Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/27/12

Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens


The new age Browns (Cleveland Browns) versus the old school Browns (Baltimore Ravens). It is known that the Ravens aren't happy about playing in the Thursday night game after playing in the Sunday night game. While they think they are not getting enough rest or time to game plan, the scheduling gods did help them out by putting them up against the 0-3 Browns. Ravens offense has been on a roll through three weeks and are facing a very friendly Browns defense this week and will continue on their roll. 

Baltimore Ravens (2-1): Joe Flacco has thrown for 913 yards and six touchdowns already this season. Flacco has came out strong this season in what is a contract year and will show no signs of slowing down again this week against a Joe Haden-less Brown's secondary.

Ray Rice led the NFL in total yards from scrimmage last season and even though the Ravens have turned toward the passing game more often this year, Rice has the skill-set to still stay heavily involved in the offense. Rice has already accumulated 20 targets through three games.

Torrey Smith played a very inspired game last week after dealing with a family tragedy. He has become one of Flacco's favorite targets who looks to connect on the deep routes at least twice a week.

Anquan Boldin could be a sneaky play this week for a bye week filler for any of you Colts or Steelers receivers.

Dennis Pitta scored again last week and compiled seven targets. He now has 18 receptions for 188 yards and two touchdowns. With the amount of targets he sees and his ability makes him a safe play every week.

Good starts: Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith

Middle of the road: Anquan Boldin, Dennis Pitta

Bad starts: Jacoby Jones, Ed Dickson


Cleveland Browns (0-3): Brandon Weeden has started off slow this season as expected from a rookie quarterback.

Trent Richardson has had one good game this season and could be a cautionary start this week against the Ravens defense, which hasn't been as stout as past years.

Greg Little, Mohammed Massaquoi and Josh Gordon should all be riding the pine for your fantasy team this week.

Good starts: Trent Richardson

Middle of the road: --

Bad starts: Brandon Weeden, Greg Little, Josh Gordon, Mohammed Massaquoi

 

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