Ravens coach John Harbaugh made a smart move this week by cutting safety Michael Huff and defensive end Marcus Spears.
You're never happy when someone losses their job, but Harbaugh set the tone going into a very big week. He gave out a warning after the Ravens lost to the Steelers that the team was willing to make changes or do whatever necessary to win. That in itself kept the players on edge over the bye week, and those announced cuts on Wednesday sent a message and created a sense of urgency.
With two weeks to prepare, I expect the Ravens to win Sunday. I expect them to show some new wrinkles, some new things to catch the Browns off guard. I believe their offense will continue to get better after modest improvements against Pittsburgh.
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It's going to be a tough game, because Cleveland is much better than it was a year ago and the Browns play good defense. But they don't have a lot of firepower on offense, and the running game is limited.
Plus, Browns cornerback Joe Haden calling out the Ravens this week probably works in the Ravens' favor. He is right, they aren't the Ravens of old, but that is something you keep to yourself. You don't call out the defending champs.