Ravens vs Browns, Week 5: Keys to Victory

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Oct 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) runs the ball past Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake (41) during the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

I know what you’re thinking.  “It’s the Browns, this is going to be an easy win.”  I’ll forgive you for thinking that anything in the NFL comes easy, because history is on your side.  The Ravens have absolutely dominated the Browns throughout that very history, especially at home.

But I guarantee you that the Ravens are not taking the Browns for granted as they prepare for the first 2015 meeting between these two teams, and neither should you.  The Browns may not have won in Baltimore since 2007, but crazier things have happened already this season.

The good news is, the Ravens still have a great shot at improving to 2-3 this week after a dreadful 0-3 start, even with Steve Smith already ruled out.  The absence of your best offensive player is never a good thing, but it doesn’t sting as much when you’re playing the league’s worst rated defense.

It also doesn’t hurt that you’re facing one of the NFL’s worst quarterbacks in Josh McCown.  But keep in mind that these two teams have the same record, and the Browns’ last two losses came by 7 and 3 points respectively.  Last week it took a last second Chargers field goal (in San Diego) to seal their fate.

A few key things must go right for the Ravens in week 5 if they want to seal the victory and remove themselves from the bottom of the AFC North.  I like to call them the keys to victory.  We’ll begin with the big question mark that surrounds this team’s wide receiver corps.

Next: What wide receiver will step up?

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