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The Browns by the numbers

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The Browns by the numbers

The Browns might not be ready to contend in the AFC North yet, but after starting off 0-5 they have won two of their past three, including a 34-24 win over Cincinnati. And with 19 rookies or second-year players on the roster, this is a young team that might be starting to hit its stride just in time for the Ravens' visit on Sunday.

Here are some other enlightening numbers about the Browns:

0 : Number of times John Harbaugh, Ray Rice and Joe Flacco have lost to Cleveland. Since 2008, when those three arrived, the Ravens are 9-0, including  a 23-16 win in Baltimore this year.

2.7: Ray Rice's average gain in the first meeting between the teams this season (18 carries, 49 yards). That was his lowest per-carry average in nine games against the Browns.

4: The number of games Browns cornerback Joe Haden missed earlier this season while suspended for a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. He missed the first meeting with the Ravens, but the Browns are 2-1 since his return and Ravens coach John Harbaugh calls Haden "a difference-maker."

5: The number of dropped passes for Browns receiver Greg Little,  which is tied for seventh-most in the league. It has been a recurring problem for Browns receivers, especially Little, and was in the first meeting between the Ravens and Browns as well.

7: Number of field goals of 50 yards or longer Browns kicker Phil Dawson made last season (in eight attempts). In the first meeting betwen the Browns and Ravens this season, Dawson was 3-for-3, hitting from 50, 51 and 52 yards.

8: Career kickoff return touchdowns for Josh Cribbs, the most in NFL history. Cribbs, who had a 92-yard kickoff return touchdown against the Ravens in 2008 and a punt return touchdown against them last season, left the first game against the Ravens this season after being hurt on a punt return. He is back, though, and ranks fourth in kickoff returns with an average runback of 30.3 yards.

10: Number of interceptions thrown by Browns quartberback Brandon Weeden, tied for second in the league. But he's thrown just one in the past three games, a total of 97 passes.

13: Number of seasons Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome played for the Browns. The Hall of Fame tight end finished his Browns career with 662 catches for 7,980 yards, a team record.

19: Number of sacks by the Browns, seven more than by the Ravens. Former Maryland linebacker D'Qwell Jackson leads the Browns with three sacks.

19.3: The Browns' scoring average, which ranks 25th in the league.

41: Forecast high temperature in Cleveland on Sunday. Weather is often a factor when you play on the shores of Lake Erie in November or December.

 

 

 

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

Football is back in session for the Ravens.

Their rookies are set to report to the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills, Md Wednesday. Veterans report next Wednesday, the 18th.

The team is reporting to training camp a bit earlier than most NFL teams. Due to Ray Lewis being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Canton, Oh, the Ravens will face the Chicago Bears in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2. Teams participating are eligible to begin training camp earlier.

This rookie class is already generating national attention. While the Ravens stand by Joe Flacco as their QB1, first-round pick Lamar Jackson could cause a shakeup at some point during the season. And when it comes to much-needed offensive help, tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews could begin to provide relief. 

Third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. begins his journey with the Ravens in a more sentimental fashion. His father, Orlando "Zeus" Brown, also played tackle for the Ravens from 1996-98 and then again from 2003-05. Brown passed away in 2011. 

Stay with NBC Sports Washington throughout the next several weeks as we keep a close eye on the Ravens' preseason. 

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

There's only six months until the NFL playoffs and we've got no time to waste.

OK, maybe we're getting a little ahead of ourselves but online betting site, Oddshark, released their early 2018 NFL playoff odds and the Ravens are in a similar situation as previous years.

The Ravens are sitting at +135 — tied for 13th with the San Francisco 49ers — for the best odds to play January football. This would place them in the seventh seed among AFC teams and just outside contention.

The Patriots (-1500), Steelers (-550), Chargers (-145), Jaguars (-140), Texans (-135), and Chiefs (+120) are seeded above them respectively. 

During the 2017 season, the Ravens were constantly in the hunt for the fifth or sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture. Several weeks ahead of training camp, Vegas is predicting that to be the case in 2018.

Playoff odds in July mean nothing, but considering their offseason changes, the Ravens' 2018 season should bring positive change.

They added weapons for Joe Flacco in free agents Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John Brown, and drafted tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews.

Then there was the late first-round draft pick of QB Lamar Jackson. Flacco remains the starter for now, but it will be interesting to see if that changes midway through the season or if they get them both on the field at the same time.

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