Three things that need to go right for Ravens vs. Browns

  • Ravens running back Ray Rice rushed for a season-high 153 yards against the Saints.
Ravens running back Ray Rice rushed for a season-high 153 yards… (Doug Kapustin / MCT photo )
December 23, 2010|By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun

1. Running game dominates again. Ray Rice gained a season-high 153 yards last Sunday. There should be plenty of carries for Rice once again after the Browns gave up 192 yards on the ground to Buffalo and 188 yards rushing to the Bengals in the past two games.

2. Blitzes disrupt Colt McCoy. The Ravens returned to their old defensive ways, blitzing the Saints on more than half their pass plays. The Browns have had trouble protecting their rookie quarterback, who has been sacked 10 times in his past two starts.

3. Ravens finish strong. They have failed to hold a fourth-quarter lead in nine games this season, so close games have become expected. The Browns have been outscored 102-60 in the fourth quarter.

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