Why the Baltimore Ravens should beat the Cleveland Browns
It’s puzzling that the people are trying to sell to Baltimore Ravens fans that this is a game to worry about:
All week long, people have been talking about how the Browns game could be a challenge for the Baltimore Ravens. All week long pundits have been pointing to how the Browns are a different team and Baker Mayfield makes the Browns an exciting team. I had a conversation with a guy at my other job, and he said that the Browns would be harder than the Steelers. That’s right, going into Cleveland is harder than playing Ben Roethlisberger at Heinz Field… all of the sudden.
Yes, this is a traditional trap game for the Baltimore Ravens. Yes, this Browns team is the best Browns team in years. However the Ravens are a different team this year. Eric Weddle keeps saying in post game press conferences “This isn’t the same old Ravens.” The Ravens have their stuff together and they’re the better team in every measurable way. The Ravens have earned some confidence from their fanbase.
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For a third week in a row, the Ravens go into a game they should win. The Ravens go into a game where they are the better team and the only way they lose is if they get in their own way. The Ravens just beat the Steelers and while the team is excited, many players expressed how the game could have been even better. This is not the look of a team that is going to fall into a trap game.
The Ravens have a top 10 offense. The Ravens have a top 5 defense. They have looked like one of the most complete teams in the NFL. The Browns lost to a Oakland Raiders team that isn’t very good. The Raiders were without a win before the Browns walked into town. The Browns had the lead with little time left in the fourth quarter and lost. Derek Carr had over 400 yards. Marshawn Lynch had over 100 rushing yards. A team that gave up 45 points to Oakland is going to have a hard time against a Baltimore Ravens team that is rolling along.
The Ravens can lose this game. If they do though, it will be more to do with them than the Browns. Baltimore is the better team. The Ravens have a chance to go to the playoffs and make some noise. Cleveland is on the way up, and they will be more of a challenge than usual. It’s just if the Ravens take care of business, they’ll be 4-1.