The Baltimore Ravens hope to avoid a letdown, as they travel to Cleveland to play a team who are hoping to find their first win of the season. The Browns are 0-13 and are on the verge of going without a win. They could be the first team to go without a win since the Detroit Lions in 2008. The Lions were the first team since the 1976 Buccaneers to go 0-16.
The Browns at 0-13, are on the doorstep of 0-16. By looking at their schedule the rest of the way, this week or next is going to be their best opportunity to get a win. They finish up on the road in Chicago and Pittsburgh. It’s not going to be easy to go on the road to play the Bears after a physical contest against the Ravens, and then they must take on the Steelers in the finale where they will be big underdogs.
So, it’s reasonable to say that the Browns aren’t going to win a game this season. The odds will say they won’t because they’re going to be underdogs the rest of the season. What they’ll need to have something is someone to take them lightly, maybe a team coming off a big game? The Ravens would fit that billing. They just barely lost to the Steelers, 39-38, after getting behind early. However, the Ravens are fighting for a playoff berth, this is going to be an important game for them.
At 7-6, the Ravens are right in the thick of the wildcard battle. It’s the Browns, but they are playing for something here. They cannot take them lightly in this spot. As it stands now, the Ravens are one of the last teams on the outside looking in. Every game is monumental from this point. They did what they had to do against their rival, an impressive win on the road at Heinz Field. This is certainly why you’re going to hear people say that this could be a letdown spot for the Ravens. Head below for our thoughts and Ravens vs. Browns pick.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns Betting Odds:
vs. Browns +7(-110)
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Ravens vs. Browns Pick:
The hardest thing to crack in this game is going to be the defense. They’re going up against one of the best defenses in the NFL with their anemic offense. They’ve bounced between different quarterbacks and the results have been pretty well the same. At this point, their best option is to stick with DeShone Kizer and see if he will be holding a clipboard in the future, or a long-term option. Next year will certainly tell us a lot about him.
From a fantasy perspective, the Ravens’ defense is 2nd in the NFL at allowing quarterback points. We can apply that to sports betting by coming to the conclusion that they’ve been making it hard on opposing quarterbacks. Kizer owns the worst quarterback rating in the league out of all eligible QB’s, which includes 34. Despite allowing 39 points to the Steelers, the Ravens have allowed just 18.9 points per game this season. Prior to the Steelers, they surrendered 13.8 points per game in their previous six games.
Jimmy Smith was not available because of a suspension and injury, so they were trying to hold down Antonio Brown as best as they could. Other than that deep ball late to set up a game winning field goal, the Ravens did a decent job containing him. The Browns do not have anything near the talent of Antonio on their team, needless to say.
Cleveland is also heading into Sunday banged up, especially in the secondary. They could be down three cornerbacks in this matchup. On offense, they’re averaging just 15.2 points per game, 32nd in the NFL. It isn’t all quarterback issues, there is room to improve elsewhere, too. The Browns are coming off a near win against the Packers, a demoralizing loss in overtime, 27-21. When you’re that close to finally getting a win, a loss like that could sting a bit. I’d typically say this is a letdown spot, but the Ravens cannot afford to play like they’re hungover this week. They beat the Browns 24-10 in their first meeting, and I expect it to be a similar score on Sunday. Kizer should struggle, and the offense does enough for the Ravens to get a win and cover.
PICK: RAVENS -7 (-110)