Ravens-Browns prediction

Posted Dec. 26, 2010 @ 11:48 a.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

In the last two games, the Browns have scored a combined 23 points against the following opponents: the Bills and Bengals.

I don't doubt the Browns, should they play their best game, can give the Ravens all they can handle, but when it comes down to it, I doubt they can score enough to defeat Baltimore, which has a well-balanced offense and racked up 365 yards vs. Cleveland in the first matchup.

RB Ray Rice, who had just 15 carries against Cleveland back in Week Three, could be the focal point of the offense in this game, particularly with the Browns having all sorts of issues stopping the run. Of course, the Browns couldn't stop WR Anquan Boldin (eight catches, 142 yards, three TDs) in the first meeting, so perhaps Baltimore will come out throwing.

Whatever the case, I don't know if the Browns' defense will be able to hold up. And I really have doubts that the Browns' offense can match strides with the Ravens' attack.

The Browns' best shot in this game, I hold, is to be aggressive. Take some shots in the passing game. Devise some creative blitzes with an eye on rattling Ravens QB Joe Flacco. Whatever the Browns choose to do, it can't be totally conventional. But even if the Browns catch the Ravens by surprise once or twice, I don't know if it will be enough.

Prediction: Ravens 30, Browns 13