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It has been a bizarre and challenging few weeks for the Baltimore Ravens (7-5) and they won’t face a sympathetic opponent Monday night when they visit division rival Cleveland Browns (9-3). The Browns can close in on their first playoff birth in 18 years while the Ravens are battling to get back to normal while also stay in the Wild Card hunt. The Monday, December 14 game kicks off at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN from First Energy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
This history of this rivalry includes off-field as well as the original Browns moved to Baltimore after the 1995 season. The on-field action began when the Browns returned in 1999 and the Ravens hold a 32-11 advantage. Baltimore beat the Browns 38-6 earlier this season and eliminated Cleveland from playoff contention last year in Ohio.
Baltimore Ravens Betting Outlook: Run the Ball
In betting with us at the Ravens are 6-6 ATS and the under is 7-5 in their 12 games. The Ravens offense ranks first in the NFL in rushing (169 ypg) but last in passing (169.3 ypg). The defense ranks third in points allowed (19.3 ppg) and eighth in total yards (337.7 ypg).
The Ravens stars came out of COVID protocol and beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-17 Tuesday night. They ran for 294 yards as a team with three players having at least 70 yards.
After missing the loss to Pittsburgh, quarterback Lamar Jackson returned and accounted for three touchdowns. He threw for two with 107 yards and ran for another adding 94 yards on the ground. In 11 games this season Jackson has 2,055 yards passing with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Running back Gus Edwards had 101 yards on seven carries against Dallas while J.K. Dobbins had 71 yards and a touchdown in 11 carries. Jackson leads the Ravens with 669 rushing yards and he’s added six touchdowns. Edwards has 487 yards and seven scores while Dobbins has 451 yards and four touchdowns.
With tight end Mark Andrews out (COVID), wideout Hollywood Brown had five catches for 39 yards and a touchdown while Miles Boykin had five catches for 38 yards and a score. Brown has 41 catches for 555 yards and four scores on the season while Andrews has 38 catches for 454 yards and six touchdowns.
Cleveland Browns Betting Preview: Keep the Offense Going
In betting with us at the Browns are 5-7 ATS and the over is 7-5 in their 12 games. The Browns offense is second in the NFL in rushing (157.8 ypg) and 27th in passing (206.5 ypg). The defense ranks 22nd in scoring (26.8 ppg) and eighth against the run (104.3 ypg).
Cleveland jumped out to a 38-7 lead and beat Tennessee 41-35 on Sunday. Quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 334 yards and four touchdowns while running back Nick Chubb ran for 80 yards.
Mayfield completed 25-of-33 passes against Tennessee with no interceptions and one fumble. He has 2,442 yards on the season with 21 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.
Chubb had 106 total yards with a touchdown while running back Kareem Hunt had 57 total yards. Chubb has 799 yards and seven touchdowns on the season while Hunt has 739 yards, four rushing scores and four receiving ones.
Wideout Rashard Higgins caught six balls for 95 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. Donovan Peoples-Jones and Jarvis Landry also had touchdown catches against the Titans. Landry has 54 catches for 676 yards and two touchdowns while Higgins has 400 yards and three scores.
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Betting Line
Head to our favorite pay per head bookie site at where the Ravens are favored by 1 point with a total of 46.5 points.
The Ravens are 9-2-1 ATS in Cleveland the last 12 years and 6-1 ATS against the AFC North the last two seasons. The Browns are 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 home games against a team with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in the last six against the AFC. Mayfield had just 189 yards passing with an interception in the first matchup while Jackson accounted for 320 total yards and three scores.
Free Pick By Gameadvisers: Under 46.5 points (-110)