Well, the Baltimore Ravens have won 10 straight games. Intriguingly, they will now face the team that handed them their last loss in the Cleveland Browns. Admittedly, this is a significantly improved football team, as the Ravens really started to put it all together after that game. Now, they will have a chance to redeem that loss and win their 11th straight game. Here are 5 players to watch.
The Browns were able to slow down Andrews in their victory over the Ravens earlier this season. Andrews was held to 4 receptions, 31 yards, and 1 touchdown. As the Ravens leading receiver, Andrews is critical to their offensive success. He should be matched up against former Pro Bowler Joe Schobert once again on Sunday. That matchup could be the most important one in the game.
The Ravens failed to stop Nick Cubb in their last meeting. Chubb had 20 carries for 165 yards and 3 touchdowns. That included an 88-yard touchdown run. The Ravens defense has certainly come a long way since Week 4. They are now 5th in opponent rush yards per game. Brandon Williams is a key part of that, as he is perhaps their best run stopper. Williams sat out of their last meeting and will certainly be an impactful piece on Sunday.
The pressure is going to be on the secondary with Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry lined up on the outside. Landry previously burned the Ravens for 167 yards on 8 catches. The addition of Marcus Peters should help out tremendously this time around. Peters and Marlon Humphrey are two of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, so they should be able to challenge Landry and Beckham.
Additionally, Peters is known for being one of the best ball-hawks in the league. He has 5 interceptions so far this season. Baker Mayfield has currently thrown the 3rd most interceptions in the NFL this season with 17, so look out for a potential takeaway from Peters.
We have been hearing it all season long; the Ravens have been historically good running the football. The Browns are allowing 135.2 rushing yards per game, which is the 6th worst mark in the NFL. On the flip side, they are only allowing 217.9 passing yards per game, which is the 6th best mark in the NFL. It is abundantly clear that the Ravens need to once again rely on Mark Ingram and the run game.
Lamar Jackson has obviously been unstoppable for opposing defenses this season. His combination of 33 passing touchdowns and 1,103 rushing yards this season is unlike anything we have ever seen before. He could be in store for a big game on the ground against Cleveland's porous run defense. The read option between Jackson and Ingram is a nightmare for the Browns.