If you're the Browns, do you pick your poison when you go against the Baltimore Ravens?
Maybe, but if you do, then you had better be careful, because the Ravens will present a lot of poison when they face the Browns on Monday Night Football at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
There are six Ravens who must be licking their chops in anticipation of the game, for they have made their career with their performances against the Browns in the past.
The list includes...
Quarterback Joe Flacco: In the Ravens' 34-3 win over Cleveland at Baltimore in Week 3, he completed 25-of-35 passes for a then career-high 342 yards and a season-high 111.8 quarterback rating. And in a 37-27 victory last year at Cleveland, he was 17-of-29 for 248 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. For his short two-year career, he has a 95.4 quarterback rating against the Browns.
Tight end Todd Heap: He had four catches for 41 yards against the Browns earlier this year, and his 51 career receptions for 549 yards against Cleveland are the second-most he's had against any opponent.
Wide receiver Derrick Mason: He has recorded two consecutive 100-yard receiving games against the Browns, getting 118 on five catches earlier this year and 136 on nine receptions last seasonr at Cleveland. He has four 100-yard games against the Browns overall. His 73 career catches are the second-most he's had against any team, and his 1,151 yards are the most.
In addition, his 90 career catches on MNF are the third-most in the NFL among active players, and his 1,151 receiving yards are No. 5.
Linebacker Ray Lewis: His four interceptions against the Browns are the second-most against any team, as are his six sacks.
Linebacker Terrell Suggs: His 11 sacks and seven forced fumbles against Cleveland are his most against any team.
Safety Ed Reed: He has really hurt the Browns. His eight interceptions and 304 return yards are the most he's had against any team in his career.
He has the most career interception yards against the Browns in NFL history, more than double the amount of St. Louis Cardinals Pro Football Hall of Famer Larry Wilson (147 from 1960-69). Kenny Easley (125 from 1981-84) is third. His interceptions are tied for second with the Cincinnati Bengals' Ken Riley (1972-83) and the Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Wagner (1971-80). Wilson is first with 10.
Reed has returned three picks for TDs, the most over against the Browns. That includes a 106-yarder against the Browns in 2004 that set a record for the longest in league history. He has since broken that mark with a 107-yarder against the Philadelphia Eagles last year.
If all this isn't enough, then consider the fact the Ravens amassed 479 total yards against Cleveland earlier this year, tying for the second-most in team history.
FAMILIAR FACES: There are still 10 former Browns employees who made the trip from Cleveland in 1996 and are still with the Ravens. That includes six of the team's vice presidents (Ozzie Newsome, Kevin Byrne, Bill Jankowski, Pat Moriarity, Bill Tessendorf and Bob Eller). Another former Brown, defensive back Vince Newsome, is in Baltimore as director of pro personnel. It states in the Ravens press release for the game that Newsome "was a standout safety for the Browns for the final two years of his 10-year career." Standout safety? He was a starter in both 1991 and '92, getting a combined total of four interceptions, including a team-leading three in the latter year. Newsome was a decent safety.
GOOD EXCUSE: John Harbaugh was quite late for his conference call with the Cleveland media on Wednesday. The reason? "When the owner (Steve Bisciotti) wants to have lunch with you, you go," Harbaugh said. Was Bisciotti using the occasion to give the coach a vote of confidence with the team struggling along at 4-4? "No, he was just hungry and wanted to eat," Harbaugh laughed.
AND FINALLY: The Ravens are 14-7 against the Browns all-time and have won three straight. However, Baltimore leads just 6-4 in games at Cleveland.