Browns versus Ravens enough said. This Sunday Cleveland travels to M&T Stadium to take on Baltimore, 1:00 pm EST. The Ravens are ranked sixth in total offense averaging 369 yards, 209 yards passing, 160 yards rushing and 26.6 points per game. They’re ranked second in total defense allowing 263 yards, 171 yards passing, 92 yards rushing and 13.8 points per game. The Browns are ranked eighteenth in total offense averaging 328 yards, 184 yards passing, 144 yards rushing and 22.6 points per game. They’re ranked first in total defense allowing 235 yards, 145 yards passing, 90 yards rushing and 17.4 points per game. What am I watching?

Browns Offense Vs. Ravens Defense. Baltimore is solid at every position on defense and has the best two inside linebackers in the NFL. On offense, the Browns are forced to start two new players at tackle. With the injury to right tackle Dawand Jones, James Hudson, III will start in his place and Geron Christian will start at left tackle. Christian is a six-year pro who’s played in 49 games and started sixteen, his last eight starts were at left tackle. He played for Washington when Bill Callahan was the offensive line coach. For the Browns to win, they’ll need to use backside runs, use the short passing game, have manageable third down distances, control the clock and have no turnovers. Stefanski will have to be very creative in his use of screen passes. Quarterback Deshaun Watson will have to improve his footwork and decision-making. Someone else besides Amari Cooper and David Njoku will need to be targeted (Elijah Moore). The Ravens cornerbacks are gettable, so be patient on the long passing game. This will have to be Watson’s best game of the season.

Browns Defense Vs. Ravens Offense. Baltimore has been a bit confusing on offense this year. One week they’re running the ball, the next week they’re passing the ball. With all that, they still win. They’re top sixth in third down conversion rate and red zone offense. Baltimore’s offensive line is completely healthy and is very good in both run blocking and pass protection. The Ravens are in the shotgun 80% of the time. Running back Gus Edwards has scored a rushing touchdown in three straight games. The Browns will have to stop the run and eliminate Baltimore’s ability to get chunk plays.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson is number one in passing plays of ten to nineteen yards and is completing 71% of his passes. Two weeks ago, Arizona confused Watson by rushing three, dropping seven and using a “spy” to follow him. Cleveland is still number one in opponent first down conversion rate and in the first game in Cleveland, they forced the Ravens three and out on seven of their twelve offensive possessions. Stop Jackson from making impossible plays. Force turnovers.

The Browns offensive line will have to play at a high level by creating running lanes and protecting Watson. Cleveland will have to start fast and score early. The Ravens haven’t trailed in a game against a team with a winning record.

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