3 reasons the Browns can beat the Ravens in Week 7

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2. Browns defense can focus on the rushing attack

It looks bad on paper.

The Browns have been giving up rushing yards at an alarming rate while the Ravens have been one of the most productive run-based offenses in the NFL since Lamar Jackson took over. This rushing attack is far superior to the one that pushed this defense around in Atlanta and especially more dangerous than the Chargers’ ground game that gashed Cleveland in their own stadium.

With this being said, the natural tendency here will be to assume that Cleveland gets run over once again. But that might not be the case.

As good as the Ravens are on the ground, they still don’t really threaten teams through the air, especially after trading Marquise Brown to Arizona this offseason. Without Brown, their offense is 24th in the NFL in passing yardage, with 1,234 yards through the first six games.

This doesn’t mean they should be taken lightly, especially since they’re fourth in the NFL in touchdown passes, but the Browns will be able to focus more on the run while daring the opponent to throw the ball. Being able to focus on the ground game might be a welcome change for this defense, and if you lose to Jackson’s arm, so be it. What you don’t want to do is get run out of the stadium when he gets rolling with his legs.