CLEVELAND: When the Browns’ special teams unit faltered in the early goings of last week’s win at home over the New Orleans Saints, they had opportunities at the end of the game to make up for their mistakes — and succeeded.
What went right: Quarterback Brian Hoyer excelled for the majority of the game (19-of-25 passing for 290 yards and a touchdown, 127.1 rating). The Browns won the turnover battle 1-0, and were better on third down (5-of-11) than the Ravens (4-of-12).
1. The Browns and Ravens both come into this game at 1-1. The Browns will be seeking a second consecutive home win following a 26-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 14. The triumph was the Browns’ second in a home opener since the franchise rejoined the National Football League in 1999. The Browns will try to keep the paying customers excited this week against the Ravens, who beat the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6 on Sept. 11. The Browns lost to the host Steelers 30-27 and the Ravens lost to the visiting Cincinnati Bengals 23-16 on Sept. 7.
BEREA: Rookie backup quarterback Johnny Manziel gave starter Brian Hoyer a high-five, slapped him on the back and yelled in excitement on the sideline after the Browns orchestrated a clutch drive to set up a game-winning field goal Sunday in a 26-24 upset win over the New Orleans Saints.
BEREA: Browns linebacker Paul Kruger is making a great second impression in his second season with the team.
Signed as a free agent in 2013, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound, six-year veteran is off to a tremendous start this season. Although he leads the team in sacks with two (and another was taken away by the league after Game 1), relying on statistics so soon wouldn’t be prudent.