Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Sunday, November 15, 2009

KEY MATCHUPS: Ravens @ Browns


KEY MATCHUP

Baltimore Ravens WR Derrick Mason vs. Cleveland Browns CB Eric Wright

Frustrated against the Cincinnati Bengals with three inconsequential catches last week, Mason's return to Ohio on Monday night should be a more productive experience. Mason has generated two consecutive 100-yard games against the Browns' secondary. He caught five passes for 118 yards earlier this season and nine catches for 136 yards last November against the Browns. He has four 100-yard receiving games against Cleveland, and his 73 receptions are the second most he's had against any opponent. His 1,151 receiving yards are his most against any team in his career. Mason also thrives on the Monday night stage, catching 90 passes for the third most among active players. He has scored six touchdowns in 16 Monday night games. The Browns are allowing 238.6 passing yards per game.

KEY MATCHUP

Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs vs. Cleveland Browns LT Joe Thomas

Suggs estimated this week that he's playing at 70 percent of his normal capacity. He'll need to be 100 percent against Thomas, a big, technically sound blocker. Suggs, who was signed to a $62.5 million contract, is capable of producing more than his 3 1/2 sacks and one forced fumble. Suggs has played well at times, but the team is seeking more consistency from him as a pass rusher. His run-stopping has been adequate, ranking second on the team with 41 tackles. He just hasn't been as disruptive as he was a year ago and hasn't justified his new contract. The Ravens aren't displeased with Suggs. They just want to see more out of him.

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