Baltimore Ravens: 5 Keys to Victory vs. Cleveland Browns

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Joe Flacco Needs to Make Better Decisions

Oct 26, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) reacts as he walks off the field after the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

You can say that every quarterback enters a game wanting to eliminate turnovers, but Flacco has gave the ball up at an alarming rate. He has thrown an interception in every game so far this season, and has five on the season. He also has fumbled the ball three times, but has been fortunate to lose just one. The six turnovers are half as many as he had all last season, and he is on pace for 20 interceptions for just the second time in his career.

The Browns have forced just five takeaways so far this season. Only one of those has been through the air, and three fumbles came against Mariota and the Titans. The Cleveland defense has done very little to scare offenses and Flacco cannot try to force anything that can keep the Browns in the game. The Ravens offense is weakened at the moment, but this is a game they should be able to win.

Like any game, that starts with the turnover battle. Flacco was vocal this week in saying that he knows he must do a better job of protecting the football. He has the read those defenses better and make better decisions. In reality, Trestman’s best bet in limiting the number of turnovers is turning around and handing the ball off.

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