The Baltimore Ravens have a shot to clinch the top seed and home-field advantage through the playoffs with a win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Aside from the motivation of clinching the one seed, Baltimore will also be seeking revenge from their last loss of the season which came in Week 4 against Cleveland. Can the Ravens handle their business or will the Browns play spoiler? The staff of Baltimore Beatdown gives their bold predictions for Sunday’s AFC North match up.
The Lamar Jackson clap-back tour hits its final regular season destination. In their Week 4 win over Baltimore, Baker Mayfield was caught saying “make him (bleeping) throw!” Jackson does so, hitting 300 yards and four scores through the air, spreading touchdowns around to Mark Andrews, Willie Snead IV, Seth Roberts, and Mark Ingram.
Jackson finishes his historic regular season with 37 touchdown passes and 7 rushing touchdowns, putting an emphatic exclamation point on his 2019 campaign en route to becoming the youngest MVP in modern NFL history.
Seeking to avenge their 15-point defeat at the hands of Cleveland in Week 4, the Ravens return the favor in a big way. Another round of multi-touchdown performances from Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram propel Baltimore’s offense to a first half explosion, giving the team a commanding lead. From there, they don’t look back.
With the Browns playing catch-up, the Ravens are able to force Baker Mayfield into multiple mistakes. Earl Thomas III, Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters each record an interception, with the former recording his first pick-six of the season in the fourth quarter. The Ravens put an exclamation point on a historic season and clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC, which allows them to rest Lamar and other starters in Week 17.
The Ravens avenge their Week 4 embarrassment by embarrassing Cleveland on Sunday and ensuring them another losing season. Jackson hammers the final nail in his MVP case by throwing for four touchdowns before once again exiting the game early in the fourth quarter due to a blowout.
The real atonement comes from Baltimore’s defense though. After being gashed by the Browns in their last meeting, the defense gets the final word for the season by intercepting Mayfield twice and forcing a fumble. Nick Chubb is held to under 50 yards rushing this time. Baltimore clinches home-field advantage through the playoffs with a 38-16 win over Cleveland.
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