1. The young Browns are still trying to get out of their own way while looking for that elusive first win of the 2012 season. Ill-timed penalties, dropped passes and missed assignments on both sides of the ball have plagued them during an 0-3 start. The Browns are riding a nine-game losing streak overall, their last win coming Nov. 20, 2011, against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
2. After a dismal showing in the season-opening loss, followed by signs of improvement in a road loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Browns’ offense is again looking to redeem itself after a mediocre performance in Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. Quarterback Brandon Weeden threw two interceptions and finished with a 65.7 passer rating. Running back Trent Richardson also regressed, rushing 12 times for just 27 yards, a 2.3 average.
3. The quick turnaround to play a Thursday game isn’t easy on any team, but especially not for an inexperienced one like the Browns, who didn’t have much time this week to work on correcting mistakes with just one real day of practice. The Ravens had even less time to get ready for tonight’s game, after playing Sunday night. But the Ravens are a veteran team that ought to be able to handle the short week of preparation better.
4. Tonight will be the first time the Browns visit Baltimore since the death of former owner Art Modell. Every team across the league paid some kind of tribute to Modell during their next game after his Sept. 6 death, except the Browns, who feared the fan backlash would overshadow the sentiment’s original intent.
5. The Browns and Ravens still have player/coach connections. Ozzie Newsome, who followed his 13-year playing (1978-90) by serving five seasons in the Browns pro personnel department, went on to become the Ravens’ general manager. George Kokinis, the current Ravens senior personnel assistant, spent five seasons in the Browns scouting/team operations department and later spent half of 2009 as the team’s general manager. Other ties include Browns defensive lineman Ishmaa’ily Kitchen (originally signed during the offseason as an undrafted free agent by the Ravens) and Browns offensive lineman Oniel Cousins (who spent three seasons with the Ravens, after they drafted him in the third round in 2008).