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After losing four of their last five games, the Ravens get just what they need -- a weak, vulnerable opponent whose season has already imploded. There is no pretending for the Browns; they are arguably the worst team in the NFL. At the very least, they're the worst organization in the league, and that's saying something with the Raiders still bungling things.

All systems should be go for the Ravens. And all their problems should go away on Monday night.

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They should have no trouble scoring early against the Browns' lame defense. They should have no problem giving Joe Flacco time to throw, or Ray Rice room to run. They should even have plenty of opportunity to get Willis McGahee and Demetrius Williams some much-needed work. They may even be able to give Troy Smith a couple series at quarterback.

The defense should be able to recoup some of the swagger it lost in October, as well. The last time the Ravens played the Browns, Brady Quinn was the starting quarterback and didn't throw a pass over 10 yards until deep into the second quarter. The Browns were so intent on keeping the pass rush off Quinn, they played right into Baltimore's hands. The Ravens cornerbacks were more than capable of covering Cleveland receivers at short distances. It's the longer go- and crossing-routes where the Ravens often get in trouble.

It should be clear by now that the Ravens are scrambling after a wild-card playoff berth. With Cincinnati's victory in Pittsburgh on Sunday, it should also be clear they'll have to knock out the Steelers to do it. And they get the Steelers twice in the second half of the season.

This is a key stretch for the Ravens. After Cleveland, they get the Colts and Steelers at home. They cannot lose both of those games. Whatever they accomplish in Cleveland needs to be carried over into those games. Remarkably, the season still seems to be in the Ravens' hands, however rough the trip may look.

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