Harbaugh: 'We need to play better'
EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, as they return to practice and try to return to winning.
Two-minute topic: Can the Ravens continue to beat down the Browns?
Good news for the Ravens. Their next opponent is the Browns.
At least that has been the case since John Harbaugh became head coach. The Ravens have never lost to Cleveland during Harbaugh’s five-year tenure. Their 10-game winning streak over the Browns equals the longest current streak that any team has over an opponent. The Broncos have also beaten the Browns 10 straight.
Any chance the Ravens let down against the Browns? After losing by 22 points in Denver, the Ravens have no excuse to take anyone lightly. Cornerback Corey Graham said he had rarely seen the Ravens more eager to return to work.
“We have the opportunity to go out there this week and make up for what happened last week,” Graham said. “We’re not feeling good about it. I’m pretty sure this game couldn’t come fast enough. We just can’t wait to even get out there and practice. It’s not too many times you hear a player talk about they can’t wait to get to practice.”
The Browns will argue that the Ravens’ dominance in their head-to-head matchups is due to end. However, the Browns didn’t make much of a case Week 1, losing at home to the Dolphins, 23-10. Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was intercepted three times and sacked six times.
In college football, the Browns would be the team the Ravens would schedule for homecoming. But on any given Sunday, anything can happen. When will the Browns finally topple the Ravens? It would be an early-season nightmare for the Ravens if the Browns’ breakthrough happened Sunday.
Morning thought: “There’s nothing like playing at M & T Bank Stadium. Any player or coach that plays here for the Ravens definitely feels that way. We’re really excited to be coming home to our fans. We just feel a need to play the way they expect us to play. That’s our challenge, and we need to do that.”
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