When the 7-8 Cleveland Browns try to keep the Baltimore Ravens from reaching the playoffs today, it’ll be a tale of one All-Pro veteran QB facing off against a starting rookie QB who can only hope to have the same success. Only the rookie isn’t Johnny Manziel. In fact, it’s an undrafted QB who spent 16 weeks on the Browns’ practice squad. With Baltimore fighting for its playoff life, there’s still intrigue as we watch the Browns take on the Ravens. If you can’t watch the game on TV you can watch Browns vs Ravens game online live free streaming as well.
Kickoff for today’s Ravens vs Browns game live is 1pm EST / 10am PST from Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. Because it’s the Browns, and because Cleveland’s starting an undrafted QB, the Ravens are 9.5-point favorites over the Browns today.
Joe Flacco vs Johnny Manziel could’ve been an interesting matchup of starting QBs. But Manziel went down last Sunday with an injured hamstring and is busy getting fined for missing rehab while on the Brown’s injured reserve. His predecessor at starter, Brian Hoyer, is also unavailable with a deeply bruised shoulder and biceps. That’s left Connor Shaw to start at QB for the Browns game today in Baltimore.
Connor Shaw is an unknown to most NFL fans, and only got his own player profile page on NFL.com on Saturday afternoon. Shaw has spent the 2014 season on the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad, with his only in-game action coming in a preseason game against Washington in which be completed 8-of-9 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.
With wide receiver Josh Gordon suspended, Shaw has even one less weapon at his disposal, and the Browns have very little chance at beating a solid Ravens team. Though the prospect their first non-losing season since 2007 is motivating, the Ravens will be even more amped as we watch Ravens game live online free, because a win could push them into the playoffs if the Chargers lose to KC (watch that game live here).
Baltimore lost last week to the Texans in a game that Flacco and wide receiver Steve Smith wish they could have back. The Texans’ J.J. Watt manhandled the Ravens’ offensive line, clogging the middle and taking away the run. That left Flacco and Smith to seal the win, which they couldn’t do. Although the Cleveland Browns pass defense allows just 220.1 yards per game, seventh in the league, their defense against the run is abysmal. Don’t look for them to have the same success as we watch Ravens game live online free today at home against the Browns. Flacco and Smith should have a big game at home.
If you’re unable to watch the Cleveland Browns try to keep the Baltimore Ravens from the playoffs on TV, you can watch Browns vs Ravens game online live free streaming on CBS Sports website. You can also watch Ravens game online free live against the Browns on the DirecTV website if you have the NFL Sunday Ticket subscription with MAX.