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Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns: 3 Key Matchups to Watch

October 05, 2018 - 11:13 am
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By Joe Schiller

Brandon Carr/Tavon Young vs. Jarvis Landry

Jimmy Smith makes his return following a four-game suspension and one of the league’s top secondaries through four games just got their best player back. The group has allowed 193 passing yards per game – fourth best in the NFL – and come against an improved Browns receiving core, headlined by Jarvis Landry.

Landry has been the top slot receiver since 2015 and earned his payday with a 5-year, $75.5 million contract from the Browns this season. He’s shifty, has incredible hands and will be a tough matchup in the slot. Smith’s return could move Brandon Carr inside and he, along with Tavon Young, will see time against Landry. Carr has filled in nicely on the outside and his play warrants more starting time on the field.

 

Buck Allen vs. Joe Schobert

Alex Collins was held out of practice on Thursday for precautionary reasons according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. He’s expected to play but Buck Allen should still see significant snaps as the team’s primary receiving back.

Allen’s yards per carry this season are far from impressive but he’s found the end zone four times already. Linebacker Joe Schobert currently leads the Browns in tackles and he will come up against Allen both in the run and pass game. The Ravens still want to establish the ground game and expect Allen to be a part of that.

 

Ronnie Stanley vs. Myles Garrett

The Ravens were lucky to only have faced Myles Garrett once last season but get no favors this time around. He’s slowly living up to the No. 1 pick expectations and will be the primary target trying to take down Joe Flacco on Sunday afternoon.

Ronnie Stanley doesn’t seem to be battling an elbow injury anymore and didn’t show up on the injury report Wednesday or Thursday. Flacco and the offense are playing their best football as of late – averaging 308 total yards a game – and Stanley is in for one of the toughest matchups of the season. There’s confidence after he and the offensive line held Von Miller without a sack in Week 3 and the unit will look to have the same success again.