Cleveland (0-9) at Baltimore (4-4)
When: Thursday, November 10th 2016
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
Time: 8:25 ET | TV: NFL Network
The Baltimore Ravens will look to stay atop of the AFC North standings while keeping the Cleveland Browns winless when the two teams meet for the second time this season on Thursday night. Cleveland (0-9) blew a 20-2 first quarter lead in the Week 2 matchup with the Ravens and lost 25-20. Isaiah Crowell ran for a season-high 133 yards and a touchdown in Week 2, but managed only 45 yards rushing versus Dallas last week – a 35-10 loss. Cleveland has had a revolving door at quarterback, losing starter Robert Griffin III in the season opener and had backup Josh McCown suffer a broken collarbone against the Ravens. While McCown returned to the lineup in a narrow loss to the New York Jets in Week 8, coach Hue Jackson went back to Cody Kessler on Sunday and will stick with the rookie Thursday despite a poor effort against the Cowboys. WR Corey Coleman returned to the lineup Sunday for the first time since catching two TD passes against Baltimore. The Browns are allowing 421.7 yards and 30.3 points per game, each ranking 31st in the league.
Baltimore snapped a four-game losing streak with a 21-14 win over bitter rival Pittsburgh on Sunday. Baltimore’s defense came up big in the win over the Steelers, holding them to 277 total yards and 36 on the ground to build a 21-0 lead in the third quarter. The offense still remains a concern as they produced only one touchdown – a 95-yard scoring pass to WR Mike Wallace – and also struggled on the ground, rushing for 50 yards on 29 carries. Baltimore ranks 28th in the league with 81.8 yards rushing per game and is averaging 2.2 yards per carry over the past three. Quarterback Joe Flacco has more interceptions (seven) than TD passes (six) and a horrible 76.0 passer rating. Tight end Dennis Pitta had nine catches for 102 yards in the Week 2 win at Cleveland. The Ravens have won 15 of the past 17 meetings, although Cleveland won at Baltimore last season.
Cleveland is going to win a game this season at some point and this might be as good a chance as any. They had Baltimore on the ropes in Week 2 before blowing it and the Ravens offense is just plain terrible. The Browns play tough despite their 0-9 mark and I think they’ll be up for a close game Thursday. Baltimore has historically played down after playing Pittsburgh the previous week. I’ll take the points.
Pick: Browns +10