Ravens vs Browns, Week 5: Keys to Victory

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Sep 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Brandon Williams (98) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens continue to shut down opposing running games

The Browns, like many NFL teams, want to run the ball a lot.  It’s to be expected when you don’t have a quarterback that’s named Rodgers or Brady.  But things haven’t worked out too well for them so far, as the Browns currently rank only 25th in the NFL with 89.8 yards per game on the ground.

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On the flip side, the Ravens’ run defense hasn’t been quite as good as last season’s, but they are still 15th with 104.8 yards per game allowed.  Last week, Le’Veon Bell became the first running back to rush for over 100 yards against them this season.

A big part of the Ravens’ success is the breakout year that DT/NT Brandon Williams is having.  Currently ranked as the 3rd best 3-4 lineman in football, Williams has been a force against the run.  The big man is clogging up the middle, allowing the linebackers to flow to the ball.

The Browns running backs are no slouches, but things just haven’t been clicking for them yet.  With rookie Duke Johnson coming on in the passing game last week against the Chargers and Isiah Crowell as the early down pounder, they certainly can’t take them for granted, however.

Next: Brandon Williams quietly having a breakout season

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