Everything You Need to Know: Ravens vs. Browns

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Basics

Kickoff: 1 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium

TV: WJZ Channel 13 (Baltimore), CBS crew (Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Melanie Collins)

Radio: WBAL (1090AM/101.5FM) & 98Rock (97.9 FM). Ravens crew (Gerry Sandusky, Jarret Johnson).

Jersey color: Purple

Stakes

A victory would put the Ravens in early control of the AFC North, giving them a two-game lead in the division. With Pittsburgh and Cincinnati still winless, it’s an early chance for Baltimore to get a tight grip on the division. A Cleveland win would move both teams to .500, essentially put the Browns in first place with a tiebreaker, and give Baltimore its first home loss.

History

Baltimore holds a 30-10 lead in the all-time series, with victories in six of the last seven games. The most recent meeting was last year’s regular-season finale, when the Ravens clinched the AFC North at home with a 26-24 victory. Lamar Jackson ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns and completed 14 of 24 passes for 179 yards, while Justin Tucker made four fields goals. Departed linebacker C.J. Mosley sealed the win with a fourth-down interception.

Key Storylines

Can the Ravens control Browns receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry?

In Week 17 against the Ravens last year, Landry averaged 20.4 yards per catch (five catches, 102 yards). Beckham is one of the NFL’s premier playmakers and burned Baltimore for three touchdowns in one half when he played for the New York Giants. Defending this duo, the Ravens most avoid breakdowns in coverage that have hurt them already this season.

Which young quarterback will make the biggest plays?

Their styles are different, but Jackson and Baker Mayfield are both capable of adlibbing to make huge plays. Jackson can hurt the Browns with both his arm and his legs. Mayfield loves to extend plays by rolling outside the pocket and he throws accurately on the run. Against the Ravens last season, Mayfield was intercepted three times, but he also threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns. Both of these quarterbacks keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

Will Cleveland’s injury-riddled secondary hold up?

Three members of the Browns’ starting secondary missed practice time this week – cornerbacks Denzel Ward (hamstring) and Greedy Williams (hamstring) and safety Morgan Burnett (quad). Cleveland’s pass defense will be tested by the Ravens, who entered Week 4 leading the NFL in offense averaging 511.7 yards per game.

Key Matchups

Ravens LT Ronnie Stanley vs. Browns DE Myles Garrett

Garrett has six sacks already, and few pass rushers possess his combination of strength and quickness. Neutralizing Garrett would be another statement by Stanley that he should be a Pro Bowl left tackle.

Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey vs. Beckham

Beckham is a big play waiting to happen, while Humphrey is one of the league’s best young corners. Humphrey, limited in practice this week with a hip injury, could see a big dose of Beckham if he suits up Sunday.

Ravens RB Mark Ingram vs. Browns defense

Coming off a 103-yard, three-touchdown performance against Kansas City, Ingram leads all running backs with five touchdowns and is averaging six yards per carry. The Browns’ run defense is ranked 14th in the NFL and will have to perform better than that to shut down Ingram.

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