Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns - 9/21/14
Baltimore Ravens (1-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)
The Line: Cleveland Browns 0 -- Over/Under: 41.5 See the Latest Odds
The Browns look to move above .500 with a home win against the Ravens in a pivotal show down between AFC North rivals.
The Baltimore Ravens made a statement on Thursday Night Football last week as they completely dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers to the tune of a 26-6 final which softened the blow a little bit from their tumultuous off field issues surrounding Ray Rice. The Ravens demonstrated just how strong of a unit they are as they were able to put all of their distractions aside and won one for their loyal fans who are staying true to the team despite the nonsense surrounding their former star running back. Baltimore will look to make it two wins in a row against divisional foes as they head into the Dawg Pound to take on the Browns who are coming off a huge victory against the New Orleans Saints who are struggling to find their game at the moment. The Ravens to me are still a playoff type team and should challenge the Bengals for the AFC North crown and while Rice is certainly a loss they have been able to generate success with Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett and through the air with Torrey and Steve Smith.
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The Browns pulled off an impressive victory last weekend against the Saints and while full credit goes to Cleveland for doing enough to get the win you have to think at least a substantial part of the outcome had to do with New Orleans playing poorly. Cleveland has been able to establish a pretty solid ground game thus far as Terrence West is thriving in the starter’s role and while Ben Tate could be back as early as Sunday you’d have to think that Mike Pettine will use both of them in a ground and pound type paradigm. Brian Hoyer has been serviceable and has kept Johnny Manziel on the sidelines for now but against a tough Ravens defense that doesn’t get the respect it used to I think we could hear cries for Johnny Football by the end of this one if Baltimore comes out swinging. This is another pick em line as the Browns are the home side and are coming off an impressive win but I think it’s another opportunity for us to jump on the better team and that to me is Baltimore who should be able to come away with a win of at least a field goal if not more.