Baltimore Ravens face most important game in years

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 22: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens makes a pass during the first quarter in a 22-10 win over the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 22: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens makes a pass during the first quarter in a 22-10 win over the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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The Baltimore Ravens face the biggest game they have had in M&T Bank Stadium since they won their second Super Bowl:

The Baltimore Ravens battle with the Cleveland Browns is the most important game the Ravens have had to prepare for since hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for the second time, in 2012. This game has a bit of everything in it. It’s a shot at redemption for last season. It’s a chance to make the decision to keep John Harbaugh for another year look like a good one. The Lamar Jackson era could start with a memorable postseason run, or the season could end with a really bad loss.

There is so much on the line. Baltimore has a chance to win the AFC North, and it comes with a bonus. If the Ravens are victorious their arch rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, will be eliminated from the postseason. This game is huge for the dynamics of the AFC North.

The Browns are the up and coming team. They are trying to establish the upper hand on the Ravens, as the Ravens are trying to go into a new phase of this rivalry as the division champions. The Browns have only beat the Ravens three times since John Harbaugh has been the head coach. If Cleveland can hand Baltimore heartbreak, they will go into the next season with hope of becoming the new power in the division.

Baker Mayfield is obviously the quarterback the Browns needed to gain back their legitimacy. The Browns needle is going up, no matter what the outcome of this game is. The Browns have won four of their last five games. They are 7-7-1 a year after being without a single win. If the Browns were to beat the Ravens it would have huge ripple effects in the future.

This will be a game that will always be remembered. One way or another, this will be a huge moment in the history of the purple and black. They either win their division, or their season ends with their fourth consecutive playoff miss. The Ravens need this win.

This game is far more important than their battle with the Bengals last season. That was for a wild card spot, and for a team that didn’t quite have the magic. The Ravens have become contenders. If they get in the postseason, they have a shot.

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The Ravens fanbase is desperate for a playoff berth. The Ravens are sticking with John Harbaugh, but with a new quarterback and Eric DeCosta replacing Ozzie Newsome, it’s a good time to get back to success. This game is as big as it could ever get in the regular season, because it is a basically a playoff game.