NFL Betting Preview: Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens (7-3) will host the Cleveland Browns (6-5) for an AFC North showdown in week 12 at M&T Bank Stadium. Both teams are hoping to get healthy after they pulled out close victories last week. The Browns took care of the Lions at home 13-10, while the Ravens escaped Chicago with a win 16-13. Let’s take a look at how these two teams match up.

Cleveland Browns Betting Preview: Browns Rushing Attack at Full Strength 

The Cleveland Browns continue to post mixed results because of the injury bug that has hit this team hard. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve learned that Baker Mayfield is playing with a fractured left shoulder, while two of the top rushers in the NFL, Nick Chubb, and Kareem Hunt, have battled injuries, respectively. 

With that being said, the offense has struggled to put points on the board as of late. In three of their last four games, the Browns haven’t topped more than 13 points. In addition, their running game hasn’t been as lethal, which doesn’t help Baker Mayfield in the passing game. Although that may be true, the offense still has a plethora of weapons on the field to be explosive. The Browns come into this matchup ranked 12th in total yards and lead the league in rushing with 156.8 yards per game. 

On the defensive side of the ball, the Browns come in ranked fourth in total defense. Cleveland boasts several stars that include Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney, and Denzel Ward, creating one of the most feared units in the league. The Browns are holding opponents to 22 points per game and are coming off a great showing holding the Lions to a laughable 77 passing yards and ten points.

Baltimore Ravens Betting Preview: Ravens Hope to Get Jackson Back for AFC North Battle

The Baltimore Ravens will hope to get Lamar Jackson back this week after being ruled out against the Bears prior to the game with an illness. The offense turned to Tyler Huntley, and the Ravens struggled to get things going. Huntley produced just 219 yards passing, 40 rushing, and an interception, but didn’t get much help from the running game that added 83 yards on the ground. 

The offense as a whole is one of the more dynamic offenses in the league. They have been hit by a bevy of injuries, especially in the backfield that saw their top two rushers out for the year before the first game started. Be that as it may, Lamar Jackson has been remarkable through the air this year. The quarterback has put together almost 2,500 yards through the air, along with 14 touchdown passes, not to mention over 600 yards and two scores on the ground. 

Defensively, the Ravens are led by a veteran group that ranks 25th in the league in total defense. Last time out, they were able to knock Justin Fields out of the game but still allowed Andy Dalton to throw for two touchdown passes. The defense has also dealt with some injuries to their defensive backfield, which allows the second-most passing yards.

Betting Lines & Odds

Early betting odds on MyBookie have the Ravens at -3.5 as the favorite at home, while the point total is at 46.

Moneyline: Ravens -190 | Browns +160

Free Betting Pick

This will be an interesting game because it will be an absolute battle between division rivals. On the one hand, this could be an absolute shootout, and on the other hand, it could be a defensive showdown. I think this will be a close game, so it comes down to which team is healthier.

The Ravens are battling a plethora of injuries; however, we still don’t know the status of Lamar Jackson and if he will play. Even if he does, I still like the Browns, who have the potential to break out with Kareem Hunt potentially returning to the backfield. When Cleveland’s offense is at full strength, they are one of the best teams in the NFL.

BetUSASports Free Pick: Browns +3.5

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