Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens

The Cleveland Browns went into last season with very high expectations. After adding Odell Beckham Jr. and Kareem Hunt to an already talent-rich offense, the Browns found themselves elevated from perpetual AFC North bottom-dwellers to potential favorites in the NFL Odds to win it all. Several sports analysts picked the Browns to at least reach the NFL Playoffs; some went as far as picking them to go all the way to the Super Bowl. In the end, Cleveland finished third in the division with a disappointing 6-10 record.

The Browns will be immediately put to the test in NFL Week 1 when they face the reigning MVP Lamar Jackson and The Baltimore Ravens.

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Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens Game Information 

 

Date: Sunday, September 13 – 1:00pm ET

Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD

TV Network: CBS

Live Streaming: NFL Game Pass

Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens Rivalry History

Being in the same division (AFC North), the Browns and Ravens face off twice every year since 1999. The Ravens lead the series 31-11-0. Over those 42 games, the Ravens scored a total of 983 points, while the Browns managed to put 653 points on the board. Maybe a not so curious fact, considering the Browns history, but they have never played against each other in the playoffs.

Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens Last Season Recap

The Browns and Ravens finished splitting the games 1-1. Cleveland rolled into M&T Bank Stadium in Week 4 and left with a 40-25 victory that saw them put up 530 yards while forcing three turnovers.

Baker Mayfield passed for 342 yards, a score and an INT. Nick Chubb ran all over the Baltimore D, racking up 165 yards and three touchdowns.

Cleveland’s defense forced two Lamar Jackson interceptions, four sacks, and two fumbles (one recovered).

That turned out to be Cleveland’s biggest win — and highest-scoring game — of the season. The story was different the second time around.

Baltimore returned the favor when they visited the Browns on their home turf. By Week 16, the Ravens were a different team. They had gone on a 10-game winning streak since the Week 4 loss to Cleveland. Lamar Jackson had already established himself as a frontrunner for the NFL MVP.

In the rematch, Jackson passed for 238 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 103 yards. TE Mark Andrews caught six passes for 93 yards and two scores. The Baltimore defense held Nick Chubb to just 45 rushing yards. Mayfield passed for 192 yards, two touchdowns, and a customary INT.

Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens News & Betting Picks

Dive in even deeper on the Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens matchup with the latest breaking news regarding both teams, including injury reports and what coaches and players are saying. Also, take a look at the individual and unit (Offense/Defense) numbers in recent games.

Cleveland will be thankful to see Myles Garrett return to their lineup after serving a multiple-game suspension last season. Garrett is a stud with a lot of upside. He will strengthen a defensive line that is clearly better with him.

Despite rumors of his departure late last season, the latest Cleveland Browns news confirms that OBJ returns to the receiving corps alongside Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins. If David Njoku remains a Brown, he’ll have to compete with former Falcons tight end Austin Hooper for playing time. Hooper was signed as a free agent in the offseason.

Baker Mayfield, who has developed a habit of throwing interceptions, has received some help up front as the Browns drafted OT Jedrick Wills from Alabama with the 10th pick of the NFL Draft.

The Ravens (14-2) finished the regular season with the best record in the NFL. After losing in Week 3 and 4 to Kansas City and Cleveland, Baltimore won their next 12 games.

Lamar Jackson became a superstar along the way, earning his first NFL MVP in his second season in the league. Jackson became the biggest dual-threat quarterback the world has seen since Falcons-era Mike Vick.

Jackson passed for 3,127 yards and 36 touchdowns while throwing just six interceptions. He led the team with 1,206 rushing yards and scored 7 touchdowns on the ground.

Mark Ingram II ran for 1,018 yards and a team-high 10 touchdowns while averaging five yards per carry.

The Ravens drafted LB Patrick Queen out of LSU with the 28th pick of the draft. Regarding the free-agents action, the best Baltimore Ravens news comes from Denver as they signed DE Derek Wolfe.

Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens Expert Picks

See all of our expert picks for each Week 1 game here.

Cleveland Browns: +8, +240 moneyline, 39 ½ o/u

Baltimore Ravens: -8, -360 moneyline, 39 ½ o/u

Straight Up Pick (Gilad Chudler)

Ravens Look to Dominate Division

Although on paper this game looks like the Ravens should blow the Browns out of the water, keep in mind that Baltimore loss to the Cleveland last season. They ended up witha 14-2 record last year, so this was a major upset.

Although the Ravens lost to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional Round in the postseason, they had the best record in the NFL last season. This year they are one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl.

The Cleveland Browns have struggled in recent years but are slowly improving. They were an 0-16 team just a few short years ago. They finished last season 6-10 but are on an upward trajectory thanks to young quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Despite last year’s upset against Baltimore, Cleveland is going to need a miracle to win its first game of the season. The Ravens should get a relatively easy win this game.

Point Spread Pick (Devlin Duckett)

At 14-2, the Ravens had the best record in the NFL last season, yet didn’t win a single postseason game. The Tennessee Titans ambushed Baltimore on their own field in the divisional playoff round, pounding them 28-12. Reigning MVP Lamar Jackson certainly has much loftier goals in mind for his Ravens this time around. There’s no doubt that the Ravens want to begin the 2020-21 season strongly, having just blown an epic campaign. Baltimore’s offense scored the most points in the NFL (531), by a wide margin, and sported the third-stingiest defense, too. Expect the Ravens to come out throwing haymakers, hoping for an early-round KO against the visiting Browns. 

The issue is that the Browns are just as disappointed and dejected as the Ravens are, if not moreso. Baker Mayfield was hailed as the second coming of Christ, and only succeeded in that he wound up crucified. The Browns went 6-10 and Mayfield looked nothing like the enigmatic leader we saw in his rookie season. Baker should rebound this year, leading Cleveland boldly into the playoff discussion. The Browns added TE Austin Hooper to an offensive arsenal that already includes OBJ, Jarvis Landry, and Nick Chubb. Cleveland’s sagging D will be what costs them the game vs. Baltimore. However, the Browns will cover the spread in an AFC North style shootout. 

It’s Raining Ducketts: Cleveland Browns +7.5 (-110)  

Over/Under Pick (Zack Robinson)

Last season, the Baltimore Ravens averaged 33.2 points per game (led the league) and there’s no indication that QB Lamar Jackson and Co. are planning to decrease their rhythm and intensity on the field.

The Cleveland Browns offensive unit should be ridiculously good, but they were one of the biggest disappointments of the 2019 season. Now, QB Baker Mayfield is hoping to play with the best version of WR Odell Beckham Jr while RB Nick Chubb established as one of the best. Last season Cleveland won 40-25 in Baltimore; go over.

Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens Rundown

Stats

 

Cleveland Browns Baltimore Ravens
2019 Offensive Rankings (per game) 2019 Offensive Rankings (per game)
Points Scored: 20.9 (22nd)

Total Yards: 340.9 (22nd)

Passing Yards: 222.1 (22nd)

Rushing Yards: 118.1 (12th)

Points Scored: 33.2 (1st)

Total Yards: 407.6 (2nd)

Passing Yards: 201.6 (27th)

Rushing Yards: 206 (1st)

2019 Defensive Rankings (per game) 2019 Defensive Rankings (per game)
Points Allowed: 24.6 (20th)

Total Yards Allowed: 361.6 (22nd)

Passing Yards Allowed: 216.9 (7th)

Rushing Yards Allowed: 144.7 (30th)

Points Allowed: 17.6 (3rd)

Total Yards Allowed: 300.6 (4th)

Passing Yards Allowed: 207.2 (6th)

Rushing Yards Allowed: 93.4 (5th)

Trends

Cleveland is 5-15 SU at Baltimore since ‘00

Cleveland is 7-3 ATS at Baltimore since ‘10

Baltimore went 4-6 ATS at home in ‘19

Baltimore is 14-4 SU at home since ‘18

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Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens FAQ

How many times have the Browns beat the Ravens?

11 times in 42 games.

Did the Browns beat the Ravens last year?

Yes, during Week 4 of the 2019 NFL Regular season. The game ended 40-25.

Who is the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback?

Baker Mayfield

Who is the Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback?

Lamar Jackson

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