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RAVENS PASS OFFENSE VS. BROWNS PASS DEFENSE:
Because of rainy and windy conditions in Cleveland, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco wasn't asked to do much against the Browns on Dec. 4. He completed 10 of 23 passes for 158 yards. But in seven career games against Cleveland, Flacco has completed 64.4 percent of his passes, posted a 97.3 quarterback rating and thrown for eight touchdowns to three interceptions. The Browns' pass defense has been solid all season. With an emerging star in Joe Haden (above) and veteran Sheldon Brown teaming up at cornerback, the Browns are holding teams to 188.4 yards per game through the air, the third-lowest total in the NFL. They do have only eight interceptions, tied for the third-lowest total in the NFL, and 29 sacks. Impressive rookie defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard has 7.5 of those sacks to go with five forced fumbles. Ravens quarterbacks were sacked seven times against the San Diego Chargers and managed to complete only eight passes to wide receivers. The Ravens are 16th in the NFL, averaging 226.8 passing yards. They'll be without wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who will miss the remainder of the regular season after having knee surgery.
December 4, 2011