All the Baltimore Ravens need to do tomorrow is beat the hapless Cleveland Browns at home, and they will advance to the NFL playoffs for the first time in four years. The Browns were 0-16 last year, so how hard can that be?
This is a better Browns team than last year, but shouldn’t the Ravens be able to take care of business? After their victory on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers, the Ravens are 9-6 and on the verge of winning the AFC North.
One year ago, the Ravens were in a similar spot. All they needed was a win over the Cincinnati Bengals to make the playoffs. Then Andy Dalton fired a pass in to Tyler Boyd for 49 yards with just 44 seconds left in the game to eliminate the Ravens.
Is it Deja Vu all over again? Quote the Raven (players) nevermore. But history is a funny thing in sports and in life. It may not repeat itself but it often rhymes. If you think the Ravens won’t be thinking about last year tomorrow, you’re wrong.
Lamar Jackson has electrified fans in Baltimore since taking the helm as one of the most exciting and interesting quarterbacks in the NFL. But then here comes Baker Mayfield, who has done the same thing for the resurgent Browns.
Who will prevail in this battle of rookie quarterbacks? I don’t know, but I think the pressure is on the Ravens, who have everything to play for, instead of the Browns, who have nothing but a shot at a winning season.