The Browns will take on the Ravens in a Monday Night Football clash that has massive playoff implications for both teams. The Browns cannot clinch their first postseason appearance since 2002, but a victory would increase their chances to above 99% and bolster their slim chances of winning the AFC North. The Ravens started the season by winning five of their first six games, but have won just two in their last six. This has put the Ravens outside of the playoffs as things stand today. They are still given a 61% chance to make the playoffs, but that would drop to 35% with a loss. The Ravens destroyed the Browns in Week 1, but the Browns come in off their best performance of the season against the Titans. If QB Baker Mayfield can perform the way he did last Sunday, the Browns will beat the Ravens for just the third time in the last 10 matchups between the teams.
Key #1: Establish the Run Game
While Baker Mayfield had the best game of his career, throwing for 334 yards and four touchdowns, even though the Browns mainly conserved the big lead in the second half, he’ll go up against a much tougher defense on Monday. In the Browns’ three losses this season, Cleveland rushed for no more than 72 yards in a single game. As always, running the football makes it easier to throw it, so it is imperative the Browns run the football well. In the Browns’ most recent victory over the Ravens, Nick Chubb had a career day, gashing Baltimore for 165 yards and three touchdowns, including an 88-yard run that proved to be the dagger. The Browns have won every single time they scored more than seven points in this season, so two touchdowns from Chubb and Hunt might be enough.