Ravens vs. Browns - 12/28/14 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Browns (7-8) at Baltimore Ravens (9-6)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm (M&T Bank Stadium)
The Line: Baltimore Ravens -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens end their season Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Cleveland Browns have lost four straight games and killed any hope of making the playoffs. Brian Hoyer is completing 55.3 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Hoyer is expected to start if he’s cleared of a shoulder injury, and the Browns have 54 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel have combined for more than 1,300 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Josh Gordon has 24 receptions in five games. The Browns ground game is averaging 3.6 yards per carry, as Isaiah Crowell leads the way with 601 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, the Cleveland Browns are allowing 21.1 points, 362.5 yards, and they’ve forced 30 sacks and 29 turnovers. Donte Whitner leads the Browns with 100 tackles and Paul Kruger has 10 sacks.
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The Baltimore Ravens have won four of their last six games and still have a shot at the playoffs. Joe Flacco is completing 62 percent of his passes for 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Flacco has six total touchdowns and three picks in his last three games, and the Ravens have 44 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Torrey Smith and Steve Smith have combined for more than 1,600 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Owen Daniels has seven receptions in his last three games. The Ravens ground game is averaging 4.5 yards per carry, as Justin Forsett leads the way with 1,147 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, the Baltimore Ravens are allowing 19.5 points, 342.1 yards, and they’ve forced 45 sacks and 20 turnovers. C.J. Mosley leads Baltimore with 126 tackles and Elvis Dumervil has 17 sacks.
The Browns are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games in December and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss. The Ravens are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 vs. AFC. The road team is 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
I can't lay off this many points in an NFL game, especially with the way the Ravens just crapped the bed last week. Give me the Browns and nearly two touchdowns.