Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens: 3 big storylines for Week 7

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The Cleveland Browns are nowhere near where they want to be, but over the next two weeks, they can be. It all starts with the divisional rival, the Ravens. 

Sitting at 2-4 on the young 2022 campaign, the Cleveland Browns are full of mysteries that have hindered the results they had anticipated. It gets no easier on Sunday when the team travels to Baltimore for an AFC North with Lamar Jackson and company.

The “easy” stretch of the season is over and now, the “hard” part begins, with a gauntlet of opposing quarterbacks. The defense hasn’t been able to figure it out yet this season while the offense has hit a speed bump. Either something will give in this game, or the wheels will continue to fall off.

The best part about all of this, if you are on to look into silver linings, is the fact that the Browns could very well be in first place in the division either after this weekend or next, so winning is the only thing that matters.

Here are three big storylines to watch when they take on the Ravens.

3 big storylines to watch when the Browns take on the Ravens

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No. 3: Can the Browns contain and limit Lamar Jackson?

As aforementioned, Cleveland’s defense has been abysmal. Not many things have gone right and on Sunday, Lamar Jackson could make things much worse.

While he started off the season on fire, throwing for 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions in his first three games, he has thrown for just three touchdowns and four interceptions. However, he’s still Lamar Jackson and can still make a plethora of plays with his arm and his legs.

In eight career games against the Browns, Jackson has thrown for 1,284 yards, 11 touchdowns, and six interceptions, while rushing for 511 and four scores. If the Browns defense cannot find ways to fluster him, it could spell for another long, finger-pointing afternoon.

Deion Jones, who was just recently acquired in a trade with the Falcons, should make his season and Cleveland debut, so hopefully, he is able to ignite this defense.

Jackson was limited at practice on Wednesday with a hip injury, while his favorite weapon in tight end Mark Andrews, missed practice with a knee injury. That could help but even if they’re not at 100 percent, these two can cause problems.