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Predictions for Thursday's Ravens-Browns game

Mark Selig (6-2 picking Ravens games)

Ravens 27, Browns 20
Selfishly, I'd love it if the Ravens built an early lead, chewed up clock with their running game and allowed us to put together a comprehensive Sports section before our delivery trucks start their engines. But these are the Ravens, meaning the fourth quarter will be suspenseful and your friendly newspaper writers and editors will be sweating nearly as much as the players.

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Edward Lee (5-3)

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Ravens 20, Browns 10
I can appreciate Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey's vow that his team will not go 0-16 this season, but I can't join him in that sentiment this week. The Browns managed just 10 points at home against a Dallas Cowboys defense that had surrendered 23 the week before to the Philadelphia Eagles. And the Ravens should have just enough juice on offense to send the fans home with happy smiles.

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Childs Walker (5-3)

Ravens 27, Browns 17
The Ravens won't demolish the Browns, Cowboys-style. But it's hard to pick a winless team with a rookie quarterback to go on the road and beat one of the best defenses in the league.

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Jeff Zrebiec (4-4)
Ravens 26, Browns 20
The Ravens haven't won a game by more than a touchdown since the 2014 playoffs. Even victories over the Browns haven't come easy and this one probably won't either. If the Ravens offense can't move the ball and put up points against a bad Cleveland defense, all hope might be lost.

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Jen Badie (3-5)

Ravens 27, Browns 13
The Ravens are 5-1 under John Harbaugh playing on Thursdays after a short week, and they hold a 15-2 record against the Browns since 2008. The Browns are allowing an NFL second-worst 421.7 yards per game. This would be a good opportunity for the Ravens' offense to get into gear.

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Mike Preston (3-5)

Ravens 28, Cleveland 10
The Browns are on the road working on a short week. They also have lost 19 of their last 20 games and are winless in nine games this season. The Ravens have struggled this season, especially on offense, but they don't want to get embarrassed by a poor performance against the Browns on national TV. The Browns have perhaps the worst defense in the NFL, one that even the Ravens should be able to score some points on. Look for receivers Steve Smith and Mike Wallace to have big games.

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Peter Schmuck (3-5)

Ravens 23, Browns 16
This game should be a walkover but it never is against the Browns. They always find a way to keep it close against the Ravens, and the Ravens have a way of keeping everyone close this season. But this is a game the Ravens absolutely have to win, and they will.

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