Will the Browns Get Run Over?

The Ravens power running game wiped out the Browns in September. Due for a repeat?

When the Ravens won 34-3 on Sept. 27, they mashed the Browns with 142 yards on 28 carries, a 5.1-yard average. One of those was a 34-yard gain by Willis McGahee.

That was when the Browns were healthy defensively. When their season resumes in a home Monday night game against the Ravens on Nov. 16, they will be without inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (pectoral surgery), their leading tackler the last two years, and most likely will be without inside linebacker Eric Barton, their leading tackler this season. Barton faces possible neck surgery after being injured in Chicago.

The top inside linebackers now are David Bowens and rookie Kaluka Maiava. Bowens had been starting outside, a job now belonging to Jason Trusnik. Trusnik can play inside in some defensive formations.

This is not the best way for the Browns to get back into action after their bye. They are 1-7 and have already given up 209 points. They have allowed 30 or more points four times. They can certainly expect the Ravens to run at Maiava, who at 229 pounds is three pounds lighter than McGahee.



--OL Rex Hadnot has secured a starting spot at right guard, displacing Floyd Womack.

--RB Jerome Harrison has been told he must improve in blitz pickup. He had five carries vs. the Bears.

--TE Robert Royal missed the Bears game with a hamstring injury but expects to play against the Ravens.

--The Browns have intercepted four passes. Brodney Pool has three of the picks.

--The Browns are perfect on field goal tries. Phil Dawson is 4 of 4 and Billy Cundiff was 6 of 6 before being waived.

--With five sacks LB Kamerion Wimbley has exceeded his 2008 total and matched his sack production in 2007.

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