Last week our prediction was incorrect as we predicted the Browns to defeat the Dolphins 24 to 10. Some of our narrative was accurate including that the Browns offense would start off slowly and be down after the first quarter. We predicted a close score at half time. We also predicted touchdown grabs for both Brian Hartline and Jordan Cameron. So while the score was not accurate our narratives had some good predictive qualities.
Following reviewing the match-up in the trenches and then the playmakers and their defenders its time for our official prediction. As noted in those match-up previews we expect a close game. In the match-ups the Ravens had advantages in 5 of the 9 categories.
Game Log Prediction
The Ravens and their fans will be in full throat at the beginning of the game. They will win the coin toss and defer. The Browns will take a deep pass attempt on their first play. The Browns then take advantage of a blitz to slip a screen off to Trent Richardson which leads to the Browns scoring the opening touchdown. Ray Rice struggles to get going in the running game until a outside run out of the shotgun gets him loose and bring TJ Ward down into the box. The Ravens tie the game early in the second quarter. Both teams spend the rest of the quarter going back and forth with deep throw attempts and multiple ways to get their running games going. The Ravens take a 10 – 7 going into the half.
Following the half the Ravens drive down for another touchdown to take what seems to be a insurmountable lead. The Browns start to chip away down the field with underneath passes to Jordan Cameron and Devone Bess and bring the score close and 17 -14 going into the 4th quarter. The Ravens get another field goal in the 4th giving them a 6 point lead late into the 4th giving the Browns a shot to pull out the win but the time runs out and without the tall Josh Gordon a Hail Mary fails.
Final: Ravens 20 – Browns 14