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Ravens Seek Revenge, AFC’s Top Seed

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Revenge Sunday


The RSR staff’s Bold Predictions suggest that the Ravens search for revenge will be successful.

Tony Lombardi

I remember sitting in Section 251 back on September 29, 2019, melting under the sun to the tune of 87 degrees and a heat index of 91. Along with me, the Ravens defense melted as well. They broke out the 1997 throwback defense. The Ravens made it a one-score game and with under 10 minutes to play they trailed the Browns 24-18.

The Browns faced a 1st and 15 from their own 12 and the crowd, which was kept in check by Cleveland’s offense was awoken and began to stir into a frenzy. Seconds later they were silenced by an 88-yard TD run by Nick Chubb.

Since 1999, when an opponent faced similar circumstances at M&T Bank Stadium, you could rest assured that the Ravens would soon take the lead. This day was different and the Browns left Baltimore that afternoon thinking that they would soon control the AFC North.

Now, nearly 3 months later, the picture has changed. The Ravens have changed. They will field 9 defensive players that did not take the field on 9/29, a day that served as a wakeup call for John Harbaugh & Co. Meanwhile, the Browns are the rudderless collection of underachievers that we all thought they would become.

With a win over the Browns, the Ravens clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

So, will they? Let’s just say there will be none of this on Sunday!

  • With his next TD pass, Lamar Jackson will break the single-season record for the Ravens. He’ll finish with 2 to push his total to a franchise best 35. Lamar will also rush for 119 yards, pushing his season total to 1,222, matching the calendar date of this win.
  • As a team the Ravens will rush for 230 yards and push the season total to 3,060 yards, 105 yards shy of the all-time team rushing total set by the Patriots in 1978 (3,165).
  • Brandon Williams returns to face the Browns this time around and he’ll make a big difference. He will FSU! Nick Chubb will have less than half of his 165 yard rushing total during that season-changing game in September.
  • The Ravens will score on their first two possessions to take the wind out of the Browns’ sail and that of their curmudgeon fans. Lamar Jackson will lead the way again as the Ravens jump out to a 31-10 lead by the third quarter. The Browns will add another 10 points while Baker Mayfield pads his stats in the fourth.
  • This is the Browns 21st season since their return to the NFL. Up to now 18 of the previous 20 seasons have been losing ones. Make it 19 of 21 now!

FINAL SCORE: Ravens 31, Browns 20

Todd Karpovich

— The Browns are going to try to run the ball and the Ravens are going to stop them. Nick Chubb had 165 yards rushing and three touchdowns in their first meeting this season. But 88 of those yards were in one run, and Brandon Williams was not in the lineup.

— Baltimore’s secondary matches up well with Jarvis Landry and OBJ. Baker Mayfield will make mistakes if he’s forced to throw downfield. 

— Cleveland is ranked 27th against the run, allowing 135.2 yards per game, and Baltimore will look to exploit this weakness with the league’s top running attack. Mark Ingram will go over 1,000 yards on the season in this game. 

— In the first meeting, Lamar Jackson threw for 247 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran for 66 yards in that game. Jackson has done better protecting the ball and this will be a key difference in this game.

Ravens 31 Browns 24

Derek Arnold

The Browns are ready to quit, while the Ravens have everything to play for, including revenge as well as the AFC’s top seed. As Ravens fans, we’re still conditioned to expect letdowns against clearly inferior teams, but the 2019 squad is doing all they can to ease our collective neurosis. With a few extra days to rest up and prepare, the revenge will be sweet and complete.

Ravens 45 Browns 10

Chad Racine

The last time these two teams faced off, the Ravens defense was hardly a resemblance of what they are now. To summarize, Josh Bynes, L.J. Fort, Marcus Peters, Jimmy Smith, Jihad Ward, Justin Ellis, and Domata Peko were not playing. It was also before Chuck Clark took over for Tony Jefferson and Jaylon Ferguson wasn’t getting many snaps. The Browns will play like this is their Super Bowl because it’s the closest they’ll get to one. In previous years the Ravens were known to play down to bad teams at times but not this year. The pummeling of teams like the Bengals, Dolphins and the Jets is evidence of that. The Ravens know this will lock up the #1 seed and they will be laser-focused with the MVP front-runner Lamar Jackson.

— Baker Mayfield throws three interceptions and gets sacked four times.

Marlon Humphrey reminds OBJ from the start what a frustrating day it’s going to be for him. Two catches for fewer than 25 yards.

— Marcus Peters gets two of the three interceptions.

— Josh Bynes gets his 3rd interception for the year.

— Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are held to under 100 yards combined.

— Lamar throws for three touchdowns and rushes for another.

Mark Andrews adds another to his Ravens record eight touchdowns with his ninth of the season.

— Hollywood Brown gets a red zone touchdown.

— Mark Ingram rushes for a touchdown.

Ravens 42 Browns 13

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

John Langley

The Week 4 matchup between these two teams was incredibly frustrating for Ravens fans. Nothing went right, everything seemed to go wrong and the Browns looked unstoppable. 

Since that time, the Ravens have gone 10-0 and have decimated far better opponents than the Browns, while the team up north has limped to a 4-6 record since. 

This meeting isn’t going to go like the last one did, and I predict not even close. The Ravens have something serious to play for: assuring the road to Miami comes through Baltimore. The Browns are playing for what amounts to their Super Bowl, as their fans STILL talk about what happened in Week 4 like their team has done anything since. 

Prediction time: 

— Baker Mayfield turns the ball over three times (two picks, one fumble). 

— The Ravens get five sacks in total and Judon cements a big deal with two of them. 

— Lamar Jackson makes Mayfield eat his words and slices and dices the defense, throwing for four touchdowns. 

— Hollywood gets two more touchdown grabs.

Ravens 42 Browns 10

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Aidan Griesser

— The Ravens will come out looking to absolutely embarrass the Browns, and with their opponent being so dysfunctional, they’ll have no trouble doing it.

— The defense picks off Baker Mayfield three times and sacks him three more, with the turnovers going to Marlon Humphrey, Earl Thomas, and Brandon Carr. The sacks will be tallied by Matt Judon, Jihad Ward, and Chuck Clark.

— On offense, the Ravens will be able to do whatever they want. Lamar throws for three TDs and runs for another, while Mark Ingram goes over 100 yards and gets a rushing TD of his own. Look for Mark Andrews, Hollywood Brown, and Willie Snead to be on the receiving end of Jackson’s scores.

— The Ravens make good on the one blemish they’ve had this season, wrapping up the regular season AFC crown in emphatic fashion.

Ravens 41 Browns 17

Photo Credit: Gail Burton, Associated Press

Drew Kordula

The Browns have shown no signs of life over the past few weeks, so it’s easy to see why Vegas has them as 10-point dogs at home against arguably the hottest team in football.

Maybe it’s the Baltimore cynic in me, but I just don’t feel right about this game. I have no reasons or facts that I can throw out that will make any sense as to why I think the Browns will cover this week, it’s just my gut. Cleveland has had such a disappointing season to this point, and I think they will do everything in their power to not let the Ravens celebrate earning the top overall seed in the AFC in Cleveland this Sunday. That would be the ultimate knife in the heart to that fan base after the season they have had.

I do think the Ravens will ultimately win this game. It’s hard to pick, straight up, against a team as hot as they are with the MVP under center. Ten points is just a lot for me in this spot. I’ll take Cleveland to keep it close, but I won’t argue with you if you think otherwise. My favorite play on this game would be the over. I think they’ll easily get into the 50s to cover comfortably.

Ravens 27 Browns 24

Nick Capecci

Call it a revenge game, call it just a normal game, or call it the game where the Ravens can set another historical mark.

Regardless of what you view it as, the Ravens have another important game in Cleveland as they look to seal the number one seed and homefield for the entirety of the playoffs. 

The Cleveland Browns have obviously been a major disappointment. They have underachieved, Baker Mayfield has taken a step back because of poor play-calling and a bad offensive line, and injuries have been racking up. Still, its a divisional opponent that they lost to in Week 4 so it isn’t as easy as it seems. 

Lamar has the opportunity to set a few records on Sunday. He needs one touchdown to set the Ravens franchise record for passing TDs, and he needs three TDs to break the passing TD record for a Heisman trophy winner. Lamar doesn’t seem to care about those accolades, yet I still want him to keep adding to his MVP candidacy. 

— Baker will struggle against this revamped defense, throwing two interceptions, while being sacked four times, one of which results in a fumble. This is a deeper secondary that isn’t what he saw before, and his receivers seem to be un-interested in helping him out. That disinterest only means bad things for him. 

— Nick Chubb will have a decent day overall, but it won’t be the day he saw before. He will have 115 yards with one score. RBs don’t win you games any more.

— The Browns defense is going to struggle throughout the day, as injuries to Sheldon Richardson, Olivier Vernon, Denzel Ward and the lack of Elite edge player Myles Garrett will be a problem. I see them giving up five TDs and two field goals in an uninspiring effort.

– Lamar will break the Ravens single season TD record, as well as the Heisman TD record in one afternoon. He wants to prove to the Browns that their win was earned in Week 4, but the Ravens earned the North. 350+ yards with another five-TD performance. 

– Mark Ingram will get his 1000-yard season mark, and add to his overall TD mark with a 115-yard day on the ground, and be the recipient of one of Lamar’s TDs. 

– Each of the Ravens TEs will score a TD in the Red Zone, as Mark Andrews will break another record (seems to be the season trend) for yards by a Ravens TE. 

Baltimore 41 Browns 17

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