The Baltimore Ravens will be without two of their top wide receivers when they take the field in Cleveland on Sunday. The team has officially ruled out Odell Beckham Jr. and Rashod Bateman for Sunday’s Week 4 contest, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
This announcement comes after Beckham Jr. and Bateman were two of six notable players who did not practice Friday. Of those six players, Beckham Jr. and Bateman were two of three offensive players who did not participate and the only skill position players.
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Their absence will result in more pressure being placed on the rest of the receivers on the roster. Zay Flowers, Nelson Agholor, and Devin Duvernay will need to produce in their place. Additionally, the usually large workload of Mark Andrews could see an increase.
The Ravens were already going to have a hard time on offense against a stout Browns defense at full strength. Being down two weapons in the passing game will make moving the ball through the air much more difficult. This could lead to Baltimore leaning on their rushing attack Sunday. Although that may not be the wisest decision, considering Cleveland’s rush defense is among the best.
Baltimore’s path to victory is tough, but it is not impossible. They will just need to play an almost perfect game to come out on top in Cleveland.