The Ravens head to Cleveland hoping to win their third straight. The Browns are hoping Deshaun Watson puts it all together in his third game back from an extended layoff. 9-4 Baltimore also remains in the hunt to beat Cincinnati and win the AFC North. 5-8 Cleveland knows another loss for sure ends their playoff chances. Will the Browns step it up enough to win and cover? Or will Baltimore continue the winning streak? See below for NFL Betting Odds, analysis, and a free pick for Baltimore at Cleveland.
NFL Week 15 Betting Preview and Prediction for Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland
Ravens vs Browns Odds and Match Info
- When: Saturday, Dec. 17 at 4:30 pm ET
- Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
- TV / Streaming: NFL Net
- ATS Odds: Cleveland -3
- Money line Odds: Baltimore +122 / Cleveland -149
- Over/Under Odds: 38
Why bet on Baltimore versus Cleveland?
Earlier in the week, it looked as if the Ravens might have to start rookie Anthony Brown. But heading into the later half of the week, Baltimore did a couple of things.
First, the Ravens downgraded Lamar Jackson from questionable to out indefinitely. Second, the Ravens upgraded Tyler Huntley from questionable to probable.
Upgrading Huntley is a huge development. Tyler might be the best backup quarterback in the league. With Huntley under center, Baltimore has a real shot of not only covering the spread but of also winning this game straight up.
Baltimore Ravens Offensive Averages
- Total Yards: 347.0
- Passing Yards: 184.8
- Rushing Yards: 162.2
- Points Scored: 23.2
- Turnovers: 14
Baltimore Ravens Defensive Averages
- Total Yards: 330.4
- Passing Yards: 249.2
- Rushing Yards: 81.2
- Points Scored: 19.2
- Takeaways: 22
Why bet on Cleveland versus Baltimore?
Quarterback Deshaun Watson showed huge improvement in his second game back from the layoff. In his first, Deshaun was terrible.
Watson completed just 54.5% of his passes for 131 yards and threw an interception and zero touchdowns versus his former team, the Houston Texans, in a 27-14 win. In his second game back, a 23-10 loss to Cincinnati, Deshaun completed close to 62% of his passes and threw for 276 yards, tossed a pick, and tossed a touchdown.
Any further improvement on Watson’s part should lead to a Cleveland win and cover.
Cleveland Browns Offensive Averages
- Total Yards: 368.8
- Passing Yards: 219.3
- Rushing Yards: 149.5
- Points Scored: 23.1
- Turnovers: 18
Cleveland Browns Defensive Averages
- Total Yards: 343.8
- Passing Yards: 215.8
- Rushing Yards: 128.1
- Points Scored: 24.8
- Takeaways: 12
Ravens at Browns Relevant Trends
- Ravens are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 on the road
- Baltimore is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 versus the AFC
- Under is 8-2 in the Ravens’ last 10 games
- Browns are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 versus the AFC
- Cleveland is 1-6-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings at home
- Over is 4-1-1 in the Browns’ last 6 games at home
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Final Betting Prediction
Roquan Smith, who Baltimore traded for before the deadline, makes the Ravens defense one of the top units in the AFC. But although Baltimore can handle Watson, Cleveland is a different team at home.
The Browns play with way more confidence on their field. Not only that, but Cincinnati’s margin of victory hinged on a single fourth-down play in the Bengals’ red zone.
If Watson and the Browns’ offense had scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter, Cleveland would have cut Cincy’s lead to 6 points.
Because Deshaun and the O failed, Cincinnati ended up winning by 13. In this game, we should expect Watson to have a breakout performance. The Browns win and cover.
NFL Week 15 Pick: Cleveland Browns -3