The Ravens have not lost to Cleveland since John Harbaugh became head coach, and most -- but not all -- national media expect that streak to reach 10 straight wins on Sunday in Cleveland. But everyone seems to agree that the improving Browns will give the Ravens, who have yet to look good on the road this season, all they can handle .
Here is how some of the national media see the game:
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: Ravens 20, Browns 14
"Cleveland’s old team returns to town, nearly 17 years to the day after Cleveland’s old team declared its intention to leave. The Browns will make it interesting, but the Ravens know they need to step it up now in order to hold off the Steelers, who are making their move and who face the Ravens twice in three weeks, starting later this month."
Elliott Harrison, NFL.com: Ravens 22, Browns 13
"Joe Flacco has not played well on the road. Expect Cam Cameron and John Harbaugh to not put the game on his shoulders, and instead place it on No. 27. Ray Rice has run his arse off in Cleveland, as evidenced by his career average of 134.8 rushing yards per game there. In fact, the Baltimore Ravens have never lost there in Rice's career. On the other sideline, the Cleveland Browns' offense must accomplish more than it did in a one-point win over the Bolts. For the season, Cleveland is the worst team at converting third downs in the red zone and is 31st in yards per play inside the 20. Kicker Phil Dawson is a Hall of Very Gooder, but he can't carry this outfit."
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: Ravens 26, Browns 17
"The Ravens need to be careful with their injury-riddled defense after a bye, as the young Browns are confident after winning two of three. Though Cleveland will try to make this game about Trent Richardson, Baltimore needs to unleash Ray Rice ‑- who rushed for 204 yards at the Dawg Pound last season --to take care of business."
Peter King, SI.com: Ravens 23, Browns 20
"Why is this closer than you think? Because I don't know which Joe Flacco is going to show up. And because of Brandon Weeden and Josh Gordon ... and the Baltimore secondary. The rookie Gordon's average catch is impressive -- 22.3 yards."
Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com: Browns 21, Ravens 20
"This is a be-careful game for the Ravens. They are coming off a bye, so they should be rested. But that defense has really struggled. The Browns are getting better and they have improved on defense. I look for the Browns to pull off the upset against a Ravens team that is struggling."
Mark Schlereth, ESPN: Ravens (no score given)
"I really look for (the Ravens) offensively to get the flow going again. Ray Rice is pivotal. You can't take him out of the game plan... They really have to incorporate him and do a better job of using Ray Rice. I love what I saw of Suggs when he came back."
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: Ravens 23, Browns 21
" I’m tempted to pick the upset here, as the Ravens have struggled to put teams away while the Browns have played competitive football even in defeat. But while the Browns will keep this one close, the Ravens will manage to hold them off.."