4. Does Baker have enough magic to beat the Ravens?
Some have argued that the Cleveland Browns could be 4-0, but there’s a reason they’re 1-2-1. It’s a young team that doesn’t know how to win yet, and the head coach continually puts them into situations to blow leads and lose games they shouldn’t.
There’s also no question that the Browns are a talented, improved team that can win most weeks. The insertion of Baker Mayfield has boosted the offense as they’ve spread the field with more receivers, and now it’s time for his receivers to step up and stop dropping the ball.
Their matchup with Baltimore is an important one. It’s a home game against a surprisingly effective Ravens team, featuring a reenergized Joe Flacco-led passing game. Another loss and the season is all but over as far as the playoff-push, and the Hue Jackson days should be nearly over.
But if Baker can continue to spark the team and overcome the culture of losing? A 2-2-1 record would give them a fighting chance at a Wild Card bid despite a tough regular season schedule.
It’s tough for me to go against the more veteran team with the proven coaching staff, though I’d argue the Browns have as much talent as Baltimore.
Prediction: Ravens 24-21