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Pro Football Focus sends us a list of some of the more important grades and notes each week about the matchup ahead. With the Cleveland Browns coming to Baltimore and M&T Bank Stadium this Sunday, we take a look at some of the more interesting things about this matchup that you might not know.

Ravens Overview:

  • The PFF Grade Summary for the Ravens’ Week 4 win against Pittsburgh. Marshal Yanda (+4.7), Brandon Williams (+3.7), and Will Hill (+2.3) were among the top performers*.
  • PFF’s John Breitenbach examines the Factors Behind the Ravens’ Declining Pass Rush.
  • PFF’s Nathan Jahnke details Joe Flacco’s Struggles Against the Blitz.
  • Marshal Yanda, Brandon Williams, and Will Hill earned spots on PFF’s All-Pro Team Through Week 4.
  • Thanks to a poor week 4 showing (-5.0 passing), Joe Flacco now ranks 37th out of all QBs with a -9.0 passing grade.
  • Justin Forsett currently ranks last out of all HBs with a -4.4 overall grade. He has struggled in the passing game both as a receiver (-2.5) and in pass protection (-2.9).
  • Both Crockett Gilmore (+1.6, 9th) and Maxx Williams (+2.2, 6th) rank in the top 10 overall for TEs.
  • Ricky Wagner (-18.0, 71st) and James Hurst (-26.2, 73rd) rank in the bottom 10 as both pass and run blockers.
  • Marshal Yanda is the top rated OG both overall (+13.8) and as a run blocker (+8.7).
  • Brandon Williams is the highest overall graded NT (+12.9) and leads all defensive tackles as a run stuffer (+15.2).
  • Courtney Upshaw continues to struggle ranking dead last both overall (-6.5) and as a pass rusher (-6.4).
  • Will Hill continues to excel ranking 2nd overall (+7.0) with positive marks in all phases. His counterpart, Kendrick Lewis, nearly ranks in the bottom 10 after three subpar weeks in a row with an overall grade of -4.1.

Browns Overview:

  • The PFF Grade Summary for the Browns week 4 loss against San Diego. Top performers included Joe Thomas (+5.5), Josh McCown (+4.3), and Duke Johnson (+3.3)*.
  • Not surprisingly, Joe Thomas makes an appearance on PFF’s All-Pro Team Through Week 4, although he is the only Brown to do so.
  • PFF’s Khaled Elsayed Ranks All 32 Offensive Lines – Cleveland comes in 3rd.
  • Following a strong performance last week (+4.2 passing), Josh McCown now ranks 9th among all QBs with a +2.2 passing grade.
  • Malcolm Johnson ranks last out of all FBs largely due to his -6.0 run blocking grade.
  • Joe Thomas leads all OTs both overall (+13.0) and as a run blocker (+7.7).
  • The Cleveland pass rush has struggled thus far with no OLB ranking inside the top 25. Armonty Bryant has been starting in place of Barkevious Mingo the last 2 weeks, and he leads the team with a -0.7 pass rush grade.
  • Craig Robertson missed last week with an ankle injury and is out again this week. He ranks 4th overall out of all ILBs with a +4.0 grade while his replacement, Christian Kirksey, ranks 40th (-5.2).
  • Joe Haden is off to a terrible start this year ranking 99th in coverage with a -5.9 grade. He missed last week with a broken finger but is slated to return for week 5.
  • Each of Cleveland’s starting safeties ranks in the bottom 15 both overall (Gipson -3.2, Whitner -4.0) and in coverage (Gipson -2.3, Whitner -3.8).