November 27, 2011
With kicker Billy Cundiff ailing because of a sore left calf, it appears that the Ravens will go with veteran Shayne Graham, who was signed Wednesday. Graham was 4-for-5 on field-goal attempts in two games as an injury replacement for the Miami Dolphins this season, but he hasn't kicked a field goal from beyond 50 yards in a game since 2006. He also doesn't provide Cundiff's distance on kickoffs, which could play a factor because the Browns have dangerous return man Joshua Cribbs. Cribbs is sixth in the NFL in kickoff-return average (26.2 yards) and 19th in punt-return average (9.4). The Ravens have given up 30.9 yards per kickoff return, the second-highest average in the NFL. The Ravens got a 47-yard kickoff return from David Reed last week, and the team could decide to put him back on kickoffs despite his fumbling issues this season. Browns kicker Phil Dawson (above) has seven field goals of 50 yards or more this season, third all time in an NFL season. The Browns' Brad Maynard has 27 punts this season inside in the 20-yard line, and he is also the only punter in the league without a touchback this season.