The Cleveland Browns sit at 1-2 with a pivotal rivalry game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4. In order to take first place in the AFC North, the Browns will need a solid game plan against the Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson.
The Cleveland Browns and their fans have had nearly a week to stew over their Sunday Night Football loss to the Los Angeles Rams. After the crushing Week 3 defeat that saw Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Damion Ratley nearly pull off a miracle finish on fourth down, the Browns look to the Baltimore Ravens in an attempt to cleanse the bad taste from the mouth of the Dawg Pound.
Baltimore has impressed this season, sitting at 2-1 after two decisive wins to start the year. Quarterback Lamar Jackson has impressed in his second year, showing much more skill in the passing game while still allowing his athletic versatility to shine through. Jackson’s dual-threat nature makes him one of the most difficult quarterbacks to bring down in all of the NFL, and the Browns will need all hands on deck defensively.
The next month of Cleveland’s schedule is a gauntlet, starting with the 3-0 San Francisco 49ers in Week 5 through the New England Patriots in Foxborough in Week 8. The Browns have to get on the right foot offensively in order to compete with the NFL’s elite, and clicking against the Ravens on Sunday could go a long way to finding their offensive rhythm. The Browns desperately need a victory to keep pace with the Ravens, and their game plan should focus on these three areas.