The Baltimore Ravens were the most dominant team in the regular season last year, and they will look to start the season with that same dominance against the Cleveland Browns. The odds are predicting they do just that, as they are big home favorites in Week 1.
While the result isn't expected to be shocking, there could be other surprises in this game. With that in mind, here are three bold predictions for the Ravens against the Browns.
3. The Ravens Total Over 250 Rushing Yards
The Browns gave up 5.0 yards per rush last season, which was the third-worst in the NFL. Obviously, the Ravens want to run, and they want to run a lot. If they have success early on, they could go especially run heavy, controlling the clock and keeping the talented Cleveland offense off the field. Baltimore ran for 243 yards in their most recent game against the Browns, so look for them to step it up from that.
2. Four Ravens Will Run For Over 50 Yards
A big reason why they can run for over 250 yards is because of all the talent in the backfield. It is truly a committee, but everyone in the committee could enjoy a solid day, with four players running for over 50 yards. Aside from the obvious of Lamar Jackson and starting running back Mark Ingram, the powerful running Gus Edwards and the flashy rookie J.K. Dobbins could also get in on the fun, especially if this is a blowout and Ingram sits in the fourth quarter.
1. The Browns Will Run For Under 100 Yards
Under new head coach Kevin Stefanski, the Browns will look to set their offense up with the running game this season. The Ravens also struggled against the run last year, giving up 4.5 yards per rush last season (T-No. 22 in NFL). They addressed this by trading for Calais Campbell and drafting Patrick Queen, however, and they could completely shut down the talented rushing attack of Cleveland. Stefanski may also be forced to take a more pass-heavy approach than he wants to if the Browns get down early as well.
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