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Ravens vs. Browns staff picks: Who will win Sunday’s Week 14 game in Cleveland?

Here’s how The Baltimore Sun sports staff views the outcome of Sunday afternoon’s Week 13 game between the Ravens (8-4) and Cleveland Browns (6-6) at FirstEnergy Stadium:

Jonas Shaffer, reporter

Browns 20, Ravens 17: Not a lot separated these teams two weeks ago, but Cleveland’s time off could be the difference here. The Browns’ running attack, held in check in Baltimore, should get help from a healthier Kareem Hunt and well-rested offensive line. On the other side of the ball, there’s no easy fix for a secondary as depleted as the Ravens’, but Cleveland’s uncertainty at tight end could mitigate those troubles. If Sunday’s game comes down to how Lamar Jackson can handle pressure in the pocket, the advantage goes to the Browns. Tyre Phillips will need to be more consistent against Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney.

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Mike Preston, columnist

Ravens 24, Browns 21: The Browns have a major advantage coming off a bye week. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has struggled recently, but he will make enough plays to beat Cleveland. The Browns will have more success running the ball against Baltimore compared with two weeks ago, but not enough to control the tempo of the game. The bottom line is that Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield struggles in big games, and he’ll come up short again.

Childs Walker, reporter

Ravens 23, Browns 20: The Ravens shut down Cleveland’s running game and protected Lamar Jackson in their Week 12 victory over the Browns. If they do those things again, they will have a good chance. But their task will be harder without Marlon Humphrey and with their offensive line down a starting tackle. Both teams are struggling on offense and both need a win. Give a slight nod to the Ravens based on their greater track record of resourcefulness.

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Ryan McFadden, reporter

Ravens 17, Browns 10: It’s a divisional game and both teams need a win, so expect to see another close contest. In the last matchup, the Ravens did a great job slowing down the Browns’ running game, which has been their bread and butter all season. If the Ravens can do the same Sunday, they should be in good shape. The Ravens need Lamar Jackson to make timely plays down the stretch. But that will come down to Jackson’s decision making and protection from the offensive line.

C.J. Doon, editor

Browns 21, Ravens 17: The Ravens were lucky to get a win over the Browns two weeks ago when Lamar Jackson threw four interceptions. Coming off a bye, Cleveland is in prime position to seal the deal this time and get back in the AFC North race. An injured Baker Mayfield might not be good enough to take advantage of cornerback Marlon Humphrey’s absence, but the Browns’ running game should be more effective than it was in Week 12. We’ve seen what pressure can do to Jackson and the Ravens’ offense of late. The Browns should provide plenty of it with right tackle Patrick Mekari sidelined.

Tim Schwartz, editor

Browns 21, Ravens 17: There Ravens were a fingertip away from being 9-3 and leading the AFC, but more important than the loss on the scoreboard was the loss of cornerback Marlon Humphrey for the season to a torn pectoral. He wasn’t having an All-Pro season but the domino effect of losing him seems enormous for the defense, which is surely even more prone to the big play. Baker Mayfield isn’t the quarterback to take advantage but running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, fresh off a bye week and facing the same defense they did two weeks ago, are going to be feeling fresh and ready to go after being bottled up last meeting. Lamar Jackson has not been good as of late and starting right tackle Patrick Mekari is sidelined. That combination sounds like trouble on the road facing defensive ends Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney.


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