Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns: Keys to Victory Week Seventeen

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Dec 21, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) runs with the ball during the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers won 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Rediscover Pass Rush

The Ravens’ pass rush was on fire coming into Houston last week, but that flame was quickly extinguished by a formidable Texans offensive line.  It most certainly cost the Ravens some field position and kept Houston driving down the field, even if they couldn’t get much done in the red zone.

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This week, the Ravens will face another big question at quarterback.  Johnny Manziel is on injured reserve and saw Brian Hoyer regain his starting job as a result.  But Hoyer is nursing an injury of his own and the Browns aren’t sure if he can go Sunday.  The team signed Tyler Thigpen this week and early signs may be pointing to a Conner Shaw start.

As we found out last week with Case Keenum, the Ravens can’t afford to give opposing quarterbacks time in the pocket, no matter who it is.  If they can return to the form that secured wins against the Jaguars and Dolphins, the Browns will have a tough time generating points.

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