Baltimore Ravens (6-5) at Cleveland Browns (9-3)
NFL Football: Monday, December 14, 2020 at 8:15 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)
The Line: Cleveland Browns PK -- Over/Under: 48 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cleveland Browns face off with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football in a week 15 AFC North division matchup in NFL action from FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.
The Baltimore Ravens will look to build off of a 34-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys in their last game. Heading into Tuesday’s matchup with the Cowboys, Lamar Jackson has thrown for 1,948 yards, 15 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on 63.4% passing while also leading the Ravens in rushing with 575 yards and 3 touchdowns. Gus Edwards has 386 rushing yards with a team-high 4 rushing touchdowns while J.K. Dobbins has 380 rushing yards with 3 TDs and Mark Ingram II has 232 rushing yards with a pair of touchdowns. Marquise Brown leads the Ravens with 516 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns while Mark Andrews has a team-high 38 catches for 454 yards and 6 touchdowns and Willie Snead IV has 379 receiving yards and 3 scores. Defensively, Patrick Queen leads Baltimore with 79 total tackles including a team-high 52 solo tackles while Matthew Judon and Calais Campbell each have a team-high 4 sacks.
The Cleveland Browns will look to pick up another win and get closer to a playoff spot after improving to 9-3 on the year after a 4th straight win in the form of a 41-35 win over Tennessee last time out. Baker Mayfield has thrown for 2,442 yards, 21 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on 62.7% passing while Nick Chubb has rushed for 799 yards and 7 touchdowns and Kareem Hunt has 739 yards with 4 touchdowns. Jarvis Landry leads the Browns wih 54 catches for 676 yards while Rashard Higgins had 400 yards with 3 touchdowns and Austin Hooper has 286 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Browns this season. On defense, B.J. Goodson leads the Browns with 81 total tackles including a team-high 54 solo tackles while Myles Garrett has a team-high 10.5 sacks and Olivier Vernon has 5 sacks for the Browns this year.
Baltimore is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 division games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 games against the AFC. Cleveland is 8-24-2 ATS in their last 34 games against a team with a winning record and 9-23-1 ATS in their last 33 division games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record. Baltimore is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams and 9-2-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland.
I get the case you could make for Baltimore here as the Ravens are starting to get back into a groove with the playoffs around the corner. However, Cleveland’s been quietly playing some of the best football I can ever remember them playing, and out of nowhere this is a 9-win team and one that’s also close to clinching a playoff spot. This is an important game on both sides, but given the recent form of both teams and with Baltimore on a short week, I have to give the edge to the Browns at home in this one.