How the Cleveland Browns Can Beat the Baltimore Ravens
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.