Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens - 9/17/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Browns (0-1) at Baltimore Ravens (1-0)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm (M&T Bank Stadium)
The Line: Baltimore Ravens -9.5 -- Over/Under: 41 See the Latest Odds
Out at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens will be meeting up in a divisional rivalry game in NFL Week 2 action.
The Ravens are currently 1-0 on the young season following an opener win over the Cincinnati Bengals 20-0. Baltimore forced five turnovers from Bengals QB Andy Dalton, while Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw for 121 yards, a TD and a pick on 9-of-17 overall. Terrance West led the Baltimore running game on his 19 carries, 80 yards and a score, while Jeremy Maclin had two receptions for 56 yards and a TD.
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Baltimore is coming off a 2016 in which they finished 8-8 and second in the AFC North. The Ravens failed to make the postseason for the second year in a row.
Over on the Browns’ side, they’re currently 0-1 after showing some life in a 21-18 defeat by the Steelers in Week 1. Cleveland held star Steelers running back LeVeon Bell to just 32 yards on 10 carries, but his Browns counterpart Isaiah Crowell put up just 33 yards on 17 carries. DeShone Kizer had a solid day with a 20-of-30 line for 222 yards, two TDs overall and an interception, with his main beneficiary being Corey Coleman on five receptions for 53 yards and a score.
Cleveland doesn’t have far to go if they want to improve over 2016; they finished just 1-15 and dead last in the division during last season’s campaign. The Browns haven’t visited the postseason in 14 years.
Cleveland is 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine versus the AFC and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win. The Browns are also 0-3-1 ATS in their last four road games and 1-10-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the Ravens are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 versus the AFC North and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games. Baltimore is also 4-1 ATS in their last five games in Week 2 and 6-2 ATS in their last eight versus the AFC.
It’s hard to tell much of anything from just one game, but with the Week 1 divisional battles we’re seeing some tendencies exposed. The Browns played well against the Steelers, and if they can get their offense together the team could flirt with a .500 record this season, which would be a massive improvement. As for the Ravens, they’re built to get a lead and just sit on it, which is what I think will happen here. Cleveland can get in the door and cover, though.