Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens - 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 +3.5 -- Over/Under: 43.5 See the Latest Odds
Headed our way from FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday, September 18, the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns will clash in Week 2 NFL action.
The Ravens are coming out of a relatively ugly 13-7 victory over the Bills in Week 1, relying heavily on their defense to carry them most of the way. Baltimore would hold Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor to just 111 yards on 15-of-22 passing, and LeSean McCoy to 58 yards and a TD on 16 carries. The Ravens’ Joe Flacco threw for the lone Baltimore score, connecting with new arrival Mike Wallace for a 66-yard bomb that would prove to be the deciding tally. The ever-reliable Justin Tucker would take care of the rest, knocking in field goals of 50 and 37 yards. Flacco would finish with a 23-of-34 line for 258 yards and the TD, while Wallace hauled in three grabs for 91 yards and the score. Justin Forsett had a tough go of it on the ground, rushing for 41 yards on 10 carries. Teammate Terrance West would add just 32 more on 12 totes.
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As for the Browns, they’re fresh off a stinker against the Eagles in Week 1 for their first loss of the season. Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz didn’t have much trouble with the Cleveland defense, throwing for 278 yards and two scores in his NFL debut. Robert Griffin III didn’t have a whole lot of success passing the ball, logging a 12-of-26 line for 190 yards. Isaiah Crowell led the way on the ground for the Browns, with his 62 yards and a TD on 12 carries. Making matters worse, Griffin sustained a fractured bone in his left shoulder during the game and is now on injured reserve. Griffin will be out at least the next eight weeks.
The Ravens are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games, and 5-1 ATS in their last six against the AFC. Baltimore is also 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games overall, and 2-7-1 ATS versus a team with a losing record.
Meanwhile, the Browns are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five Week 2 games, and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five September games. Cleveland is also 2-6 ATS in their last eight games on grass, and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
The Browns are a hot mess right now—what else is new—and are destined for another season in the division toilet. Baltimore should look much better on offense here, and I expect a big Ravens win.