This is how The Baltimore Sun sports staff view the result of Sunday night’s week 12 match between the Ravens (7-3) and the Cleveland Browns (6-5) at M&T Bank Stadium:
Jonas Shaffer, reporter
Browns 21, Ravens 20: Welcome back to AFC North, where predictions are not even worth the paper they are printed on. On offense, the Ravens will have to establish their running game otherwise risk getting Lamar Jackson overrun by pass rushers. In defense, the Ravens do not have to worry much about Baker Mayfield or Jarvis Landry, but can their top seven stand up to one of the NFL’s best offensive lines? At some point, the Ravens’ success with nail-biters will begin to level off. Sunday’s match may be one of those matches.
Mike Preston, columnist
Ravens 21, Browns 17: Cleveland will give the Ravens trouble because the Browns have physical inside linemen lines on both sides of the ball. The Browns will be able to put a lot of pressure on quarterback Lamar Jackson, but Jackson, provided he plays, will be the difference in the game. He is superior to Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield, and his intangibles will allow him to play several big games.
Childs Walker, reporter
Ravens 27, Browns 23: This is one of the most difficult matchups of the year to analyze. The Browns could present serious problems with their league-best running games and elite defenders, but they have only played up to their potential a few times this season. They never know what they’ll get from battered quarterback Baker Mayfield. If the Ravens have a relatively healthy Lamar Jackson, they pull a win late.
Ryan McFadden, reporter
Ravens 24, Browns 20: There is no telling who type of quarterback Baker Mayfield will be Sunday night. Cleveland, however, has a raging elite attack and the defensive end, Myles Garrett, will give the Ravens offensive problems. Quarterback Lamar Jackson has said several times that he does not like playing down-to-the-wire games. Unfortunately for him, this game has the prerequisites for a close finish and the Ravens will need their star quarterback to help them win.
CJ Doon, editor
Ravens 27, Browns 24: With health concerns surrounding both starting quarterbacks, this is hard to predict. But if Lamar Jackson is back in full force, he will be happy to see the Browns on schedule. Jackson is 4-1 as a starting quarterback against Cleveland, with 10 touchdown passes and four rushing touchdowns in those games. I’m more sure Jackson’s coming back from his illness than Baker Mayfield playing through knee, heel and shoulder injuries, no matter how hard they say the Browns starter is. The Ravens will have a hard time blocking Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney, but a healthy Jackson will be the difference Sunday night.
Tim Schwartz, editor
Ravens 24, Browns 17: All eyes will be on Lamar Jackson to see how he recovers from his illness, but if the story is any indication, he’s fine. In his first game back after testing positive for COVID-19 last November, the Jackson Ravens led to a 34-17 victory over the Cowboys and completed 12 of 17 passes to 107 yards and two touchdowns while running in 94 yards and a score of 13 carries. Jackson said Wednesday that he feels like himself again – for real this time – so the Ravens will be close to fully healthy for the first time this season and ready to run the ball on what was supposed to be an almost freezing night in Baltimore . The Browns defense has kept them afloat and Myles Garrett will continue to make his case for Defender of the Year, but a beaten Baker Mayfield is unable to surpass Jackson.