Quick Take: Ravens-Browns

In Brief

» Last meeting: In Week 3, the Ravens completely dismantled the Browns during a 34-3 blowout win.
» Streaks: Baltimore has won five of the past seven and has a 14-7 overall series edge.
» Last week: Unable to put together anything offensively, the Ravens fell to the Bengals for the second time this year, 17-7. ... The Browns were on a bye.

Keep your eye on ...Baltimore's run defense: The Ravens have traditionally prided themselves on their ability to shut down opponents' running games. They have had one of the league's best run defenses almost every year this decade. While they rank seventh this year, the unit has not been quite as stout. Cleveland's best chance to win may be to ride the back of Jamal Lewis, so the run defense must be up to the task.

Joe Flacco's pass protection: The Ravens have had some breakdowns along the offensive line this season. Flacco has been sacked 16 times already and has also been pressured into throwing the ball away. If the Ravens are able to keep him upright, he should have his way with the Browns' 22nd-ranked pass defense.

Eric Mangini's leadership: A shakeup during the bye week in which general manager George Kokinis was fired had Cleveland buzzing Mangini could be next. The first-year Browns coach has not endeared himself with a 1-7 start, but a win over the rival Ravens would go a long way toward helping Mangini gain some credibility.

Did you know?

Ravens RB Willis McGahee has scored a touchdown in three consecutive games against the Browns. ... Baltimore's Ed Reed has more interceptions vs. Cleveland (eight) than any other team. ... In three career Monday Night Football games, Browns CB Brandon McDonald has four interceptions.

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