The Cleveland Browns' unlikely win over the New Orleans Saints last week has given their fans hope that the team can do it again this week against the Baltimore Ravens.
It won't be easy. In addition to their usual fearsome defense, the Ravens' offense is much improved. Joe Flacco has several veteran targets in wide receivers Torrey Smith and Steve Smith Sr. and tight ends Owen Daniels and Dennis Pitta.
Even the loss of Ray Rice hasn't slowed the Ravens down, as Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett have carried the load in his absence.
This could be a sloppy game, as the forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of thundershowers. Either way, it should be a ground battle, as both teams want to establish the run.
The Ravens will test the Browns' new "Play Like A Brown" attitude of toughness, and in front of their fans at FirstEnergy Stadium, the Browns will pass the test.
Prediction: Browns 17, Ravens 14.
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