BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – If you’re expecting the Baltimore Ravens to think they’ve got the weekend off with Browns starting quarterback Robert Griffin III sidelined, think again.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh remembers all to well McCown’s record day against them in a 33-30 overtime win in Baltimore last October. McCown lit the Ravens up by completing 36 of 51 passes for a single-game Browns franchise record 457 yards and 2 touchdowns.
“He has played very well against us,” Harbaugh said. “When you break him down both on the tape and on paper, he has had a heck of career.
“We have seen him at his best up close and personal, and that is what we are preparing for.”
While many point to McCown’s 2-17 record in his last 19 starts between Tampa Bay and Cleveland, not all of it is on the 37-year old QB. McCown has thrown for at least 210 yards in 10 of those starts and last year in 8 starts for the Browns he threw for over 2,100 yards with 14 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
Aside from dealing with McCown and his supporting cast, Harbaugh isn’t expecting a warm welcome seeing as it is the Browns’ home opener and alumni weekend on top of it.
“The home opener is real. Not only that, [but] they have the greats coming in,” Harbaugh said. “That makes it even more difficult for the opponent, because the crowd is going to be amped up to see all of the legendary Browns players from over the years. We know what we’re getting into that way.
“We know Cleveland, we know their fans, we know how tough they are [and] how much they support their team. It’s always loud. They’re not big fans of the Ravens, obviously. They’ve made their feelings very clear to us over the years about how they feel about us, so we’ll be hearing about it.”
Browns head coach Hue Jackson tried to disguise a fake punt and broke out a few of his famed formations on offense last week to the Eagles. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs expects Jackson, who was Baltimore’s quarterbacks coach from 2008-2009, to dip into his bag of tricks Sunday afternoon in an effort to pull off his first win in Cleveland.
“We’re expecting Hue to throw the kitchen sink at us,” Suggs, who has 16 sacks, 7 forced fumbles and 8 passes defensed in his career against the Browns, said. “We’re preparing for everything. Some wildcat, polecat, everything. Don’t be surprised if they come out there with that ‘Little Giants’ formation or the Flying V. They’ve got something up their sleeve. We’ve just got to be able to prepare for it and react to it.”
Top Tier Flacco – If Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco ever becomes Hall of Fame worthy, he should thank the Browns during his induction speech. Flacco is 13-2 against Cleveland and has thrown 19 TDs – the most against any single team for him.
“He’s right up there in the top tier [of QBs],” cornerback Joe Haden said. “He can make every throw and he’s comfortable. He knows where he wants to go with it. He’s super smart, reads defenses. So he’s the best of the best that are in the league as far as just understanding what’s going on.”
Flacco is coming off a strong debut that saw him complete passes to 10 different receivers – including a 66-yard TD strike to Mike Wallace – in their 13-7 win over Buffalo in Week 1.
Quote of the Day – “Got a birth certificate?” – ESPN’s Pat McManamon after run game coordinator Kirby Wilson opened his Friday presser with, “I’d like to announce I’m running for president.”
Injury Report – FULL: CB Marcus Burley (groin), S Derrick Kindred (ankle), WR Terrelle Pryor (shoulder), LG John Greco (back) – all are expected to play Sunday.
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