Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer will face the Baltimore Ravens in his first road game on Sunday. And that could be bad luck for him.
According to ESPN, the Ravens have faced rookie QBs in Baltimore five times under head coach John Harbaugh and they’ve never lost, winning by an average of 11 points. Kizer will be looking to defy history coming off a losing but respectable debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But with the Ravens’ defense on point in their 20-0 shut out of the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday, it’s not going to be easy for him.
Of the Ravens’ five wins against rookie QBs at M&T Bank Stadium, two were against the Browns, and only one was much of a nail biter. Through my confirmation bias-inflected crystal ball I see lots of sacks and interceptions in Kizer’s future.
Of course, Harbaugh is playing it cool. Browns head coach Hue Jackson “believes he has a great quarterback there,” he told ESPN, “so that’s the quarterback we’re going to prepare for.”
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