CLEVELAND – Here’s your wakeup call for Ravens at Browns today (1 p.m.), and five players to watch once the action gets started:
Terrell Suggs, Ravens OLB – It’s going to be an emotional game for the Ravens, playing just one day after the death of longtime defensive line coach Clarence Brooks. Suggs and Brooks had a coach-player relationship for more than a decade, and shared a close bond. In only his second game since last year’s Achilles injury, Suggs may have to lead the Ravens’ pass rush, especially with linebacker Elvis Dumervil (foot) not playing, and linebacker Za’Darius Smith (ankle) questionable.
Josh McCown, Browns QB – He’s an obvious choice, considering his past success against the Ravens. Already 2-1 against the Ravens during his career, McCown will enter this game with confidence, and could be hard to cool off if the Ravens let him get hot.
Gary Barnidge, Browns TE – Barnidge didn’t have a catch last week, but that should change with McCown at quarterback instead of Robert Griffin III. When the Browns beat the Ravens in Baltimore last year, Barnidge had eight catches for 139 yards, including a circus between-the-legs grab for a touchdown. Expect McCown to look for Barnidge early, and to target him throughout the game.
Mike Wallace, Ravens WR – Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco loves the addition of Wallace, who gives him a veteran deep ball target to stretch the field. We saw Wallace and Flacco hook up for a 66-yard TD play in Week 1. Why wouldn’t they try for another deep connection in Week 2?
Terrance West, Ravens RB – West was a disappointment for the Browns after they drafted him in the third round (2014). The Browns have a new coaching staff, a new front office, and many new players, so West says this isn’t a revenge game for him. Not sure we should believe him. The Ravens want to get their running game going, and while Justin Forsett might be the main guy on Sunday, it could also be West.