Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns- 9/18/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baltimore Ravens (1-0) at Cleveland Browns (0-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)
The Line: Cleveland Browns +6 -- Over/Under: 43.5 See the Latest Odds
The Baltimore Ravens look for their first road victory of the season as they head into Ohio to battle the Cleveland Browns in an AFC North show down.
The Ravens look to build on their season opening victory against the Buffalo Bills as they take on a short handed Cleveland Browns side that looked woeful in their week one encounter against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Ravens defense took centre stage and absolutely smashed the Bills but they will look for their offense to get rolling here as they had a very modest game last week and are due for a breakout against a Browns side that is in shambles. Baltimore will look to their running back carousel and speedy receivers to stretch out the field and allow Joe Flacco ample time to throw down field and the defense will be out for more success against a Browns team that is now forced into starting Josh McCown.
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The Browns looked competitive for about a half last week against the Eagles but things quickly went awry and now they are back to the drawing board as Robert Griffin is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury and the troops are led by Josh McCown. Browns coach Hue Jackson knows the Ravens well though after many years coaching within the division, including time as the Ravens QB coach, and he will be out to prove he is worthy of a head man position in this league as he looks to knife his team through the Ravens impressive defense. Isaiah Crowell is expected to be the bell cow in this one and if he can establish the ground game early it should give Cleveland more time to air the ball out, but that may not be the best idea.
The Ravens are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five against the AFC North, 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight up win, and 5-1 in their last six against the AFC while the Browns are 2-6 ATS in their last eight following a loss, 1-3-1 in their last five games in September, and 2-6 in their last eight games ATS on grass. The line in this one is tough as is fluctuated with the news of RG3 being out but I think the Browns may even be better off with McCown who is more of a pocket arm and with the Ravens having their own issues scoring points I think it is way too many in a divisional game for a home team to be getting.