Don’t expect a penalty-free game Monday night between the Ravens and Browns.
The Browns have been penalized 83 times for 743 yards against. Heading into Sunday’s games, those 83 penalties were tied with the Dolphins for third-most in the NFL, trailing only the Buccaneers (97) and the Bills (95).
The Ravens have been penalized 78 times, the league’s 10-highest total heading into Week 12, for 751 yards against. Ravens coach John Harbaugh has been irked by some of the needless personal foul penalties. Ravens safety Terrence Brooks committed one against the Rams in Week 11, an unnecessary roughness penalty during a punt return.
There have been numerous officiating mistakes throughout the NFL this season, and one of those officiating mistakes cost the Ravens dearly in their loss to the Jaguars in Week 10.
However, the Ravens also know they need to do a better job avoiding penalties. Playing their first game without quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Justin Forsett on Monday night, the Ravens may not be able to overcome drive-killing penalties.
Harbaugh said Saturday that the Ravens had enjoyed a solid week of practice. We’ll see if that translates into a sharp performance Monday, in which penalties are not a major issue.