When the Baltimore Ravens take on the Cleveland Browns, it will be a huge chance for Baltimore to make a statement and set themselves apart in the division. The Ravens went 2-1 on the road in the division and now just have to hold serve at home to finish the year with a winning record against their most familiar foes. If the Ravens want to win this game, they will have to rely on some big performances from these players.
3. The Baltimore Ravens edge rushers have to dominate the Cleveland Browns
The Baltimore Ravens edge rushers have really started to come on. Odafe Oweh got injured in week two and has started to get his groove going in recent weeks. He has two sacks in the past three games. With sacks against Charles Cross and Taylor Decker, he looks like he is back to his old ways, if not better. Per PFF, Oweh has a 17% pass rush win rate, which is up from 10% last season.
Beyond that, Oweh, the Baltimore Ravens signed Kyle Van Noy, and he has five sacks in the six games that he has played for the Ravens. He just had a strip sack against Geno Smith.
Those two are welcome additions because Jadeveon Clowney was holding it down alone for the first month. Now that Clowney has extra help, his play has remained the same; it has just amplified how good this group is.
The Ravens get the Browns at the right time when it comes to the health of their tackles. They just placed Jedrick Wills on the IR, and they planned to play James Hudson over there, but an injury to rookie Dawand Jones has them scrambling. Jones was the backup to Jack Conklin, who has been out for the year. So, they are onto their third right tackle and backup left tackle. Geron Christian is next up.
Clowney, Van Noy, and Oweh against Christian and Hudson is the matchup that has to decide this game.