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Predictions & Projections
By David M. Dorey
 
The Huddle
WEEK 2
September 10, 2003
Season Ticket
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM
BUF at JAX MIA at NYJ WAS at ATL SEA at ARZ *CHI at MIN
CLE at BAL *PIT at KC Sun 4 PM *DEN at SD Mon 9 PM
*DET at GB SF at STL CAR at TB NE at PHI DAL at NYG
*HOU at NO *TEN at IND *CIN at OAK Times EST *updated
   
Cleveland vs Baltimore Sun, Sep 14; 1 PM on CBS at Ravens Stadium
  Cleveland Rush Catch Pass
QB Kelly Holcomb 10 0 250,2
RB William Green 60 20 0
RB Jamel White 10 10 0
TE Steve Heiden 0 20 0
WR Kevin Johnson 0 60 0
WR Dennis Northcutt 0 40,1 0
WR Quincy Morgan 0 90,1 0
  Baltimore Rush Catch Pass
QB Kyle Boller 20 0 200,1
RB Jamal Lewis 100,1 20 0
TE Todd Heap 0 50,1 0
WR Travis Taylor 0 60 0
WR Frank Sanders 0 40 0
WR Marcus Robinson 0 20 0

Game Prediction: CLE 20, BAL 17

In that "Twilight Zone" sort of way, the opening loss by the Browns reversed all expectations of the team for 2003 in their first game. The defense - thought to be optimistic in aspiring for average this season held Peyton Manning scoreless and limited him to only 211 yards with two interceptions. They held Edgerrin James to only 67 yards on the ground. They forced the Colts to rely on their idiot kicker for three field goals to win the game. It was a very nice showing by a defense that is not quite as suspect anymore.

This is in contrast to the offense that installed Kelly Holcomb in order to post some big points. Instead, Holcomb only managed 182 yards and two interceptions. They could have gotten that from Tim Couch. Other than a couple of nice passes to Dennis Northcutt, the wideouts were a non-factor in the game, accounting for only a total of ten catches for 115 yards.

William Green ran for 86 yards on 21 carries for a nice four yard average but was unable to get the touchdowns when he should have. Twice the Browns had first down from either the three yard line or the one yard line and both times were forced to accept field goals.

The Browns need to show that they game was an aberration from what they are capable of doing. But the defense can certainly keep up the fine work.

The Ravens debuted Kyle Boller against the Steelers and Boller responded with a rookie-like 22 of 43 for 152 yards and one touchdown to Travis Taylor along with one interception. HC Brian Billick was still pleased with Boller's performance and felt Boller kept his poise well.

Taylor (5-33, 1 TD) was the only wideout with more than one catch and Frank Sanders was inactive for the game with a toe injury. Sanders is expected back this week and will take over the #2 spot from Marcus Robinson.

Jamal Lewis rushed 15 times for 69 yards but after the game both Lewis and Billick were unhappy with the limited use that Lewis received. Look for more carries this week by Lewis.

The Ravens defense was unable to stop the passing game by Tommy Maddox and surrendered three touchdowns and huge yardage days for both Hines Ward and Plaxico Burress.

This week the Browns come to town with an apparently decent defense that faces a rookie quarterback and a team that wants to run. Look for Lewis to get upwards of 25 carries and shine but for the Brown's passing attack to get in a better game than last week. William Green will be hard pressed to gain a lot of yardage and by the second half the Brown's should be throwing much more than running. This should be a competitive game and I like the chances that the Browns pull the upset at the end with too many receivers for the Ravens to cover.

CLE
BAL
2003 Averages
BAL
CLE
Gains
Allows
QB's
Gains
Allows
182
260
Pass yards
152
211
0
3
Pass TDs
1
0
2
0
Interceptions
1
2
0
0
Rush yards
14
0
0
0
Rush TDs
0
0
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---
RB's
---
---
99
97
Rush yards
74
67
0
1
Rush TDs
1
0
38
8
Receive yards
17
48
0
0
Receive TD's
0
0
---
---
WR's
---
---
115
220
Receive yards
59
110
0
2
Receive TD's
1
0
---
---
TE's
---
---
29
32
Receive yards
76
53
0
1
Receive TD's
0
0
---
---
PK's
---
---
2
2
Field Goals
0
3
0
4
Extra Points
2
0
---
---
DEF/ST
---
---
0
1
Fumbles
1
0
2
1
Interceptions
0
2
0
0
Touchdowns
0
0
1
2
Sacks
3
0
0
0
Safeties
0
0
Browns(0-1)
Score Opp.
6-9 IND
Week 2 @BAL
Week 3 @SF
Week 4 CIN
Week 5 @PIT
Week 6 OAK
Week 7 SD
Week 8 @NE
Week 9 BYE
Week 10 @KC
Week 11 ARZ
Week 12 PIT
Week 13 @SEA
Week 14 STL
Week 15 @DEN
Week 16 BAL
Week 17 @CIN
Ravens (0-1)
Score Opp.
15-34 @PIT
Week 2 CLE
Week 3 @SD
Week 4 KC
Week 5 BYE
Week 6 @ARZ
Week 7 @CIN
Week 8 DEN
Week 9 JAX
Week 10 @STL
Week 11 @MIA
Week 12 SEA
Week 13 SF
Week 14 CIN
Week 15 @OAK
Week 16 @CLE
Week 17 PIT
(Statistics are game averages from current season )