The AFC North is wide open and these are the two teams who seem best positioned to take the division in Sunday’s Browns vs. Ravens game.
It seemed like the Cleveland Browns would be the surprise team in the AFC North, but so far, it has been the Baltimore Ravens who have played better football. Excellent work from quarterback Lamar Jackson has put the Ravens at 2-1, and the team’s only loss came courtesy of a potentially league-best Chiefs team.
Jackson stumbled in the Kansas City game, completing only 51% of his passes. But, in that loss, the Ravens showed that they can stay competitive on offense even when their QB is off. The running game led by Mark Ingram picked up the slack, and kept the game close.
Baltimore’s defense also had an off game last week. Bad penalties, a weak pass rush, and poor secondary play really hurt the Ravens. However, no team has looked particularly good against Chiefs signal caller Patrick Mahomes.
The Browns played better than they have recently in Week 3, and it also wasn’t enough to get a win. Quarterback Baker Mayfield completed only half of his passes, but he also got much needed help from his running game. Nick Chubb had his biggest rushing game of the season so far.
Despite Mayfield’s spotty play, the defense kept the Browns in the game until the very end. In the first half, the Browns held the Rams to six points. All-Pro Todd Gurley was held to 43 yards rushing and QB Jared Goff was picked off twice.
To date, the Ravens have been the stronger squad, but it’s not hard to imagine the Browns stifling Baltimore’s running game, and making this Browns vs. Ravens showdown into a real contest.
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Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
- When: Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1pm ET
- Where: M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland
- Streaming: CBS, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Browns vs. Ravens on streaming platforms that carry CBS. However, consult a coverage map to see what game your regional channel will be playing.
If a game is not being carried in your area, the only option might be an NFL Sunday Ticket package.
Browns vs. Ravens live stream: How to watch NFL online
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Both Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) include NFL Network and a number of sports channels—like three ESPN channels and NBCSN—and it’s still a nice perk that Sling subscribers can order a la carte packages. Sling TV also offers a special Latino package for bilingual viewers. Sling TV is currently offering a deal where you can subscribe for 40% off the regular price for the first month of your subscription. That means Sling Blue would cost $15, and Sling Orange + Blue would cost $25. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)
For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.
Unfortunately, due to a contract dispute, as of Sept. 26 Sling no longer carries Fox, FS1, and FS2. But there is a workaround…
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “it’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels. While select NFL and college football games (on Fox, FS1, and FS2) are no longer on Sling, you can still catch Fox games with AirTV.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan showcases nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which allows you to stream NFL RedZone. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you’d like to watch live NFL games directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is your best bet. PlayStation also works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that it’s also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream the Browns vs. Ravens, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels—all but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which also unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s also unlimited cloud DVR.
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings with ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Cost: $73.99 per month for four months, or one single payment of $293.96
There are two—and only two—ways of acquiring NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV. There’s NFLSundayTicket.TV, which costs $73.99 per month for four months. It’s everything you love NFL Sunday Ticket but online-only. You can stream from pretty much any device that connects to the internet (but only on one device at a time).
You can also upgrade to the NFLST.TV Max bundle for a total of $99 per month for four months or one single payment of $395.99. You can also add on NFL Game Pass, which allows you to watch replays of every game after they air, for $50 for the full season.
There’s another way to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV: Amazon Prime. While you can’t pay for the package using Amazon Prime, you can at least watch all of the games on the service. To start, first download the NFL Sunday Ticket channel on Amazon Prime. It’s free. From there, you’ll just need to sign in with your subscription credentials to watch the Browns vs. Ravens.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Fantasy Football: Who should I start in Browns vs. Ravens?
Ravens – Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Wide Receiver: Brown was quiet last week, recording only two catches, but don’t let that dissuade you. Brown averaged over 100 yards in his first two games, and is central to the Baltimore passing attack. The Browns stout run defense could lead to heavy dependence on Brown.
Browns – Nick Chubb, Running Back: Last year’s breakout fantasy star had a relatively quiet first couple of weeks, but looked great in Week 3. With almost 100 yards on the ground last week, Chubb seems to be getting back to his 2018 form. Last week, the Chiefs top two rushers averaged almost 7 yards per carry against the Ravens.
Browns vs. Ravens: Why it matters
If the Ravens come away with a win, they are the clear favorite in the AFC North going forward. If the Browns can improve to 2-2, suddenly their shaky start will matter a lot less.
Baltimore has been the better team so far, but this talent rich Cleveland team feels like it could be a powerhouse if the offense could just click.
This game matters because it will set the tone in this division, and if either time has a couple bad losses down the road, this match-up could come back to haunt them.
Lamar Jackson had played better than Baker Mayfield so far this season, but a strong showing from this Cleveland defense could make the Ravens one-dimensional and open the door for a Browns upset.
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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