Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/2/12
Baltimore: The Ravens come off their bye week after taking a major beating at the hands of the Houston Texans in Week 7.Baltimore’s vaunted defense has taken its lumps, having suffered major injuries with the biggest being the heart and soul of the defense, Ray Lewis.  Luckily they’ve had the bye to re-group, but now this is a team that will have to be more offense-centric in order to have success down the stretch.Joe Flacco has played close to elite when at home, but hasn’t been as good on the road. Overall, he’s averaging over 260 yards per game and has 9 TDs total on the year. Not great numbers, and he’ll have to step it up for the Ravens to have a shot at their division.With Flacco misfiring some, Torrey Smith is a favorite sleeper that hasn’t quite woken up yet. With the Browns ranked just 26th against the pass though, this could be the breakout game that we’ve all been waiting for from Smith.While Flacco hasn’t been at his best so far this year, Ray Rice has been proving that he was worth his lofty draft status. Rice is currently on pace for over 1,800 total yards and 11 TDs, which would put him in the top 3 for RBs in just about every scoring system.Good Start: RB Ray Rice, WR Torrey SmithMiddle of the Road: QB Joe Flacco, WR Anquan Boldin, TE Dennis PittaBad Start: WR Jacoby Jones, TE Ed Dickson Cleveland: If any team knows how to win ugly, it’s the Cleveland Browns. Last week, the Browns got a win over the Chargers, but when the final score is 7-6, does anyone really win?Certainly fantasy owners didn’t, especially those expecting a lot more offense considering both the Chargers and Browns don’t have very good defenses.The only player that was worth putting in lineups last week was Trent Richardson; but with the Ravens in town this week, the passing game should be a bit better than last week. The Ravens rank 24th against the pass, so Brandon Weeden and new favorite deep threat Josh Gordon should be pretty good plays along side Richardson. The rest of the passing game isn’t predictable enough to consider giving a start to.Good Start: RB Trent RichardsonMiddle of the Road: QB Brandon Weeden, WR Josh GordonBad Start: WR Greg Little, TE Ben Watson, TE Jordan Cameron
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