Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns: Browns' Keys to the Game

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Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns: Browns' Keys to the Game
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It's the Cleveland Browns vs. the Team Formerly Known as the Cleveland Browns on Sunday as the Browns take on the Ravens at home for their second AFC North matchup in a row and the first meeting in 2011 between the two teams. 

The Ravens swept the season series in 2010, though the Browns hung in there in both contests, losing by seven and 10 points, respectively. 

Baltimore presents an interesting opponent for the Browns. The Ravens have played well against good teams this season, including a sweep of the season series against the Steelers but have struggled against weaker opponents, losing to the likes of Jacksonville and Seattle, both teams the Browns have already beaten. 

But whether those were just embarrassing glitches for Baltimore or if they really do have a problem with playing down to their opponent's level, the Browns will have their work cut out for them this Sunday. 

Baltimore has won the last six meetings between the two teams and is deadlocked with Pittsburgh for first place in the AFC North at the moment. 

Baltimore needs a win to keep a share of the division lead and to keep the Cincinnati Bengals from creeping up on them as well. The Browns need the win as well. They need to prove they can hang in against their tough divisional opponents, not to mention that nobody likes to lose to the stolen version of themselves. 

Following are the keys to the game for the Browns if they hope to have a shot at upsetting the division rival Ravens. 

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