BALTIMORE - The Browns head to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday in search of their first win in the charm city since 2007. The orange helmet have lost ten straight games to the Ravens in Baltimore and 13 of the last 15.
Sundays game will not be an easy task for the Browns. M&T Bank Stadium is one of the loudest places in the NFL and add to the fact the Ravens will be handing out their Super Bowl rings and raising their championship banners just adds to the pressure of the Browns first divisional game of the year.
The Browns hope to place the football in the hands of Trent Richardson a little more this week. In the opening day loss to Miami, the second year running back touched the football just 15 times. Richardson and head coach Rob Chudzinski talked about the lack of touches and Richardson proclaimed he wanted the football even more. His coach was more then happy to hear it.
"I love hearing that from any player, that they want the ball. Trent is a big part of what we do. As you know, the games are all different. It depends on how things happen during the course of those games. What we want to do is be able to sustain some drives and convert on third downs and give a lot of guys opportunities."
Brandon Weeden will also be looking to clean up the early turnovers that cost him against the Dolphins, he will once again be without big play target Josh Gordon who will be serving the final game of his two game suspension. Chudzinski said that should not be an excuse for the rest of his receiving corps.
"Yeah I think that those guys, we need them to step up. I know a lot of those guys want to be better and get better and have over the course of this week in practice. I think they're dialed in and ready to do that."
One unit that did step up was the defense which held Miami to just 20 yards of rushing offense, the second fewest yards gained by a browns opponent in the teams history. This week is a different task facing Ray Rice. Rice has had some big games against the Browns and is coming off a week one loss in Denver where he was held to just 36 rushing yards and a touchdown, but did catch eight balls out of the backfield.
"He's a fantastic player. He does it all. He blocks, he can run the ball, as you know, he's an outstanding receiver. He's a threat in a lot of different ways and a guy we definitely have to know where he is at all times."
For the fifth time in six seasons the Browns will face the defending Super Bowl champions. Cleveland has beaten the defending Super Bowl champs three times during that span. Can they do it again? Kickoff at 1pm.