The NFL didn't do the Baltimore Ravens any favors by having them play four times over an 18-day span, including three night games.
In what might be perceived as a conciliatory gesture, the schedule-maker enabled the Ravens to conclude that difficult stretch at home Thursday night against the winless Cleveland Browns.
Baltimore (2-1) has won 12 straight at home, the longest streak in the NFL, and its nine-game run against the AFC North is also the top active streak among teams within their own division. Throw in the fact that the Ravens have won eight in a row over the Browns (0-3) by a collective score of 203-91, and it would appear as if this game is a mismatch.
The equalizer is Baltimore's quick turnaround. Ravens walked off the field shortly before midnight Sunday after their emotional 31-30 victory over the New England Patriots, and they'll be back on the turf for the opening kickoff against the Browns only 92 1/2 hours later.
''We've played Thursday after a Sunday, but we h...