Although the Cleveland Browns are 9-3, their playoff chances could rely on a win against the Baltimore Ravens.
Since 2002, the Cleveland Browns has been the biggest laughing stock of the NFL thanks to a graveyard of poor coaching hires and a catacomb filled with the souls of failed quarterbacks. Then again, 2020 is a wild a crazy year, right?
At 9-3 under Kevin Stefanski, the Browns have surged with new life in the AFC North, looking like things are going their way. With a chance to inch closer to the AFC playoff picture, Monday night could give them double-digit wins for the first time since 2007.
However, they’ll first have to get past the former Browns, a.k.a the Baltimore Ravens.
Baltimore’s 7-5 season has been defined in two waves. When the defense is playing strong, the team can ease up on Lamar Jackson. When it struggles, Jackson’s time under center isn’t a fun one. Throw in the injuries to the offensive line and it’s clear why the 2019 MVP has regressed in Year 3.
Last week against the Dallas Cowboys, Jackson bounced back after missing his Week 12 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Using his legs, he tacked on an early 37-yard touchdown run and added a pair of scores through the air in a 34-17 victory.
The Browns had yet to have a monumental win this season entering Week 13. They found it against the Tennessee Titans’ struggling defensive front. Baker Mayfield looked the part of franchise quarterback, throwing for a 294-yard first half and four scores. Sure, the score read 41-35, but it was all Cleveland until the fourth quarter.
The last time these two teams met, it ended in disaster for the Browns. Jackson threw three touchdowns while Mayfield and the offense committed three turnovers on the way to a 38-6 victory in favor of Baltimore.
Could fans see a repeat in the rematch Monday evening?
How to watch Ravens vs. Browns
Baltimore and Cleveland will kickoff at 8:15 p.m. ET at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN. To watch, make sure to check out this live stream on the NFL streams subreddit community.