Browns v. Ravens Review

Ravens squeaked one out at home against the Browns. It was hard to watch the first half. They just couldn’t move the ball, and Justin Tucker‘s misses didn’t help either. Here are my quick hits from the game.

  • I think Ed Dickson only got one target. It was one too many.
  • Making Torrey Smith a possession receiver is working out well for the team, and your fantasy team. He will continue to get most of the targets, and with his speed, he will have a great yards after the catch numbers.
  • Marlon Brown is the real deal. If the Ravens resign Pitta and can draft a receiver early next year, they will finally have a truly dynamic offense.
  • Ray Rice injury is not great. He is a much better pass catcher than Bernard Pierce and a much shiftier runner. Pierce will be more than serviceable, but Ravens are going to need Rice for the passing game.
  • Michael Oher is huge for the Ravens O-line. Losing him Week 1 was devastating to the Ravens’ offense.
  • The retooled defensive line is awesome.
  • Matt Elam needs to stop making rookie mistakes. He’ll be a good safety once he can cut those out.
  • Tandon Doss did surprisingly well replacing Jacoby Jones, but I would still rather have Jones returning kicks.
  • Trent Richardson‘s YPC is kind of disturbing, but I would say he is a buy low in fantasy. I’m holding on to him until he explodes (which he will do), but it might take some time to weather the storm.
  • Brandon Weeden is probably not the quarterback of the future for the Browns, but he is the quarterback of the present. It still amazes me that Jason Campbell was a first round pick. Redskins’ first rounder… but still.
  • The addition of Josh Gordon next week will help out the offense a ton and should start to open things up for Trent Richardson.
  • Browns’ defensive line is really good. Not because of Paul Kruger by any means, but it is really good.
  • Joe Haden is a Pro Bowl cornerback, and he’s the only reason Torrey didn’t have a truly monster game.

 Greg Danchik

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