How the Cleveland Browns Can Beat the Baltimore Ravens

Shane Quinn Contributor IISeptember 26, 2010

How the Cleveland Browns Can Beat the Baltimore Ravens

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    CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Seneca Wallace #6 of the Cleveland Browns looks for a receiver against the Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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    The Browns are once again 0-2 after two close games. This week they face the Baltimore Ravens, who are coming off a loss against the Cincinnati Bengals.

    It doesn't help that the Browns are in the hardest part of their schedule. In addition the Ravens are playing at home, and they are stoked, mad, and raged.

    Here's how the Browns can win against the Ravens this Sunday.

Confuse and Defuse Joe Flacco

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    CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 19: Michael Johnson #93 and Geno Atkins #97 of the Cincinatti Bengals sack quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    Joe Flacco is certainly not having a great start to the season, as he currently possesses a passer rating of 42.1 with five interceptions and only one touchdown.

    Last Sunday, the Bengals' coverage schemes certainly confused Flacco and put pressure on him.

    This is the key to a Browns' victory: you must keep Flacco under control or else he'll destroy you.

Control the Clock

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    CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19:  Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball for a touchdown as he is hit by linebacker Jovan Belcher #59 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (
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    One of the things that the Bengals did especially well against the Ravens was rushing the ball.

    Cedric Benson ran for 78 yards, helping Cincinnati control the clock against the Ravens.

    The Browns must keep running the ball because that will help keep the defense fresh and open up the passing game.

Contain Ray Rice

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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 16: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens scores a 13-yard touchdown in the third quarter against Brodney Pool #21 and Eric Wright #24 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 16, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo
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    The Browns must contain Ray Rice because if they don't, then the advantage belongs to Baltimore.

    Against the Ravens in Week 10 of last year, the Browns mostly contained him for the most part (20 carries, 89 yards, 1 TD) and kept the Ravens scoreless in the first half.

    It was a tremendous defensive effort from the Browns, but it didn't matter as the Browns were blanked, 16-0.

Ground the Ravens' Aerial Assault

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Anquan Boldin #81 of the Baltimore Ravens catches a pass over Kyle Wilson #20 of the New York Jets during their home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo b
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    Cleveland must contain the Ravens' aerial attack because if they don't, that opens holes for Ray Rice.

    The Browns need to cover a lot of ground this game and hopefully the secondary can take care of business.

Get the Offense Rolling

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    CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19:  Wide receiver Joshua Cribbs #16 of the Cleveland Browns runs by wide receiver Jeremy Horne #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images
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    The Browns may have a terrible offense but hopefully they can keep Baltimore on their toes by keeping drives alive.

    If the Browns can keep the game somewhat close during the first half, let's hope they can mix up in the second half.

Conclusion

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 01: Head coach Eric Mangini of the Cleveland Browns reacts as his team takes on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 1, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Browns 30-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    I expect the Browns to lose this game but if they can keep the score close, they might have a chance. My prediction: Ravens 17, Browns 6.