Upon further review ...Revisiting our 10 predictions

Upon further review ...Revisiting our 10 predictions
November 6, 2012, 9:45 am
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It's time again to go under the replay hood and review our 10 predictions for the Ravens-Browns game:

1. The Ravens will score a first-quarter touchdown.

CORRECT. For the first time since Week 2, the Ravens found the end zone in the first quarter. Establishing the run early, Ray Rice had six carries for 32 yards on the Ravens' opening drive, which ended with his 8-yard touchdown run. It was the Ravens' first opening-drive touchdown all season.

2. Ray Rice will have 20 carries.

CORRECT. As expected, the Ravens made Rice a bigger part of the offense than they had in quite some time. The Browns bottled him up for long stretches, but Rice finished with a season-high 25 carries for 98 yards and one touchdown.

3. Bernard Pierce will have at least six touches.

CORRECT. Spelling Rice at times, Pierce also established a season high with seven carries for 26 yards as the Ravens stayed true to the running game. Late in the first quarter, the rookie from Temple took a toss around left end and scored on a 12-yard run for his first touchdown as a pro.

4. Anquan Boldin will have at least four catches.

CORRECT. Boldin torched the Browns in the earlier meeting this season between the teams, with nine catches for 131 yards. He wasn't quite as prolific this time, with five catches for 57 yards, but he was a huge part of the win. On the Ravens' opening touchdown drive, Boldin had three catches for 30 yards. Then in the fourth quarter, after the Ravens offense had been in a deep freeze, Boldin caught a 21-yard pass for their first first down in more than a quarter.

5. Joe Flacco will throw fewer than 30 passes.

CORRECT. With the Ravens turning to Rice and Pierce out of the backfield, the passing game took a back seat. Flacco completed 15 of 24 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown, the nice 19-yard, fake inside, spin outside, beat them to the corner score by Torrey Smith. Flacco has never thrown 30 passes against the Browns, and his total of 24 passes Sunday was his lowest of the season.

6. Trent Richardson will rush for 100 yards.

CORRECT.  The Ravens run defense was much improved over the past few weeks, but Richardson still proved to be a handful, rushing 25 times for 102 yards. Overall, though, the Browns rushed for 116 yards, a dramatic improvement for a Ravens run defense that had yielded an average of 207 yards over the previous three games.

7. Terrell Suggs will have a sack.

INCORRECT. Coming off the bye week and seeing his second game action since his Achilles injury, Suggs did play but was fairly quiet, with four tackles and no sacks. Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe recorded the Ravens' only sack of Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden.

8. Josh Gordon will have a catch of at least 25 yards.

CORRECT. The Browns rookie was open at times and Weeden didn't see him or didn't get him the ball, but Gordon did have one catch of 26 yards. He entered the game averaging an NFL-best 22.3 yards a catch, and finished with two catches for 38 yards.

9. The Ravens will win time of possession.

CORRECT. The defense finally got a breather this week after being on the field way too long the previous few games. Relying primarily on the running game, the Ravens had the ball for 31:32, marking the first time since the first Browns game in Week 4 that the Ravens won the time of possession battle.

10.Ravens 23, Browns 20

KIND OF CORRECT. The Ravens extended their streak to 10 straight wins over the Browns, and won their 15th straight game immediately after a loss, but as we predicted, it wasn't easy. The Browns were their own worst enemy at times, but credit the Ravens for stiffening in the red zone and keeping Cleveland out of the end zone. The Ravens' 25-15 win makes John Harbaugh 5-0 immediately after the bye.