Ravens vs. Browns key match up: Battle of the trenches

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BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 29: Odell Beckham #13 of the Cleveland Browns catches a pass as Matt Judon #99 of the Baltimore Ravens defends during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

When the Browns have the ball:

The Browns offensive line is still the biggest area of weakness for their team. Cleveland has a lot of weapons for the offense and a lot going for the defense. The offensive line is the one thing that they need to worry about. Jedrick Willis is getting a first test in the NFL against the Ravens. It’s not quite as daunting without the fans in the stands, but dealing with Matt Judon coming off the edge isn’t an easy first game.

Willis and Jack Conklin, the Browns’ right tackle have a lot to worry about. At defensive end the Ravens have Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe. At outside linebacker the Ravens have Matt Judon, Pernell McPhee and Tyus Bowser. The Ravens should have a match up advantage here. Their two tackles have to deal with one of the best defensive ends in the NFL, the Ravens’ franchise player this year and a solid group helping them. So the advantage goes to Baltimore here. This isn’t the same defensive front that the Browns abused last year.

This will be Baltimore’s first look at Patrick Queen at linebacker. Queen is in for a huge test in his debut. He’s got a lot of responsibilities on day one potentially including, covering Austin Hooper while chasing down Chubb in the run game as well. Remember, the Ravens didn’t have a preseason and this is the first in game action for Queen.

He will be tested. If he passes the test, Baltimore has the complete match up advantage here and their offseason improvement is the reason why. If Queen falters, it’s an opening for Cleveland to even this battle. Much of it boils down to which rookie in a key role does the best for their team. If it is Willis the Browns have a shot to win this game. If it’s Queen, the overall front seven should come together in a way that could sink the Browns.

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