We have an exciting AFC North divisional matchup. This is one of the best divisional races in the league, as each team has a chance to win it. This particular rivalry has been pretty one-sided recently. Will that be the case this week?
- Opening Lines: Ravens -4.5 o/u 46.5
- Current Lines: Titans -3.5 o/u 47
- Location: M&T Bank Stadium
- Start Time: 8:20 p.m. EDT
- TV: NBC
- Last Meeting: December 14, 2020 — Ravens 47, Browns 42
The Ravens looked very lost on offense without Lamar Jackson, who missed last week with a non-Covid related illness. Tyler Huntley wasn’t awful with 219 passing yards, but there will not be a QB controversy in Baltimore. The defense and the legs of Justin Tucker and Devonta Freeman pulled off the win against the Bears. Jackson said he is “120% sure he will be back for this game, and let’s hope he puts that effort into this matchup. Jackson has owned the Browns recently as he comes in winning three straight games against Cleveland. In that three game span, he’s thrown seven touchdowns with zero interceptions, and in two of those games, he’s rushed for over 100 yards.
The Browns are another team that was lucky to walk away with a win last week as the offense was dreadful against an awful Detroit defense. Thankfully they faced a winless team with a quarterback with 15 career passing yards going into that game. Nick Chubb continues to be the guy the Browns need to depend on as he had another outstanding performance of 130 rushing yards and a receiving touchdown. They also will get their 1-2 punch in the backfield at full health, as we should expect Kareem Hunt to return from a calf injury this week. They’re going to need Chubb’s power and Hunt’s speed against an outstanding Baltimore defense who’s allowed the second-fewest rushing yards per game (88.6). Chubb’s last game against Baltimore was good with 82 yards and two touchdowns, but that’s the only one he’s found the end zone in the previous three games against the Ravens.
- The Ravens 15-4-1 ATS in its last 20 games vs. AFC teams on Sundays
- The over is 7-0 in the Brown’s last seven games against teams with a winning ML record vs. AFC teams with an Over/Under between 43.5-47.5.
- The Ravens have won three straight ATS vs. the Browns.
- The Browns are 9-11 ATS in their last 20 games on Sundays.
Baltimore has owned this rivalry as of late. Lamar is playing some of the best football since his MVP season, and with his return, it’s hard to argue this team that’s playing against a Browns team that has struggled to play consistently good football this year.
Pick: Ravens -3.5
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