Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Ravens Face Browns In Regular Season Home Opener

Ravens Face Browns In Regular Season Home Opener

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has been fined by the National Football League for a hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer in Week 1. Kizer also made an impact on the ground with five rushes for 17 yards and a touchdown.

Baltimore is coming off a 2016 in which they finished 8-8 and second in the AFC North.

Over on the Browns' side, they're now 0-1 after showing some life in a 21-18 defeat by the Steelers in Week 1. Cleveland has been utterly wretched at the game's most important position, cycling through an incredible 27 players under center since 1999.

Kizer, 21, went 20-of-30 for 222 yards with one touchdown and one pick against the Steelers.

It may have just ben Week 1, and there's a chance that it was just a blip on the radar, but I'm willing to come right out with a declaration: The days of the Cleveland Browns being a laughingstock are no more. The Browns haven't visited the postseason in 14 years.

The Browns are now 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games following a loss, 1-10-1 in their last 12 games against AFC North, and 0-4-1 in their last 5 games after allowing more than 250 passing yards in the previous game.

It's hard to tell much of anything from just one game, but with the Week 1 divisional battles we're seeing some tendencies exposed. The Ravens boasted a suffocating defensive performance against the Cincinnati Bengals in their season-openere and now look to do the same to Browns rookie DeShone Kizer and company on Sunday. Cleveland can get in the door and cover, though.

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