BALTIMORE - Joe Flacco hopes to continue his mastery of the Browns. The Ravens’ starting quarterback has a 13-1 career record against Cleveland, including a perfect 7-0 t at home.
That makes Sunday’s 1 p.m. Browns (1-3) vs. Ravens (1-3) matchup a sure victory for Flacco and the Ravens, right?
Flacco doesn’t see it that way.
“I wish you could do that, but that’s not how it works, man,” Flacco said a few days ago. “These (Browns) games are some of the toughest games that I’ve played in, coming down to the fourth quarter and whether we’ve had to come back and win or whether we’ve had to seal the game with a touchdown late versus a tough defense.
“This is going to be another tough one and we’re ready for it.”
Even when Flacco starts slowly against the Browns, he usually finds a way to turn it on. In Week 17 last year against the Browns, the Ravens looked terrible for three quarters. Then Flacco led three fourth-quarter scoring drives, and the Ravens rallied to a 20-10 victory that helped clinch a playoff berth.
A short-handed Ravens receiving corps could make Flacco’s job more difficult in this matchup. Steve Smith (back) is not expected to play, and wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) and tight end Crockett Gillmore (calf) are out. But Flacco vs. Browns usually equals victory for Baltimore.