Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns: 3 Bold Predictions

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Nov 24, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) runs with the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Ravens defeated the Saints 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Forsett and the ground game will have a bounce-back game, sort of

If there is one thing the Baltimore Ravens hate more than anything, it’s doubters. So with fans and analysts harping on Justin Forsett for looking worn down, the offensive line for looking like a shell of its early season self and the ground game as a whole for being pathetic, the Ravens should break out a better performance against the Browns.

That the Browns are last in the league in run defense helps, but it’s not the only motivating factor here. The Ravens pride is really the main factor behind this prediction.

And with all that said, don’t expect a dominant performance on the ground. First of all, James Hurst is stuck starting at tackle with Rick Wagner out for the year, which really hurts the run blocking. Second, Forsett really is worn down. He has not been exploding through the hole, and he his ability to break tackles has diminished to near zero. Bernard Pierce and Fitzgerald Toussaint don’t offer much hope either.

The Ravens pride should overcome the limitations the ground game has but not to the point of dominance. Forsett has good enough vision to pick up a few yards a carry, and if the Ravens catch the Browns out of position, they could easily rip off a big gain. Just don’t expect it to look pretty. There might still be some third-and-longs and some stuffs at the line of scrimmage.