Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns Predictions, Picks & Betting Tips
The Cleveland Browns are still winless. At this point, lots of people think they’re completely hopeless. Will Cleveland continue its sad losing streak? Or will they step up and beat the Baltimore Ravens? —the franchise that stole their stadium and city in 1995.
Cody Kessler will get the start in week 10, and lead the Browns into action on the road vs the Baltimore Ravens. The Brown’s had a pretty dismal showing last week at home vs the Dallas Cowboys, losing 35-10. Kessler had 203 yards passing. Their defense allowed Dallas’ QB Dak Prescott to throw for 247 yards and score 3 TD’s —two through the air and one on the ground. Dallas’ RB Ezekiel Elliot rushed for 92 yards and 2 TD’s.
The Ravens, on the other had, snapped a 4 game losing streak last week, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-14 at home. Flacco had 241 yards through the air and 1 TD, finding WR Mike Wallace for 124 yards and a score. The Ravens defense held Big Ben Roethlisberger to 264 yards and 1 TD, and kept RB LeVeon Bell to just 32 yards rushing. But in all fairness, the Steelers abandoned the running game early, so Bell had few carries.
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Why Cleveland Browns +10.5 points?
Cleveland hasn’t won a game all season. And I don’t necessarily think they will get their first win this week vs a stout Baltimore defense. But giving up over 10 points to the Ravens feels like a little too much. Let’s not forget that in week 2 the Ravens scathed by the Browns in a 25-20 win. Of course, Josh McCown was the Brown’s starting QB for that game. Kessler will be starting this week, but I still like Cleveland’s chances of covering this fairly big point spread. The Brown’s franchise hasn’t forgotten how Art Modell sold them up the river in 1995, when he ditched the Browns to usher in the new Baltimore Ravens franchise. It’s a bitter history that will never be forgotten by Cleveland.
Baltimore’s mediocre offense
The Ravens are averaging around 19 points per game. The most they’ve scored in any game is 27 points. Flacco has 6 TD’s and 7 INT’s on the season. He seemed to catch his stride Sunday against the Steelers. But that may have had something to do with Big Ben’s knee injury. Pittsburgh wasn’t able to put together any long drives, so Baltimore had plenty of time to take advantage of the Steeler’s suspect secondary. Although the Brown’s defense is pretty poor against the run, the Ravens are averaging only 81 yards per game on the ground, and have the 28th ranked rushing attack in the NFL . So maybe Cleveland can keep Raven’s running back Terrance West at bay this week to keep it close.
Cleveland’s run game
In their week 2 match-up, Cleveland’s running back, Isaiah Crowell rushed for 133 yard and 1 TD. Baltimore’s defense is looking better now with LB CJ Mosley healthy, so running the ball could be more difficult for the Browns. But still, the Browns are averaging 111 yards rushing per game, and have 8 rushing TD’s on the season. If Crowell can step up again and have a big day, then the Brown’s could keep the ball away from Flacco, and in turn rest their poor defense. With the Ravens owning the 7th ranked pass defense in the league –with 9 INT’s and 18 sacks — look for Cleveland to pound the rock at the Ravens to stay competitive. And don’t count out a decent showing from WR Terrelle Pryor, who is still questionable with a hamstring injury.
The Browns play admirably this week, after being embarrassed by Dallas last week. Flacco throws 2 TD’s and 1 INT. Kessler steps up and throws 2 TD’sand 1 INT as well. Crowell rushes for 80 yards and 1 TD. Steve Smith hauls in a TD and 100 yards receiving. The Ravens defeat the Browns for the second time this season, 27-20.