Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens: Preview, Prediction and Analysis

After a disappointing start to 2016, the Browns look to turn things around in Cleveland, Ohio as they host the Baltimore Ravens.

 

Date: Sunday, September 18th

 

Game Time: 1:00 PM on CBS

 

Location: Cleveland, Ohio at FirstEnergy Stadium

 

 

Why this game is worth watching:

 

Hugh Jackson coaches his first game for the Cleveland Browns in front of a home crowd- Browns head coach Hugh Jackson has a large task ahead of himself, trying to transform Cleveland into a winning franchise in the National Football League.  After struggling on the road in the first week, maybe some home cooking will turn things around, at least for one game.

 

Baltimore’s defense might be one of the best in the NFL- It’s only been one week, but the Ravens looked dominant on defense.  The Buffalo Bills were held to 5.0 yards per attempt passing and only 2.7 yards per rush on Sunday.  Those statistics are among the top-five teams in the league after Week 1 for Baltimore’s D.

 

Josh McCown takes over as the Browns quarterback- Josh McCown isn’t too bad for a backup.  Last season for the Browns he threw for over 2,00 yards along with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions in his time on the field.  With a new-looking receiving corps, we’ll see how McCown looks in his 2016 debut.

 

 

Key to the game:

 

The Cleveland Browns establishing a run game on offense- Hugh Jackson has two running backs that didn’t disappoint against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.  Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson combined for 15 carries and 84 yards rushing last week.  That’s over 5 yards per rush for the two backs.  Baltimore’s defensive line held their own against the Bills rushing attack last week and will provide a tough test for the Browns backfield and offensive line.  Whether or not the Browns consistently have success rushing the ball will likely decide the outcome of this game.

 

 

Player who is an X-Factor:

 

Gary Barnidge- The starting tight end for the Cleveland Browns had over 1,000 yards receiving last season.  Last week, he had none.  Expect Barnidge to get plenty of targets on Sunday, as the Browns look to capture their first victory of 2016.

 

 

Prediction:

 

This should be a low-scoring game.  I like the Browns keeping this game close with it being their home opener, but the Ravens have too much of an edge on defense to pick against them.

 

Baltimore 20  Cleveland 16

 

 

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