The Ravens have watched their two and a half game lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers slip all the way down to one. It looks to be another year of these two teams egging it out for the AFC North, which means that divisional games take on an added importance considering that these teams have finished with the same record the last three seasons.
Even without the AFC North implications of this game, the Ravens really need a win. Two weeks is not nearly long enough to take away the sting of a 30-point loss to the Houston Texans. Playoff contenders do not lose games by 30 points so the Ravens need a rebound in the worst way.
Talking about teams that need wins, the Browns fit that title extremely well. Although many people have buried the team as a hopeless bottom-feeder, the Browns have been competitive in almost every game. They have now won two out of three and are looking to make the insanely difficult jump from 0-5 to wild-card team.
The Ravens have won nine straight games against the Browns. Yet the average margin of victory in that time span has only been 13 points and three of the last five games have been decided by a touchdown or less.
The Browns certainly are approaching this week upset-minded and the Ravens cannot overlook them. Here are the steps the Ravens need to take to get back in the win column and beat the Browns.