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Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns - 9/17/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cleveland Browns (0-1) at Baltimore Ravens (1-0)
Date & Time Sunday September 17, 2017, 1:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Baltimore Ravens -7.5 -- Over/Under: 41
TV Channel
CBS
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NFL | Cleveland Browns (0-1) at Baltimore Ravens (1-0)
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The Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens meet Sunday in NFL action at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Cleveland Browns look for a statement victory after falling short against the Pittsburgh Steelers, 18-21. The Cleveland Browns haven’t won a road game since October of 2015. DeShone Kizer is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 222 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Kizer enters this game with 30 career pass attempts under his belt. Corey Coleman and Seth DeValve have combined for 95 receiving yards and one touchdown while Isaiah Crowell has two receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 57 yards per contest, and Crowell leads the way with 33 yards on 17 carries. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 21 points and 290 yards per game. Joe Schobert leads the Cleveland Browns with nine tackles, Carl Nassib has one sack and Derrick Kindred has one interception.

The Baltimore Ravens look for a quick 2-0 start to the season after beating up the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-0. The Baltimore Ravens have won five straight home games. Joe Flacco is completing 52.9 percent of his passes for 121 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Flacco has at least one touchdown pass in five of his last six games. Jeremy Maclin and Danny Woodhead have combined for 89 receiving yards and one touchdown while Nick Boyle has one reception. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 157 yards per contest, and Terrance West leads the way with 80 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 38 points and 442.5 yards per game. Tony Jefferson leads the Baltimore Ravens with nine tackles, Terrell Suggs has two sacks and C.J. Mosley has one interception.

The Browns are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games, 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. AFC North and 6-20-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Ravens are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. AFC North, 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Browns are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Baltimore, the road team is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

I said last week that the Cleveland Browns would be better than expected this season, and they nearly beat the Steelers as big underdogs. This week I can't back the Browns, as the Ravens were probably the most impressive team in week one and have an experienced, talented defense that's sure to give Kizer fits. This is likely going to be that welcome to the NFL kid kind of game. The Ravens lit the Bengals up on both sides of the field and that was with Flacco having a subpar performance as he still knocks rust off after missing so much offseason time. At home, this is a game the Ravens could open up and win by double digits.

Pick:
Baltimore Ravens -7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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