Browns vs. Ravens NFL Week 12 Picks: Arguments for Both Sides of the SNF Spread

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Mark Andrews #89 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with Marquise Brown #5. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP.

That time of year, Thanksgiving where all of the memories of your past come at you in one depressing tryptophan-induced wave. This tracks because this Sunday’s Sunday Night Football game is the Cleveland Browns taking on the Baltimore Ravens.

And while my narrative may be a bit of a stretch since this game is taking place in Baltimore and not in Cleveland, it’s still apt enough that you can trust my opinion for the next few hundred words. Let’s see the NFL odds.

Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens

Sunday, November 28, 2021 – 08:20 PM EST at M&T Bank Stadium

This game is a tossup… literally. Per our friends over at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review), the spread (Cleveland +3.5 or Baltimore -3.5 ) is set at -108 apiece! The same can be said for the O/U which is 45.5 If you’re a Cleveland Browns fan, right now you are looking at that and not the fact that you’re a +165 underdog on the money line… cause right now our friends in Las Vegas think you have a bit of a shot.

And it makes sense when you look at an underperforming Ravens team that’s 2-2 in their last four, as they barely eked out wins against the Bears in week 11 and the Vikings in week nine. While the week 11 loss came when Ravens star Quarterback Lamar Jackson with a non-specified illness, you gotta wonder as we head deeper into the week that the MVP caliber star won’t make it to the field Sunday night. 

Four of the last five weeks the Ravens have not had a receiver with over 100 yards in a game, which means Cleveland may be able to stifle any deep ball threats on Sunday and focus on controlling the short-yardage game and minimizing the chance Jackson has to break off a 10-15 yard run and help his offense. 

With limited options at running back and receiver, the Ravens offense still has hope in facing a Browns defense that has given up a division high 251 points this season against 244 points scored by the Browns offense this year.  And yet, The Ravens are the 2nd seed in the AFC and right now looking at a first-round playoff bye as they look to go 8-3 on Sunday night.

 

Don’t count the home of Drew Carey just yet my dear sweet readers, because the Browns defense is top 10 in both passing and rushing yards, with the caveat of being fourth in yards per game this season at (316.7) it could be a REALLY bad time for anyone who roots for the Ravens.

Back to reality. Right now, this game is anyone's to lose and not win. But if you’re looking to lay down some cash and put it towards a solid gold boat, I think we can do something. Right now, if I were you, I’d take the Ravens -3.5, because the Browns' defense may be tremendous, but the Browns' offense has been on a slow decline this season and has not truly found its voice.

Donovan Peoples-Jones #11 of the Cleveland Browns reacts after making a catch. Kirk Irwin/Getty Images/AFP.

When you enter into Baker Mayfield’s honeymoon period coming to a loud and anxiety-riddled end losing the three of his last five and barely beating Detroit on the back of Dan Campbell doing Dan Campbell things last week. 

NFL Pick: Ravens- 3.5 (-108) with Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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