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Browns play Ravens in one of worst Monday Night matchups

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This is Monday Night Football?


A 2-8 Cleveland team against a 3-7 Baltimore team? What? Is there going to be a lot of talk about the upcoming NFL draft?

No, this won’t be one for the Greatest Hits albums, will it? Cleveland, which just promoted, and then demoted, quarterback Johnny Manziel, against Baltimore, which has lost quarterback Joe Flacco to injury. That leaves Jon Gruden and company to talk about Josh McCown vs. Matt Schaub.

It’s the third-worst Monday night matchup of all-time when the teams have played at least 10 games.

Losing has long been the thing in Cleveland, but Baltimore is new to it. The Ravens are the NFL’s first team to have its first 10 games decided by eight points or less. Sadly, Baltimore has lost seven of those games.

Besides Flacco, Baltimore is without running back Justin Forsette, wide receiver Steve Smith, first round draft pick Breshad Perrin and linebacker Terrell Suggs.

The Browns are the only team in the NFL to lose four games by at least 18 points.

Game time is 8:30 p.m.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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