For 50 years, Monday Night Football has given us a reason to look forward to the start of the workweek. The iconic broadcast showcases the best the NFL has to offer. From armchair Quarterbacks to pitcher and wing deals, from Cosell to Levy, all our rowdy friends are here for Monday Night. In Week 14 of the 2020 Season, that means the Baltimore Ravens taking on the Cleveland Browns.
So it’s late in the season and Cleveland is 9-3 and Baltimore is 7-5. The Browns sit with a high probability of making the playoffs, and the Ravens fighting just to get into a wildcard spot. 2020 strikes again!
The Ravens desperately need a win, but the Browns are high flying coming off a huge win against the Titans. We break down what each team needs to do to get the W.
The Baltimore Ravens Keys to Victory: Get Lamar Jackson throwing downfield
The Ravens can run the ball, we’ve seen them carve up opposing defenses all season. But that’s about all they can do. Lamar Jackson has had trouble finding receivers deep downfield this year. The run option is all fine and good until teams figure you out and have that scouted. That is why Baltimore sits at 7-5, a far cry from finishing the regular season’s top seed a year ago.
Lamar Jackson has got to get comfortable moving the ball downfield early. Use the threat of the run to open up the passing game. Because if this hard-nosed Cleveland Defense can stop the run it’s going to be difficult for Baltimore to move the ball.
The Cleveland Browns Keys to Victory: Play-Action Passing
The play-action pass has been working to the Browns benefit all year long and if they want to confuse this Ravens defense early they can really use this to their advantage. They scored two TDs agains the Titans using that play. When you have the threat of Nick Chubb in the backfield, opposing defenses can’t help but respect it.
Baker Mayfield has his Browns moving the ball downfield well this season. In Week 13, they did so with ease against Tennessee. Will they be able to do it against a Top 10 D? They will see Baltimore and Pittsburgh again this season, so yes. It will certainly give them a sense of what they will face in the playoffs. Monday Night will be a good test for them.
The Browns have had a great season so far. But Baltimore was a lot of peoples picks to make the Super Bowl. I don’t see them going down without a fight. Cleveland struggled earlier in the season against this D, only able to put up 6. I think the Ravens get the win here and move one week closer to a wildcard birth. I think we are in for a dog fight on Monday Night. Would you accept anything less from the AFC North?
Prediction: Ravens 23, Browns 16
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