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NFL Preview Week 3: Ravens Look to Stay Undefeated Against Browns 1

Posted on September 26, 2009 by Dean Hybl

Ray Rice rushed for 154 yards against the Browns in their last meeting.

Ray Rice rushed for 154 yards against the Browns in their last meeting.

Overview: On paper, this game looks to be a mismatch as you have a Baltimore team that has looked like a Super Bowl contender in the first two weeks hosting a Cleveland squad that has looked like a contender for the first pick in the 2010 draft.

Consider the team’s history of having a great defense and struggling offense, it is surprising that the Ravens have used their offense to set the tone in the first two weeks. They have scored more than 30 points in both games so far this season. Last year Baltimore didn’t reach the 30-point mark until the eighth week of the season (against Cleveland).

The woes for Cleveland cannot be solely placed on quarterback Brady Quinn. The Browns are allowing 30 points per game and Quinn has been sacked nine times in two games.
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Classic Rewind: 1968 Browns at Colts 15

Posted on September 24, 2009 by Dean Hybl

Each week during the 2009 NFL season, Sports Then and Now will pick one NFL matchup and look through the history books to find an intriguing past meeting between the two teams. We will recap the game and hopefully help reintroduce (or introduce for you younger readers) you to some of the greats (and in some cases not so greats) from the history of professional football.

Thanks to the decision in 1995 by Art Modell to move the beloved Cleveland Browns to Baltimore a decade after the Colts left in the middle of the night for Indianapolis, Cleveland and Baltimore are forever linked and more than a decade later there is still resentment and anger among some long-time Cleveland fans.

This week as the Baltimore Ravens and current Cleveland Browns are preparing to do battle, we look at a game between the two predecessor franchises in those two cities. The Baltimore Colts and original Cleveland Browns had some classic confrontations during the 1950s and 1960s. But their regular season meeting during the 1968 season is one of the most noteworthy.

The Matchup: Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Colts

Series Record: Between 1956 and 1983 the Browns and Colts met 15 times with Cleveland holding a 10-5 series advantage, including wins in their final five meetings. The two teams met in the playoffs three times, with Baltimore holding a 2-1 edge. However, Cleveland defeated the Colts 27-0 to win the 1964 NFL Championship. There were some other memorable moments in the series including a 38-31 Cleveland victory in 1959 in which Jim Brown rushed for five touchdowns and Johnny Unitas passed for four scores. In 1978, veteran running back Calvin Hill caught three touchdown passes to lift the Browns to a 45-24 victory. Two years later, Bert Jones led the Colts on a furious fourth quarter comeback that fell just short in a 28-27 Cleveland victory.

However, of all the meetings, the 1968 matchup is the most interesting and worthy of a Classic Rewind.

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