Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns: Keys to Victory Week Seventeen

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Sep 21, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) and Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Craig Robertson (53) at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

After a roller coaster of a season, it all comes down to this.  The Ravens come home for the final game of the regular season to host the Cleveland Browns, a game that is truly a must win for Baltimore.  Unfortunately, simply winning this game won’t guarantee them a playoff spot, as they must also keep their fingers crossed for a Chargers win over the Chiefs as well.

We won’t blame the team for doing a bit of scoreboard watching Sunday, but they will also need to make sure they take care of business against a much improved Browns team fighting for pride at this point.  The Browns are not a team that will lie down and take a loss to close out the season, even though they have already been eliminated from playoff contention.

So how do the Ravens secure a win this week and ensure they do their part in earning a playoff spot?  We’ve taken a look at these two teams and come up with the keys to victory, our weekly segment that highlights some obvious mismatches and potential problems that the Ravens can overcome with a proper game plan.

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