The NFL is rolling out a pretty awful Monday Night Football matchup as the Browns host the Ravens, so wagering on the game is probably going to provide the best reason to actually watch the contest.
This one opened as a pick ’em due to question marks under center on both sides, but the Browns will head into this game as a 3.5-point betting favorite at sports books monitored by OddsShark.com. The moneyline has the Browns between -170 and -215, and the Ravens between +165 and +185.
The Ravens have dominated the series of late. Baltimore is 13–2 straight up against Cleveland over the last 15 matchups and 6–1 straight up and against the spread in the last seven meetings in Cleveland. The visiting team has gone 10–2 ATS in the last 12 matchups between these two teams, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.
The Ravens head into this game decimated by injuries. The two latest season-ending injuries were suffered by quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Justin Forsett. In their place, Matt Schaub is taking over at
quarterback, while Javorius Allen is taking over at running back. The Ravens are 3–7 straight up this season, and 1-7-2 against the spread. They managed a push in their Week 11 win over the St. Louis Rams.
The Browns are 2–8 SU this season and 3-6-1 ATS. The Browns have lost five straight games and are 0-4-1 ATS in that stretch. They are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five home games.
The big news for Cleveland last week was the decision to bench quarterback Johnny Manziel and replace him with veteran Josh McCown. The Browns’ defense heads into this game extremely banged up. Cornerback Joe Haden (concussion) and defensive end Randy Starks (knee) will not play. Linebacker Nate Orchard is questionable with a groin injury.
The point total is set at 41.5. The total has hit the under in seven of the last 10 games between these two teams and in four of the last six in Cleveland. The total has gone over in four of the Browns’ last five home games and in three of the Ravens' last five road games.
The OddsShark Computer predicts a 23.8–20.1 Browns victory, which would provide for a Browns cover at a majority of sports books tracked by OddsShark.com. It would also hit the over on the point total.