Will Ravens Have Problems Covering the Week 15 NFL Spread Against Browns?

Will Ravens Have Problems Covering the Week 15 NFL Spread Against Browns?

Written by Eric Williams on Wednesday,December 13, 2017 3:18, EDT

The Week 15 NFL spread favorites Baltimore Ravens have everything to play for as they look to keep their playoff hopes alive. The winless Cleveland Browns are once again – playing for nothing more than pride.

With these two facts both being undeniable truths, the big question for NFL bettors concerning this Week 15 AFC North divisional matchup is whether or not the Ravens will have problems covering the chalk against the Browns as slightly more than a touchdown road favorites. Let’s find out now.

Baltimore (7-6) at Cleveland (0-13) NFL Spread & Game Preview

  • When: Sunday, December 17, 2017, 1:00 PM ET
  • Where: FirstEnergy Stadium
  • TV: CBS
  • Radio: 1090 AM (Baltimore) / 92.3 FM (Cleveland)
  • Live Stream: NFL Live
  • NFL Spread: Baltimore Ravens -7 (Over/Under at 40)

Weather Forecast

  • Chance of Rain: 3°C/38°F
  • Humidity: 75%
  • Precipitation: 33%
  • Cloud Cover: 95%
  • Wind: 13 mph S
  • Stadium Type: Open

Top NFL Picks & Predictions for Week 15

Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Record: Baltimore Ravens lead 8-2
  • Score: Baltimore Ravens 24.00 / Cleveland Browns 17.30
  • Rush Yards: Baltimore Ravens 120.00 / Cleveland Browns 87.10
  • Pass Attempts: Baltimore Ravens 35.40 / Cleveland Browns 36.90
  • Completion Percentage: Baltimore Ravens 62.43 / Cleveland Browns 59.62
  • Passing Yards: Baltimore Ravens 228.00 / Cleveland Browns 238.70
  • Total Yards: Baltimore Ravens 348.00 / Cleveland Browns 325.8
  • Turnovers: Baltimore Ravens 1.20 / Cleveland Browns 1.50

Why Bet the Baltimore Ravens Odds at -7?

Why bet on the NFL Spread favorites Baltimore Ravens in this Week 15 matchup? As previously mentioned, they’ve got a lot to play for!

The Ravens need a win here in the worst way after losing a heartbreaker against Pittsburgh 39-38 last weekend to snap a three-game winning streak.

Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards with two touchdowns and one interception but was strip-sacked by rookie linebacker T.J. Watt on the Ravens’ final snap.

“This one hurts,” Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “We lose to them the same way we did last year. This one sucks, but we’ve got to get over it. Yeah, this one’s going to hurt but it’s best for us to have a short memory on this one because if we win out there’s a good chance we’ll be in (the playoffs).”

The good news is that Baltimore is putting up 24.5 points per game to rank ninth in scoring while also ranking a stellar fourth in points allowed (18.9 ppg). If veteran quarterback Joe Flacco would stop turning the damned ball over (13 TDs, 12 INTs) Baltimore would probably have at least nine wins right about now. Defensively, veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs (11 sacks) and veteran safety Eric Weddle (5 INTs) are having fantastic seasons.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Average Score For: 24.46
  • Total Yards: 298.08
  • Rush Yards: 118.31
  • Passing Yards: 179.77

Defense

  • Average Score Against: 18.92
  • Total Yards: 329.23
  • Rush Yards: 108.54
  • Passing Yards: 220.69

Why Bet on the Cleveland Browns Odds at +7?

Why bet on Cleveland in this contest? Outside of the fact that they’re playing at home and have fought really hard the last two weeks, there isn’t any reason!

Despite their winless record, the Browns have played two really quality games in a row in narrowly losing to the Chargers 19-10 in Week 13 and coming up just short against Green Bay 27-21 in overtime last weekend.

According to the NFL Spread for Week 15, the Browns are huge underdogs against the Ravens.

Cleveland’s defense gave up a 75-yard touchdown drive and a 65-yard punt return in the fourth quarter that allowed the Packers to tie the game with 17 seconds left.

Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer has been admirable this season, but he’s also tossed a league-high 17 interceptions and just nine TD passes. Of course, the rookie signal-caller has mostly been running for his life almost all season behind a pitiful offensive line and just got his first competent receiver with the return of veteran Josh Gordon from a nearly three-year banishment.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Average Score For: 15.15
  • Total Yards: 311.38
  • Rush Yards: 108.15
  • Passing Yards: 203.23

Defense

  • Average Score Against: 25.77
  • Total Yards: 328.31
  • Rush Yards: 96.00
  • Passing Yards: 232.31

Latest NFL Betting Trends for Week 15

  • Ravens are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games
  • Ravens are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Baltimore’s last 9 games
  • Browns are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games
  • Browns are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 6 games

Expert Analysis and Prediction

Let me start by saying that I really like Hue Jackson and I think the Browns were smart to assure him that he’ returning next season. For this Week 15 matchup, however, Cleveland is going down and going down hard against a Baltimore defense that is going to harass DeShone Kizer into his second straight multiple interception games.

The Ravens are a near-perfect 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine road dates against the Browns, a perfect4-0 ATS in their last four meetings overall and a robust 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Browns, on the other hand, are just 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a winning record and a pitiful 7-20 ATS in their last 27 home games. I have no idea who the 31 percent of public bettors is that like the Browns to cover the NFL Spread in this one, but I think they’re a bit nuts!

Pick: Baltimore Ravens -7