1. Jason Campbell makes his second start, first at home, for the Browns this season. Campbell played well on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs last week, throwing for 293 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions on 22-of-36 passing. Campbell made his first appearance for the Browns in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens. He completed only one of the four passes he attempted while backed up against his own end zone late in the game.
2. The Ravens’ Ray Rice is widely considered to be one of the best running backs in the game, but he hasn’t had a stellar season so far. Rice has rushed for only 242 yards on 86 carries for a poor 2.8 yards-per-carry average. He’s also lost two fumbles. Coming out of a bye week, the Ravens hope to get Rice back on track.
3. Today is the first matchup between Rice and Browns nose tackle Phil Taylor since their incident in Week 2 that led to Taylor drawing a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness. Several Browns have suggested Rice spit at Taylor, although no definitive word has been given. What’s clear is Rice made a motion toward Taylor, who then slapped Rice on the helmet and continued to jaw with him after the play.
4. The Ravens (3-4) and Browns (3-5) are each three games behind the Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) in the win column for the AFC North race but both could make up ground in the division in a short amount of time. Both the Ravens (Week 10) and Browns (Week 11) play the division-leading Bengals in the next few weeks. A win today and a win over the Bengals would open the possibility for a divisional run down the stretch for either team. A couple of losses for either, meanwhile, would likely end any playoff hopes.
5. The Browns have yet to beat coach John Harbaugh or quarterback Joe Flacco in 11 tries since the two joined the Ravens in 2008, which stands as the longest current winning streak of one team over another. Flacco’s 11-0 record against the Browns is the most wins for a quarterback over any single team without a loss since the NFL merger in 1970. In those 11 games, the Ravens have more than doubled the Browns’ point total 265-128.