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The Good News: The Browns almost got the Ravens the first time the two teams met this season. Since then, the Browns have become a much, much stronger team. Add to that the fact that Joe Flacco had the game of his career in the last Browns-Ravens matchup, which won't happen again.
Intangibles will matter in this one too: the Cleveland faithful are still really angry at Art Modell and his Ravens and the Browns have evolved into a team that really, really wants to win for their city and their fans.
In the event of a close game, heart matters. A lot.
The Bad News: The widespread belief that the Ravens are all defense and no offense is a complete misconception. Ranked 16th in team rushing yardage and 15th in team passing yardage, this team isn't exactly an offensive juggernaut, but it's also far from one-sided.
Flacco may not be as good as he looked in the first meeting of these two teams, but he's no slouch.
Then there's the more obvious problem: the Browns are facing the sixth-ranked rushing defense in the league, which means this one can't be won on Hillis' back alone.
Verdict: The Ravens are a good team, but they are very beatable. The Browns almost got them once, and this optimist thinks this time Cleveland comes out on top of an ugly, grinding, low-scoring game.