Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns - 10/7/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Baltimore Ravens (3-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-2-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)
The Line: Cleveland Browns +3 -- Over/Under: 45.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns meet Sunday in NFL action at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Baltimore Ravens look for their second road win of the season to build on their lead in the AFC North. The Baltimore Ravens have split their last eight road games. Joe Flacco is completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 1,252 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Flacco has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last nine games. John Brown and Willie Snead IV have combined for 536 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Michael Crabtree has 18 receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 89 yards per contest, and Alex Collins leads the way with 158 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 16.3 points and 275.8 yards per game. Tony Jefferson leads the Baltimore Ravens with 24 tackles, Terrell Suggs has 2.5 sacks and Brandon Carr has one interception.
The Cleveland Browns look to prove this franchise is turning the corner with a statement win over one of the hottest teams in the league. The Cleveland Browns have two home wins since September of 2016. Baker Mayfield is completing 59.4 percent of his passes for 496 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Mayfield enters this game with 64 pass attempts under his belt. Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins have combined for 490 receiving yards and one touchdown while Antonio Callaway has 10 receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 152.8 yards per contest, and Carlos Hyde leads the way with 285 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 26 points and 395 yards per game. Joe Schobert leads the Cleveland Browns with 37 tackles, Myles Garrett has 4.5 sacks and Denzel Ward has two interceptions.
The Ravens are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 13-4 ATS in their last 17 vs. AFC North and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games in October. The Browns are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 vs. AFC North, 6-17 ATS in their last 23 home games and 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Ravens are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Cleveland, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the favorite is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
The Cleveland Browns are a team worth keeping an eye on, as they've gone toe-to-toe with some of the better teams in the league and their two losses have come by a combined six points. The Browns have also covered three straight games when an underdog of at least three points. The Baltimore Ravens are watching the injuries pile up and have to play back-to-back road games, which is never easy in this league. However, Flacco is playing some of his best football in years and the Ravens have one of the top defenses a quarter through the season. The Browns at home and the free field goal is tempting, but the Ravens are the more trustworthy team at this point and is more than capable of getting the job done. The Browns are much improved, but they're still showing signs of the old Browns and find ways to lose. I'll lay the field goal.