BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Going into Week 2 of the season, the Browns are 0-1 and the Ravens are 1-0. The Browns have beaten Baltimore only twice since the Ravens drafted quarterback Joe Flacco in 2008.
The AFC North rivals have never had a shortage of animosity towards each other. It all dates back to the 90s when the original Browns left Cleveland for a new stadium and more revenue in Baltimore.
Let’s take a look at five things in the teams’ history that fuel the fire:
Cleveland lost the original Browns because it didn’t replace the Cleveland Stadium which opened in 1931. Maryland willingly built PSINet Stadium, which opened in 1998. Now known as M&T Bank Stadium, the venue cost an estimated $220 million when it was constructed.
The Ravens have employed three head coaches in the past two decades: Ted Marchibroda, Brian Billick and John Harbaugh. The Browns, however, have gone through eight head coaches since their rebirth in 1999.
The Ravens certainly got more production out of Jamal Lewis than the Browns did. He averaged 1,300 rushing yards per season in Baltimore and 935 in Cleveland. Lewis clobbered the Browns in 2003 and a few other seasons too. After spending the first six seasons of his career in Baltimore, Lewis defected to Cleveland for his final three. He didn’t rush for 100 yards in any of the five games against his former team, but he did top the 1,000-yard mark twice with the Browns.
The Browns are one of only four teams yet to reach the Super Bowl. The Ravens have been twice.
Art Modell may have angered Clevelanders when he moved the Browns, but he won the hearts of Baltimore fans almost instantly for bringing the NFL back to that city 12 years after the Colts left town.