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Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/3/13

Baltimore Ravens (3-4) at Cleveland Browns (3-5)

NFL Football: Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)

The Line: Cleveland Browns +3 -- Over/Under: 40 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Baltimore Ravens head to Cleveland on Sunday to square off against the Browns.

The Cleveland Browns are sitting at 3-5 on the year after falling to the Chiefs 23-17 this past weekend.  The Browns have been shaking things up offensively all season long, first off by trading away Richardson, and now just after the trade deadline, there was talks that the Browns would trade Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron.  Neither of those last two happened, and if the Browns were looking for any kind of success at all this season, that is a good thing.  The Browns shook up the quarterback spot yet again this past week, but may have hit on something as Jason Campbell got the start against K.C.  Campbell played very well against the Chiefs, completing 22/36 for 293 yards and two scores, while not turning the ball over.  Campbell also added 17 yards on the ground.  Normally these rushing yards wouldn’t be a big deal, but considering the Browns leading rusher on the day was McGahee with 28 yards…it’s something to make note of.  This Browns team revolves around their defense, which is currently ranked 6th against the pass and 12th against the run.  These numbers would likely be even better, if it weren’t for the offense being so bad and putting the defense in bad spots continually.

Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/3/13

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The Baltimore Ravens have had a tough time rebuilding after their Championship run last season, and currently the Ravens are sitting at 3-4 on the season.  Baltimore had this past weekend off, which honestly probably is not so great timing as the Ravens are coming off a loss to the lowly Steelers, and likely would have liked to get back on the field ASAP.  This Ravens team is currently ranked 28th in the NFL on the ground as Ray Rice is starting to show his age a bit.  Rice is still a quality player, but he’s not the Rice of old and it’s showing this season.  The passing game is solid, ranking 12th in the league with an average of 254.7 yards per game, but the loss of Pitta has been huge for Flacco.  Defensively the Ravens were said to be better than last year, and while decent, this unit defensively has some holes, especially in the secondary.

The total has gone under in five of the last six games for the Ravens, and the total has also gone under in five of the last five games between the Ravens and the Browns.  The Ravens are a perfect 5-0 overall in their last five games on the road against the Cleveland Browns.  The Browns are just 3-8 overall in their last 11 games, and the Browns are just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against the Ravens.

I’m going to take the Browns in this spot.  The Browns are playing with an edge to them this season, and that is something that you have to like.  Also, in this matchup I’m getting points at home, against a crowd that (for obvious reasons) would love to see the Ravens fall, and I’m getting the better defense.  The Browns aren’t dynamic offensively by any means, but Gordon and Cameron are talents and should be able to make enough plays to cover this field goal spread, if not get the win outright over the Ravens.

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