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Week 10: Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns

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Week 10: Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns
Monday November 16, 2009 9:00 PM
Line: Ravens -6.0

Ok, so last week didn’t go as we all would have hoped. Statistically it was the worst effort the Ravens have put forth this season. It was sloppy, it was ugly, it was down right depressing.

But let’s not focus on the negatives right now, let’s focus on the positives and the challenge the Ravens have before them. Last week the Bengals shot out to a 17-0 lead heading into the half. It looked to many as if the Ravens were facing the fate of the Chicago Bears (a 45-10 rout). However, the Coaching staff looked deep into their players, adjusted the game plan and the Ravens managed to come out and shut out the Bengals for the final 30 minutes. If the offense had been able to generate some more momentum, and if Steve Hauschka makes his pivotal kick, the Ravens could likely have won this game in a nail biter. But that didn’t happen, so everyone from Ozzie Newsome down to Paul Kruger has to put the game behind them and move on to this week’s match up.

Make no bones about it, the Browns will likely come out hungry and thirsting for an upset. On paper it may look like the Ravens will roll to another victory, but history shows us that you can take no team lightly. Last year the Giants were cutting a bloody path through the NFL, it seemed as if no team would be able to bring down the towering juggernaut. That is, until they reached Cleveland on a cold and blustery Monday Night. Cleveland dug deep, took a stand, and managed to bring down the mighty Giants. If the Ravens fail to learn this lesson and begin to dwell to heavily on the Colts looming next week, it could be a long tense night.

With that in mind let’s take a look at this week’s match up.

RavensGab.com Keys to the Game

Pick Yourself Up

We know that every man on that squad has to be feeling down. They just lost whatever hope they had of winning the division by dropping an embarrassing game to Cincinnati. But this is the NFL, you can’t stay down long, just the same as you can’t rest to long on your laurels. Failing to come ready to fight this week in Cleveland will not only cost the Ravens the game, it will cost the Ravens the playoffs.

Every game from here on out for the rest of the season has got to be their last stand. Each week will have massive implications for the rest of the season and the playoff picture. The team cannot afford another let down, even in the face of stiff competition. To proceed into January and February, winning starts here.

RUN!

So you want to beat the Cleveland Browns? Here’s the secret: Run the ball. The key to putting this game away early is to pound the Cleveland Defense and weaken them to the point that they just can’t fight anymore. Keep the Cleveland Offense off the field for as long as possible and this game will be a cake walk. Rely on Ray Rice, rely on Willis McGahee, rely on Le’Ron McClain and roll right over this team.

Possess the Ball

This is where the Ravens failed the worst last week in Cincinnati. They simply could not keep the ball in their own hands long enough to get anything done. Credit Carson Palmer and Credit the Cincinnati defense for running a perfectly executed game plan.

This week against the Browns the Ravens cannot let down in this department. Look, we all know Cleveland does not have a great offense. They weekly merry go round of quarterbacks is down right embarrassing. That means to beat the Browns handily, the Ravens Offense must march on long sustained drives and allow their defense to stay rested to pick apart the Browns game plan. Possessing the ball equates to winning games.

Contain Joshua Cribbs

If the Browns have one shinning beacon in their beleaguered unit, its their special teams play of Joshua Cribbs. He’s fast, agile and smart. He’s capable of getting into the end zone on any kickoff/punt situation, so you must account for him and plan accordingly. He won’t go down easily, but the last time the Ravens faced off against the browns this was not an issue. To win on Monday they must count on a repeat performance.

Mix up the Game Plan

If there’s one glaring weakness I’ve seen in certain Ravens games, its their inability to run a balanced offense package. Although it is important to attack teams at their weakest point, be it the run or the pass, it I also important to keep teams guessing what you’re going to do. Sure we know that the Bengals can’t defend the pass very well, but if they’re ready for that they can succeed, the trick is to exploit their weakness, but keep them unsure of how you will attack. The best example of the Ravens succeeding on this front was against the Broncos. In that game, the Ravens were able to run a very balanced attack with an almost equal division of run plays and pass plays.

Beating the Browns easily will start with running a balanced sound attack plan. Run and Pass and keep the defense guessing.

Come Out Fast and Strong

The Ravens have got to come out like the burning fires of hell and torch this Cleveland Browns team for having the sheer audacity to exist. They cannot suffer another slow start. The Ravens worst fault as a team is their inability to get going early. If they have any hope of winning the big games, and making it to the playoffs, they must get going from moment one.

Beating the Browns starts here. Put this team away early and roll to victory.

Ravens Gab Predictions

Jonathon Scruggs

The Ravens are 0-5 in recent Monday Night Football history. The Browns have nothing left to prove, they are simply the spoiler from here on out. Although this team seems like a JV squad on paper they will beat you if you underestimate them.

That being said, I simply cannot foresee the Ravens dropping this game. There is simply too much on he line for this team to throw up a let down game

Ravens 27 — Browns 9

Matt Jergensen

Baltimore has it’s work cut out for them in the second half of the season. But if there is one thing that we can draw hope from for this Monday’s contest is that John Harbaugh coached teams win the games they are supposed to against inferior competition.

Brady Quinn is back under center and that helps the defense as he won’t throw deep that often. The key is containing their only offensive weapon in Joshua Cribbs as he will be featured more in the offense. Get up quick and they should be fine.

Ravens 30 – Browns 13

Gene Winner

The Ravens are heavily favored and the Browns look to be the spoiler in this game. This is a national stage for the Browns and they will be motivated to win their first home game.

The Ravens will have to get off to a fast start and needs the offense back in rhythm. Its time for the Ravens defense to stop worrying about schemes and start making those signature Raven plays with an aggressive hard hitting mentality

Ravens 29 – Browns 10


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