What went wrong: The Browns ran all over the Ravens defense
The first game between these teams was the only time this season in which the opposing team had more rushing yards than the Baltimore Ravens. The Browns had 193 rushing yards and averaged 6.7 yards per carry. Nick Chubb chipped in 165 of those yards and scored three touchdowns in the contest.
Week 16 perspective:
This is still a big concern for this game. The San Francisco 49ers were able to run the ball effectively against the Ravens. Devin Singletary of the Buffalo Bills had some good runs against Baltimore as well. The Browns have a weapon in the backfield they didn’t have the last time. Kareem Hunt is back from suspension and he’s averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Chubb has earned a Pro Bowl spot and rushed for 1,408 yards. It’s no secret how the Browns are going to attempt to beat the Ravens.
The Ravens defense has been a completely different unit since late September. The Ravens have the fifth best run defense and rank sixth in total yards allowed per game. Cleveland won’t be able to stampede the Ravens the way they did in round one of this divisional fight. Josh Bynes, L.J. Fort and a few additions on the defensive line have fixed the bulk of the problems. Expect the Browns to get some traction on the ground, but it won’t be enough to win them this game. Baker Mayfield has to be ready to put this game on his arm against a secondary that has three Pro Bowl players.