Baltimore Ravens: 3 steps to beating the Cleveland Browns
Again, a word of action. Again, action is most definitely required in a game like this.
The Ravens seemed a little uneven in their game against Dallas, which can be excused in this instance because of the disruptions in schedules and players being laid up with illness. Look at the Steelers — they have seemed off-kilter the last three weeks, as well. But they managed to get points on the board and dominate the game against the Cowboys with some big plays. They will need more of that this week.
That usually brings to mind Marquise Brown, but with Denzel Ward out this game, I feel like the Browns will roll a lot of coverage Brown’s way since they don’t have that one guy that can check him for 60 minutes. That could mean open seams up the middle to Mark Andrews and Willie Snead.
The Ravens can also generate explosive plays with Dobbins and Edwards, along with Jackson, himself in the run game. If I’m the Ravens brain trust — and I think we’re all thankful that I’m not —, I would call for a ton of pass-run-options for Jackson. Have him drop five steps, keep receivers crossing across the field towards the sidelines, and if that main read isn’t there, tuck and run right up the vacated middle of the field.
• Mark Andrews will continue his torrid ways against the Browns. according to ESPN box scores, Andrews has gone for 15 catches, 182 yards, and five touchdowns against the Browns in his last three games. On Monday night, Andrews will grab six balls for 91 yards and a touchdown.
• Marcus Peters grabs an interception and gets smoked for a touchdown, giving everybody the whole Peters experience.
• The Ravens will generate more than 400 yards of offense in the game.
Ravens 27 Browns 23