5 Things To Watch vs. Browns


The Ravens will look for their first home win of the season as the Browns travel to M&T Bank Stadium for a Week 5 tilt.

Here are five things to watch:

Forsett Leading Ground Attack
Everything points to the Ravens pounding the rock against the Browns. Baltimore got its rushing attack in gear in Pittsburgh with Justin Forsett putting up 150 yards. The Ravens will get starting left tackle Eugene Monroe back in the lineup. Baltimore has a hurting wide receiver corps without Michael Campanaro and likely Steve Smith Sr. who is listed as doubtful to play. The Browns have the second-worst run defense in the league, allowing 141.5 yards per game so far. Cleveland will surely know Baltimore wants to run the ball and will bring extra defenders to help guard against it. Can the Ravens run anyway?

Backup Receivers Must Step Up
Much of the chatter this week has surrounded Baltimore's receivers. Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown will likely be Sunday's starters with rookie sixth-round pick Darren Waller and newly acquired Chris Givens also stepping in. For the first time all year, the Ravens have a deep speed threat with Givens. But it remains to be seen how much of an impact he can make in his first game in purple and black considering he'll have just four practices under his belt. Aiken and Brown, two former undrafted rookies, have both made plays as complementary receivers, but they'll be the lead dogs now.

Flacco's Interception Streak
Quarterback Joe Flacco has thrown an interception in each of the Ravens' first four games. He's never tossed a pick in five straight. Flacco said he needs to do a better job of seeing the throw before he lets go of the ball. On a couple of picks, he never saw the defender. Expect Flacco to do more pump faking and look through more of his reads against the Browns. That means the offensive line will have to do a better job of giving him time.

Secondary's Follow-Up Performance
The Browns aren't thought of as having a high-flying offensive attack, but they actually rank ninth in the NFL in passing offense, two spots ahead of the Ravens. Quarterback Josh McCown has averaged nearly 350 yards passing the past two weeks and wide receiver Travis Benjamin has the fourth-best average yards per reception in the league (20.5 yards). Baltimore's secondary had a good night in Pittsburgh, but needs to make it two in a row, and it starts with limiting big plays.

Tucker's Accuracy At Home
Tucker is about as automatic as kickers come, but his only miss this season came in Week 3 at M&T Bank Stadium. Tucker also missed two kicks at home against the Browns in a Week 2 matchup in 2013. For his career, Tucker has made 95.2 percent of his field goals on the road and 83.9 percent of his attempts at home. After beating the Steelers with a 52-yard field goal Thursday night, Tucker may be called on again against the Browns in what could very well be another close game. Five of the Ravens' last seven games against Cleveland have been decided by one possession.

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