Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens

The Cleveland Browns will be looking to avoid moving one step closer to a dubious league record when they visit the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night (Enter Contest). The Browns not only are attempting to avoid matching the worst start in franchise history, but also end the chances of joining the Detroit Lions as the only team to finish 0-16.

One of the reasons the Browns are in this predicament is a 25-20 loss to Baltimore in Week 2, when they blew a 20-2 first-quarter lead. Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta had nine catches for 102 yards (both season highs) in that game. John Harbaugh’s team were mired in a slide of their own heading into their bye, but snapped a four-game skid with a 21-14 win over visiting Pittsburgh on Sunday. That victory moved Baltimore back to the .500 mark and, more importantly, into a tie with the Steelers atop the AFC North.

ABOUT THE BROWNS (0-9)

Cleveland has had a revolving door at quarterback, losing starter Robert Griffin III in the season opener and watching Josh McCown suffer a broken collarbone against the Ravens. While McCown returned to the lineup in a narrow loss to the New York Jets in Week 8, coach Hue Jackson went back to Cody Kessler on Sunday and will stick with the rookie Thursday despite a nondescript effort against the Cowboys. The Browns managed only 45 yards rushing versus Dallas, including four on six carries by Isaiah Crowell, who ran for a season-high 133 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. Rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman returned to the lineup Sunday for the first time since catching two TD passes against Baltimore. The Browns are yielding 421.7 yards and 30.3 points per game, each ranking 31st in the league.

ABOUT THE RAVENS (4-4)

Baltimore’s defense came up big in the win over bitter rival Pittsburgh, holding the Steelers to 277 total yards and 36 on the ground to build a 21-0 lead in the third quarter. There remain plenty of concerns over the offense, which produced one touchdown scored by wideout Mike Wallace. They’ve also labored on the ground, rushing for 50 yards on 29 carries. Baltimore ranks 28th in the league with 81.8 yards rushing per game and is averaging 2.2 yards per carry over the past three contests. It’s a full two yards less than in the first five games. Quarterback Joe Flacco has more interceptions (seven) than TD passes (six) and a paltry 76.0 passer rating. The Ravens have won 15 of the past 17 meetings, although Cleveland won at Baltimore last season.

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Baltimore Ravens versus Cleveland Browns Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks 11-30-2015

The AFC North division will be showcased on Monday Night Football as the Cleveland Browns will be hosting the Baltimore Ravens. DFS GMs can tune to ESPN TV on November 30th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day league fantasy rosters.

These two division rivals had their first meeting back on October 11th and it was the Cleveland Browns earning the 33-30 victory on the road in overtime. It was a strong offensive performance by the Browns who produced 505 yards of offense. The run game only produced 83 yards on 25 carries so the Cleveland damage was done through the air. Veteran Josh McCown completed 36 of his 51 throws in the game for 457 yards with two touchdowns. With Johnny Manziel being demoted to the third string it will be Josh McCown getting the start on Monday night football in this game. Baltimore has success on the ground in defeat as they ran for 181 yards. Problem is Justin Forsett is out for the season now due to injury and he piled up 121 rushing yards and a touchdown in that meeting with Cleveland on October 11th. Joe Flacco threw for 210 yards and a touchdown but bad news for the Ravens last week as Flacco was lost to the season to a knee injury in their win against the St Louis Rams.

It has been a bad season for the Ravens. They enter Monday Night Football with a record of 3-7 and are 1-4 on the road. The team got off to a 0-3 start and was 1-6 after seven weeks of the season. Ravens have had a difficult time defending the pass this year as they surrender 257 yards through the air per game ranking 24th in the NFL. Opponents score 25 points per game on the Baltimore defense which ranks 23 in the league.

It is another bad season for the Cleveland Browns. The club is a disappointing 2-8 and is 1-3 on their home turf. Even with this poor record the Las Vegas oddsmakers have still listed the team as a -3 ½ point favorite for this game. The Browns have struggled on both sides of the football. They are 27th in total offense by gaining 335 yards per game. They run poorly for just 75 yards per game which is 31st and second to last in the NFL which contributes to 18.6 points per game average ranking 28th in the league. The Brown defense has digressed from previous seasons. They are 30th in both total and scoring defense by surrendering 407 yards and 27.7 points per game. Cleveland allows 27.7 points per game which is 30th and third to last in the NFL.  With games held in Cleveland in late November the weather could be a big factor for fantasy football draft managers. There is rain in the forecast after midnight but the temperatures will be OK at 44 degrees.

Cleveland Browns QB:

Josh McCown

McCown appears to be the best option at quarterback as the present time for the Browns. On the year he is completing 65% of his throws for 1897 yards with 11 touchdowns and four picks. The one thing Cleveland does is pass the football as they are 11th in the NFL in passing offense.

Cleveland Browns RB:

Isaiah Crowell

The Browns run terribly. Crowell has the most carries for the team in 2015 with 107 for 328 yards and a touchdown. He rushes for just 3.1 yards a carry.

Cleveland Browns WR:

Travis Benjamin

The four year veteran has caught 48 passes for 736 yards with four touchdowns. He averages 15.3 yards a catch.

Baltimore Ravens QB:

Matt Schaub

The veteran takes over for an ailing Joe Flacco. Schaub has seen no action in 2015. Last year with the Raiders he lost his starting job in preseason and was a backup to Derek Carr and passed for only 57 yards.

Baltimore Ravens RB:

Javorius Allen

Rookie Javorius Allen takes over for an injured Justin Forsett. He rushes against the worst team against the run on Monday.

Baltimore Ravens WR:

Kamar Allen

With Steve Smith Sr. injured Allen is the leader of the activated wide outs with 37 catches for 456 yards and three touchdowns.

NFL Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Josh McCown (Browns)

RB: Javorius Allen (Ravens)

WR: Travis Benjamin (Browns)

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Cleveland Browns versus Cincinnati Bengals Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks 11-5-2015

Thursday night football will feature two rivals from the AFC North as the Cincinnati Bengals will be home to meet the Cleveland Browns. DFS draft managers can tune to CBS TV on November 5th at 8:30PM Eastern Time from Cincinnati to track the scoring results of their fantasy football one day draft picks.

 

These two teams have split their two divisional meetings over the past five years. Cincinnati should be motivated in this spot because Cleveland went into Cincinnati last year and beat the Bengals 24-3. The Bengals are an undefeated football team entering Thursday night football with a record of 7-0. They come off a huge game at division rival Pittsburgh where they came away with the 16-10 victory that allowed the Bengals go up four games in the loss column over second place Pittsburgh in the AFC North division. The issue facing the Bengals is that if they are to earn a first round bye in the playoffs they will need to finish ahead of either New England or Denver but each of those teams are undefeated as well. Cincinnati has repeatedly said that post season success is a must this year so there is plenty to play for in this spot for the Bengals to bring focus. The team is solid on both sides of the football as they average 28.3 points a game good for third best in the league and they are seventh in the NFL in scoring defense by allowing 18.9 points to their opponents.

 

The Cleveland Browns continues their struggle as a franchise. The club is 2-6 and looks like their losses in 2015 may end in double digits. They are 1-3 on the road this year. The team has lost three straight after a 34-20 home defeat last week to the Arizona Cardinals. The Browns defense was carved up by the Arizona dynamic passing game as Carson Palmer threw for 374 yards and four touchdowns. This is something that has to concern Cleveland in this spot as Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has just as many weapons in his disposal to exploit their defense plus Cincinnati has a better downhill running game. Another issue for Cleveland in this spot is their starting quarterback Josh McCown will miss the game due to injury and it will be second year signal caller Johnny Manziel getting the start. The Browns have been poor on both sides. They are 30th and third last in the NFL in total defense as their opponents put up 405 yards per game. Cleveland is 32nd and last in the league in run defense. Over on offense the Browns average 20.9 points a game which is 25th ranking and in the lower third of the NFL.

 

Cincinnati Bengals QB:

 

Andy Dalton

 

The veteran quarterback for Cincinnati is completing 66.2% of his throws for 1992 yards with 15 touchdowns and 4 picks. He had his worst game of the year last week in the win at Pittsburgh with 60% passing for 231 yards with a touchdown and two picks with a QB rating of 64.7.

 

Cincinnati Bengals RB:

 

Giovani Bernard

 

Bernard has been the most efficient back in the backfield for the Bengals with 78 carries for 439 yards with two touchdowns. He is rushing for 5.6 yards a carry.

 

Cincinnati Bengals WR:

 

A.J. Green

 

The leading wide out for the Bengals has caught 46 balls for 649 yards and four touchdowns. Green is averaging 14.1 yards per reception.

 

Cleveland Browns QB:

 

Johnny Manziel

 

Manziel has seen action in four games with one start. He has completed 56% of his throws on the campaign for 393 yards with three touchdowns and a pick. He started in week two at home to Tennessee where he completed 53.3% of his throws for 172 yards with two touchdowns and no picks in a 28-14 win.

 

Cleveland Browns RB:

 

Isaiah Crowell

 

The Browns 28 year old running back has 91 carries on the year for 295 yards with a touchdown. He is running for just 3.2 yards a carry. Crowell has ten receptions out of the backfield for 134 yards and a touchdown.

 

Cleveland Browns WR:

 

Travis Benjamin

 

Benjamin has grabbed 38 passes for 601 yards with four touchdowns. He is averaging 15.8 yards a catch on the year.

 

NFL Thursday Night Football Cash Fantasy League Picks

QB: Andy Dalton (Bengals)

RB: Giovani Bernard (Bengals)

WR: A.J. Green (Bengals)

TE: Gary Barnidge (Browns)

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NFL Live Draft News 9-5-2015

Seattle Signs Veteran Running Back

The Seattle Seahawks added depth to their running back position with a one year contract given to former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson.

Fred Jackson:

His numbers dipped during the 2014 campaign. He had 141 carries for 525 yards for just 3.7 yards per rush attempt. That was his worst yards per carry number in his career. Jackson had just two rushing touchdowns and fumbled the football five times. The question for Seattle is who will Jackson take carries away from.

Marshawn Lynch:

Following the Super Bowl winning year Lynch improved on his yards per carry average by a half yard over the 2013 campaign. The running back carried the ball 280 times for 1306 yards and a 4.7 yards per rush average. He had a career long 79 yard run plus his 13 rushing touchdowns in 2014 was a career high. Lynch is an underrated weapon in the passing game. Marshawn Lynch caught 37 balls last year for 367 yards and four touchdowns with 65 first down rushes. He average nearly 10 yards per reception and had 16 first down catches.

Robert Turbin:

He suffered a high ankle sprain and could miss the first five weeks of the season. The Seahawks are thinking of cutting the fourth year back out of Utah St. He had 74 carries last year and two touchdowns. He only averaged 4.2 yards per rush last year. It was an improvement over his 3.4 yards a carry in 2013. But with a healthy Fred Jackson available the Seahawks probably wouldn’t want to wait for Turbin to recover from his ankle sprain and just pencil in Jackson to backup Lynch.

Christine Michael:

The third year back from Texas A&M will try and beat out Fred Jackson for the backup role to Marshawn Lynch. In 2014 Michael had just 34 carries for 175 yards which amounted to a 5.1 yards per carry average. He had a 45 yard run that skewed the carry average a bit.

Jacksonville Announces Starting Running Back

T.J. Yeldon:

The rookie will get the start for the Jaguars in week one. His big issue in college was ball security as he fumbled the ball ten times.

Denard Robinson:

The former Michigan product has been converted from quarterback to running back with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had 135 carries for 582 yards and four touchdowns which amounted to 4.3 yards a carry. Jaguars would like to see more production in the passing game as Robinson had 23 receptions but averaged only 5.4 yards per reception.

Toby Gerhart:

Gerhart is entering his sixth season in the NFL. He needs to improve greatly this year as he rushed it 101 times for just 326 yards which amounted to a poor 3.2 yards per rush average.

Miami Rookie Running Back Diagnosed with Cracked Rib

Jay Ajayi:

Ajayi had a nice game in the final preseason game with 66 rushing yards on nine rushing attempts. He suffered a cracked rib and could be a candidate for IR.

Browns Running Back Situation

Isaiah Crowell:

Head coach Mike Pettine is leaning towards Crowell to get the start in Week 1. In his rookie campaign with the Browns Crowell had 607 rushing yards on 148 carries with eight rushing touchdowns. He ran for 4.1 yards per carry last year.

Terrance West:

He enters his second season and will backup Crowell. West ran for 673 yards last year on 171 carries for 3.9 yards per carry. He had four touchdowns and 30 first down gains.

Browns Veteran Signee Could Have Trouble Making 53 Man Roster

Dwyane Bowe:

Bowe has been unimpressive in training camp. He has been listed as a starting wide receiver on the depth chart. Head coach Mike Pettine tried to diffuse rumors of a possible outright release of Bowe.

LeSean McCoy Update

LeSean McCoy:  There were media reports that McCoy would be ready for week one. He has been bothered by a hamstring injury in preseason. Later in the day he told the media to wait and see.

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