Cleveland Browns: Five most difficult road games in 2017
4. Baltimore Ravens, Week 2
It is a rivalry dating back to the birth of the Baltimore Ravens franchise into the NFL. The Browns always have had and always will have a special sort of spite for the Ravens, even if they can’t seem to beat them.
And that’s no exaggeration. Cleveland has lost 16 of its last 18 clashes with Baltimore, serving as even more evidence to the dominance the AFC North has held over the lowly Browns over the past decade.
So what’s worse than having to play and possibly lose to the hated Ravens once again? Doing it away from home.
The Browns have at least had a little more success at FirstEnergy Stadium, where epic collapses the past two seasons have led to heart-wrenching defeats. Remember the blocked field goal returned for a touchdown? Or last season’s 20-point comeback? We wish we didn’t.
But the reality still is, Cleveland plays better at home. Away from home, the Browns have struggled to even remain competitive. Last season, they were embarrassed on Thursday Night Football, losing 28-7.
Have the Browns really started to turn it around in 2017? Prove it by beating the Ravens, and beating them at M&T Bank Stadium. So much easier said than done, but the Browns need division victories away from home, as tough of a feat as that is to accomplish in the NFL.