Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns: What can’t happen this time
The Baltimore Ravens are going to do battle against the Cleveland Browns for the second time this season. Let’s look back at the disastrous first meeting for the Ravens, to see what must be avoided this go around:
What went wrong: The Turnover Battle
The first thing the Baltimore Ravens need to do against the Cleveland Browns is to win the turnover battle. The first game against the Browns saw Lamar Jackson have two interceptions and Mark Ingram II had a costly fumble. The Browns only had one turnover on the day and by winning the turnover battle they were able to put the Ravens in bad spots.
Good news for Baltimore:
The good news for the Ravens is that turnovers haven’t been a big problem for them this year. A typical Ravens game sees the Ravens hog the football. Lamar Jackson only has six interceptions on the season. Mark Ingram has had some fumbles this season, however they are few and far between. The Ravens are plus 10 in the turnover ratio.
Even more good news for the Ravens is that the Browns have been a turnover machine this season. Baker Mayfield has 17 touchdowns and 17 whopping interceptions on the year. The Browns are minus six in the turnover ratio. If things go the way they usually go the Ravens will win the turnover battle and will have a huge advantage in this game. The Ravens game to the Browns was an anomaly. Baltimore is clearly a different team than they were in the fourth week of the season. Jackson’s ability to protect the football and to make good decisions should be a big difference in the second meeting between these teams. Marcus Peters, a cornerback with a tendency to have the timely interception, could be another difference maker in this game.