WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Baltimore will certainly look for a better effort on defense, which includes a host of first-year Ravens in linebackers Daryl Smith and Elvis Dumervil, defensive linemen Chris Canty and Marcus Spears as well as safety Michael Huff.
Certainly the communication needs to improve as Manning threw for 462 yards while five of his seven TD throws were longer than 20 yards. That included a 78-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas with 4:30 to play.
"It takes time. Anything in football takes time, especially when you're trying to get 11 people to be on the same page at once," said cornerback Corey Graham. "When you lose guys like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, obviously it's big, but I feel like we definitely have the guys to get it done. We've just got to get on the same page, find a way to go out there and win games."
Dumervil could have his breakout game for the Ravens as he owns nine career sacks in four previous meetings with the Browns, including a career-high four in one game.
A better balance on offense would also help. Flacco was forced to throw the ball 62 times and was sacked four times. Star running back Ray Rice ran the ball just 12 times for 36 yards and a score while also leading the club with eight receptions for 35 yards.
"We know we have to run the ball. We have to run the ball well. ... I don't anticipate many games where we'll throw the ball over 60 times, but we had 87 plays. Percentage-wise, we'll probably run the ball more most of the time than we did in this game," noted Harbaugh.
Baltimore's depth at receiver and in the return game took a big hit when Jacoby Jones suffered a knee injury in the second quarter that is expected to sideline him for as long as six weeks. Harbaugh would only say that Jones is week-to-week and Baltimore did re-sign wide receiver Tandon Doss on Monday.
Doss was released by the Ravens on Aug. 31 and played in 14 games last year with the club. He can also return punts.
"When you can bring someone back like Tandon, who knows the offense and is ready to plug right in and play for us, (it helps)," noted Harbaugh. "There's no teaching we have to do; he knows what to do. It's a big plus for us, and we're very fortunate that he was available for us."
Tackle Michael Oher suffered an ankle injury versus the Broncos, but it is not believed to be serious and he could play this weekend. The club is also close to getting defensive tackle Arthur Jones back from an unknown illness that has sidelined him since the preseason.
That would boost a Ravens defense that will try to mimic what the Dolphins did this past weekend against the Browns. Miami was all over Weeden, with Cameron Wake having his way with Cleveland right tackle Mitchell Schwartz in logging 2 1/2 sacks. The pressure also led to Weeden getting picked off three times, twice by former teammate Dimitri Patterson.
"There are some scheme things that we can do, and we will do. It's a matter of execution, whether it's chips and things we had planned and we just didn't execute it well enough. We'll get those things straightened out," Chudzinski said of his offensive line.
Also forced to throw a lot while playing from behind, Weeden completed 26- of-53 pass attempts for 289 yards. He showed excellent chemistry with tight end Jordan Cameron, who set career highs with nine receptions and 108 yards in addition to his second career TD catch.
Cameron became the first Browns tight end to have a 100-yard receiving game since Benjamin Watson on Dec. 5, 2010 and joined Watson, Ozzie Newsome and Kellen Winslow as the only tight ends in club history to have nine or more catches in a game.