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Game Preview: Browns vs Ravens

Browns vs Ravens (Source: WOIO) Browns vs Ravens (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The Cleveland Browns will take on the Baltimore Ravens for the 31st time on Sunday.

History:

The Ravens hold a demanding 22-8 series lead over the Browns. In addition, the Ravens have won 12 of the last 13 match ups, the last time the Browns defeated the Ravens was in 2013.

This year has a different feel for the Ravens though, they lost their first three games for the first time in franchise history and currently sit at 1-3 after defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4. 

The Browns are also 1-3 and looking for their second win on the year. The Browns lost in dramatic fashion last week against the Chargers, losing on a last second field goal, that originally was missed, but the Chargers had a retry after a Browns penalty. 

Break it down:

The stats are fairly similar on both teams, They're in the middle of the pack when it comes to points per game and yards per game, but are in the latter half of the NFL in rushing yards per game. The Browns and Ravens do however rank in the Top 11 in passing yards per game. The numbers show these teams are closer than many would think and it should, as always, be a close game that could come down to the final drive. 

Missing pieces:

Browns pro bowl corner back Joe Haden missed last week's game against the Chargers with a broken finger. The Ravens are also missing a huge piece on defense and offense. In the first game of the season they lost Terrell Suggs for the year. Last week against the Steelers, veteran wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. would be knocked out of the game after he sustained small fractures in his back. Smith is unlikely to go, Haden's status is still up in the air. 

Browns or Ravens:

To the naked eye who has watched football the last eight years, they would look at this game and think the Ravens win easily, but many believe it will be close than you think, and even believe the Browns could win, including our Tony Zarrella, check out his recent 'Z Files' article on his Week 5 pick HERE. Who do you think wins on Sunday? Follow us on Twitter and voice your opinion @WOIOSports.    

As always, Tailgate 19 kicks off your football Sunday with Tony Zarrella, Bernie Kosar, Bob Golic and Chuck Booms. You may be surprised with who picks the Browns this week, find out at 11:00 A.M. on Sunday. For highlights of recent Tailgate 19 shows, click HERE.

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