Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/12/13
Since when have your heard the sentence or phrase, “A must win game against the Browns” when it comes to the Baltimore Ravens.Unfortunately, that may really be the case this weekend.Already two weeks into the NFL season and the Ravens cannot afford to be 0-2 for the year, especially with the Broncos looking like the cream of the AFC crops and teams like Houston, Indianapolis and Cincinnati looking better and better each day. Even the Kansas City Chiefs look like a rejuvenated team these days.The Browns could not show they belonged in the upper echelon of the NFL last week, falling to the Dolphins on the road. Now, they must face a Ravens team that was overmatched last week.All of this points to a huge win for Baltimore at home and the night on which the team and the city celebrates their Super Bowl win.If I were the Browns, I would call in sick.Here are some bold predictions for this contest…Slowing down the scoringWhere to begin? John Harbaugh's team allowed the most points in any game in the team's 18-year history. With longtime defensive mainstays Ray Lewis and Ed Reed gone, Baltimore could not stop Peyton Manning from tying an NFL record with seven touchdown passes and the Broncos from totaling 510 yards of offense.The Ravens must come out and establish tempo early. Look for the Ravens to try and shut this team out.Calling Ray RiceThe rushing game was nonexistent. The offensive game plan was shoddy and the work up front was a little dismal. Other than that, things went well. (Sarcasm). "What we need to do is take care of our business,” Harbaugh said in the ESPN.com piece. If we take care of our business, we're going to be in the hunt and make it interesting, and if we don't, we're not."This is also applied to Ray Rice and his ability to run to daylight. He only ran for 36 yards last week (and a touchdown).The Browns need to stop Rice early and make Flacco throw more on second and third down.Staying uprightBrandon Weeeden was sacked six times last week and now faces a decent front seven for the Ravens.Look for outside help from the tight end, but for the most part the Browns must keep Weeden clean during the game.Weeden must also cut down on the three interceptions he threw in the first half last week.Look for tight end Jordan Cameron, who made nine catches for 108 yards and a touchdown last week, to again be a huge target in the Browns passing game. 
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Eddie Lacy defends Mike McCarthy for weight loss comments

Red Sox nearly had serious catcher emergency in loss to Tigers

Ohio State DL Dylan Thompson ineligible for season

Roger Federer will miss Olympics, U.S. Open with knee injury

Seahawks extend Pete Carroll through 2019


LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye releases first statement following car crash

Report: Brock Osweiler could have made more money staying with Broncos

Andrew Luck: Feels `as good as I've ever felt` for training camp

Amar'e Stoudemire announces retirement after signing one-day contract with Knicks

Report: Gregory failed multiple drug tests since suspension

Olympian Abby Johnston: Worst thing about Olympic village is no Pokemon

Matt Leinart engaged to actress Josie Loren

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

Report: Paul Pierce to return to Clippers

Jimbo Fisher: You come to FSU to win national championships

Andre Johnson worked out for Tennessee Titans

Shattenkirk for Krejci trade rumor still floating around

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman denies link to C.T.E.

Michael Vick: Cam Newton can’t beat me in 40-yard dash

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

Odell Beckham Jr. says Giants will play in Super Bowl LI

Iowa researchers say they can optimize Monday Night Football ratings with scheduling

Terrelle Pryor can visit Ohio State as five-year ban comes to a close

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker