The Baltimore Ravens will look to keep their playoff hopes alive despite missing star quarterback Lamar Jackson when they go on the road to take on the Cleveland Browns.
Baltimore has won four of their last five games but has struggled offensively scoring just 16 points last week and 10 points the week before but holding on to a win in both games and improving to 9-4 on the year.
Cleveland has lost three of their last five games and now has Deshaun Watson back from injury, but it will likely be too late for them to make a playoff run after a sluggish start. The Browns lost to the Bengals 24-10 last week, struggling to get the run game going and dropping to 5-7 on the year.
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Ravens vs Browns Odds
The Browns opened as a 2.5-point favorite at home against the Ravens who will be missing Jackson. The addition of Watson back to the Browns has not brought much success, especially against good teams, but the oddsmakers are looking for it to change in a big divisional matchup at home.
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Ravens vs Browns Implied Totals
Browns 20, Ravens 17.5
The oddsmakers expect both offenses to continue to struggle and battle in a low-scoring divisional contest. The Ravens in large part due to the injury to Jackson, and the Browns because they’ve yet to prove that Watson can lead this offense with any real success since coming back from his 11-game suspension.
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Ravens vs Browns Prediction
Ravens 20, Browns 17
Baltimore could be missing both Jackson and backup Tyler Huntley in this one, which would change my pick, but if Huntley clears protocol and plays, the Ravens will be able to go on the road and get the win.
Huntley has proven to be a worthy backup quarterback completing 67.5% of his career passes in 12 appearances. Huntley has thrown five interceptions to just three touchdowns, but he’s also a threat with his legs, adding 389 rushing yards and three scores on the ground.
It’s been the Ravens’ defense shouldering the load as of late, allowing over 20 points in just one of their last five games, and they’ll need another solid defensive effort against the Browns to keep hold pace atop the AFC North.
Cleveland remains a couple of games out of the AFC Wildcard and will need to string together some wins sooner rather than later to have a chance.
Watson has had some struggles this season completing just 59.4% of his passes for 407 yards and a touchdown in his two starts. Watson has thrown two interceptions in those two games, and the Browns’ offense has managed just 16 points in his first two games back from suspension.
They’ll continue to lean on the running game with the duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt who make up one of the best duos in the NFL this season.
Chubb has proven to be one of the best backs in the league and is third in rushing yards (1,153) and second in rushing touchdowns (12) this season. Hunt has played a smaller role this season but has 423 rushing yards and is the more refined pass catcher with 27 catches for 1,779 yards.
Ravens vs Browns Bet Tips
Here are a few Ravens vs Browns betting trends to consider before making your bets:
- Baltimore has won and covered the spread in five of its last six games against the Browns.
- The total has gone Under in eight of Baltimore’s last 10 games.
- The Ravens are 3-5 without Jackson since 2019.
- The total has gone Under in eight of the last 12 Ravens-Browns matchups.
Ravens vs Browns Best Bets
Ravens +3 (-120) at FanDuel Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
Assuming Huntley clears concussion protocol and is able to go, the Ravens head on the road and give the Browns a game everything they can handle.
Even with Watson at the helm, the Browns’ offense has struggled and after losing five of their last six against the Ravens, the woes against the divisional opponent continue.
The Ravens could very well win this game and will have a chance late, but I’ll take the three-point cushion just to be safe. If this line drops to 2.5 points (which it has at many sportsbooks), I would lean toward taking the moneyline at around (+115) instead.
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Under 37.5 Total Points (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
Both defenses have been the better of the two units for these teams, and in a divisional battle, it’s a low-scoring game until the end.
Even if Huntley is able to give it a go, this Ravens offense will struggle against the Browns’ defense and will play a more conservative game.
The Browns have relied on the defense and special teams to score, and despite getting Watson back from injury, have continued to struggle to put points on the board. They’ll continue to lean on Chubb and the run game, which will keep the clock running and this total Under.
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