4 major X-Factors to watch from the Browns vs. Ravens matchup in Week 1

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The NFL season kicks off this week and two AFC North teams will face off to start the season. The Baltimore Ravens will host the Cleveland Browns with both teams looking to take the next step this year.

The Ravens were unstoppable behind MVP Lamar Jackson during the regular season but then hit a wall in the playoffs. The Browns had high hopes going into the season before finishing a disappointing 6-10 and seeing Baker Mayfield struggle.

Both franchises have their sights set on making the playoffs this year. Each quarterback is currently considered the franchise guy and there are plenty of offensive weapons to go around. Especially in a tough AFC North division that projects to be tight across the board, this game could have significant implications to break any ties later in the season.

Getting off to a strong start by winning a division rivalry can go a long way for a team. For the Browns, it would be especially valuable considering it would come against the reigning AFC North champion Ravens. As for Baltimore, simply avoiding failure is important.

Here are the four biggest X-Factors for the Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens matchup in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season.