Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens - 12/17/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Baltimore Ravens (7-6) at Cleveland Browns (0-13)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)
The Line: Cleveland Browns +7 -- Over/Under: 40
The Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns meet Sunday in NFL action at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Baltimore Ravens could use a victory here after splitting their last 12 games to remain in the playoff conversation. The Baltimore Ravens have lost four of their last six road games. Joe Flacco is completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 2,413 yards, 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Flacco has one or less touchdown passes in seven of his last 10 games. Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin have combined for 977 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Benjamin Watson has 45 receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 118.3 yards per contest, and Alex Collins leads the way with 825 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 18.9 points and 329.2 yards per game. C.J. Mosley leads the Baltimore Ravens with 115 tackles, Terrell Suggs has 11 sacks and Eric Weddle has five interceptions.
The Cleveland Browns are still looking for their first victory since Christmas Eve of last year. The Cleveland Browns have lost seven straight home games. DeShone Kizer is completing 53.9 percent of his passes for 2,252 yards, nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Kizer has one or less touchdown passes in eight of his last nine games. Duke Johnson Jr. and Seth DeValve have combined for 848 receiving yards and four touchdowns while David Njoku has 29 receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 108.2 yards per contest, and Isaiah Crowell leads the way with 716 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 25.8 points and 328.3 yards per game. Joe Schobert leads the Cleveland Browns with 122 tackles, Myles Garrett has five sacks and Jason McCourty has three interceptions.
The Ravens are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in December and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Browns are 5-15-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 7-20 ATS in their last 27 home games and 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Ravens are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings in Cleveland, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the road team is 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 meetings.
The Cleveland Browns are starting to play some decent football despite coming away with loss after loss, especially last week when blowing a double-digit second half lead and losing in overtime. Kizer is coming off the best game of his career and the return of Josh Gordon has also helped. The problem is the Baltimore Ravens are playing their best football of the season and are scoring points in truckloads now that they're healthy. The Ravens are also still playing for something and have a defense that's second in the league with 29 forced turnovers. The Browns are going to find it hard to put points on the board. Baltimore should be able to control this game from start to finish and roll by double digits.