Sunday, November 4, 2012
Good morning from Cleveland
By Jamison Hensley
CLEVELAND -- It was a tough call on what game to attend this week. You could make an argument to be at every game involving an AFC North team because the schedule is that good for Week 9.
The Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3), who are finally looking like the Steelers, are using today's game at the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants as a measuring stick. The Cincinnati Bengals (3-4), losers of three straight, are trying to right their season with a matchup against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
We decided to go with the Baltimore Ravens (5-2) at the Cleveland Browns (2-6). While it's the first place team against the last place one, it's hard to tell considering how Baltimore and Cleveland are coming into this game. The Ravens lost at Houston by 30 points before last week's bye. The Browns are gaining confidence after winning two of their past three games.
In fact, the Browns are looking to win three straight home games in the same season for the first time since the end of 2009, when they beat the Steelers, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Ravens, though, haven't lost in Cleveland since September 2007, when their quarterback was Steve McNair and their starting running back was Willis McGahee.