Browns Wary of Ravens

Cleveland is nervous that Baltimore has been backed into a corner

BEREA –Sometimes it's not good to back a creature into a corner. As is the case, the Browns expect the Ravens to come after them as they are backed into a corner.

The Browns travel to Baltimore to face the 1-3 Ravens in a key divisional game.

"They have a well-deserved reputation on defense," center Jeff Faine said. "I'm sure they feel they're better than their record indicates and they feel their backs are against the wall and they can bounce back."

The Ravens are off to their worst start in franchise history, dropping three of their first four games. They're coming off a 35-17 loss on the road to the Lions, where they committed 21 penalties.

Romeo Crennel knows how talented the Ravens are.

"I know they have good talent and good ability," Crennel said. "Hopefully, they won't get in sync for a couple of weeks."

The offense knows they will have a tough task this week.

"I don't see any drop off in their play," Faine said. "Ray Lewis is still Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs is still Terrell Suggs. They have a bunch of good players over there."

The Ravens defense is littered with No. 1 draft choices and All-Pro players besides Lewis and Suggs as in 2004 Defensive Player of the Year Ed Reed, and Chris McAlister.

Trent Dilfer knows he's going to be up against a top defense.

"They rally around Ray (Lewis)," Dilfer said. "They are ranked highly on defense and we must play well in order to beat them."

Uncharacteristic of the Ravens defense is the Ravens have given up 21.8 points a game, compared to the Browns 18.5 allowed per game. However, the Ravens are second overall in defense (No. 4 in rushing and passing defense). Their weakness is they ranked 31st in turnover ratio at minus 9.

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