The Cleveland Browns are set to travel to M&T Stadium to take on the Baltimore Ravens in what could go on to be a very important divisional matchup. The Browns come into the game with a record of 2-4 and are tied for last in the AFC North with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Things have been going better for the Ravens as they have a record of 3-3 and are tied with the Cincinnati Bengals for first place in the AFC North. The winner of this game could potentially move into first place in the division.
Cleveland Browns Look to Salvage Season With Big Divisional Win
The Cleveland Browns are coming off of a very tough loss to the New England Patriots. The Browns did not look great on either side of the ball and once they lost control of the game, they had no hope of coming back. Currently, Cleveland looks lost on offense, while Jacoby Brissett has done a great job of being a game manager, his arm does not intimidate offenses, and last week with the Browns trailing for most of the game, he was forced to throw the ball 45 times.
Typically, Cleveland is the most run heavy offense in the league, and it is designed this way for a reason. They have the top running back duo in the league, however, when opposing defenses are able to stack the box because they are not threatened by the passing game, it makes it difficult to get the rushing attack going. Along with this, when the Browns get off to a bad start, they are unable to rely on the running game.
The defense has arguably been even more disappointing than the offense so far this season. Although they have a lot of talent on this side of the ball, there are still a lot of holes in the defense that are frequently exposed. Along with this, key players have struggled to stay healthy and on the field. There is a lot to fix in Cleveland this season, and it will be a very tall task for them to contain and outscore a Lamar Jackson led offense.
Baltimore Looks to Maintain Lead of the AFC North
Despite all of the talent on the Ravens’ roster, they have only gotten off to a 3-3 start. Last week, they lost a very winnable game against the New York Giants by a final score of 24-20. In this game, the Ravens’ defense struggled to move the ball and while they were still in it at the end, they were unable to close the game out. Jackson finished the game completing 17 of his 32 passes for 210 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
While the Ravens can be inconsistent, this is their game to lose. They have the Browns greatly outmatched on paper and Cleveland has been playing terrible football over the past few weeks. As long as Baltimore can take care of the ball and look like themselves this week, there is no reason why they should lose this game.