Baltimore leads the division with a 7-3 record through 10 games but things could change quickly over the next few weeks. The Ravens will play the Browns twice over the next three games. Cleveland currently sits one game back of the Ravens in the AFC North standings with a 6-5 overall mark.
Can the Browns get back in the division race with a road win over the Ravens on Sunday Night Football?
Huntley leads game-winning drive over BearsBaltimore escaped with a 16-13 victory on the road against the Chicago Bears last week. Justin Tucker kicked three field goals and backup quarterback Tyler Huntley orchestrated a five-play, 72-yard drive with under two minutes remaining to lead the Ravens to victory. Veteran running back Devonta Freeman capped off the game-winning drive with a three-yard touchdown run.
TYLER HUNTLEY.— PFF BAL Ravens (@PFF_Ravens) November 21, 2021
Baltimore got some good news earlier this week, as quarterback Lamar Jackson wasn’t listed on the injury report for Sunday night's contest against the Browns. Jackson was a full participant in every practice this week after missing the Ravens’ win over Chicago with a non-COVID-19 related illness. While the Ravens will have their starting quarterback under center, there are 10 players currently listed as questionable, including four cornerbacks, which could leave them thin in the secondary.
The Ravens have one of the NFL’s toughest remaining schedules with five of their remaining seven games coming against divisional opponents, including two games against both the Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers during that span. Baltimore’s two out-of-division games down the stretch will come against none other than the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams.
On defense, Baltimore has surrendered 23.0 points per game, 18th in the NFL. The Ravens have also given up 369.7 yards of total offense, the eighth-worst mark in the league. However, they’ve been stingy against the run, giving up just 88.6 rushing yards per game, good for second in the NFL.
Browns sneak past Lions to set up AFC North heavyweight fightThe Browns will try to continue trending in the right direction after holding off the winless Detroit Lions last weekend. Baker Mayfield completed 15-of-29 passes for 176 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions while running back Nick Chubb rumbled for 130 yards on the ground in the win.
Baker Mayfield, on walking off the field immediately after the game while his teammates were celebrating the Lions victory. "My guys know, all I care about is winning. But I'm going to be frustrated if I do stuff to make it harder on us. And I did yesterday..." #Browns pic.twitter.com/o3gVvl6usD— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 22, 2021
Cleveland is expected to get some reinforcements back this week. The Browns will be activating running back Kareem Hunt and right tackle Jack Conklin off of injured reserve, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski.
Following a strong start to the season, Mayfield has come under fire in recent weeks. The former No. 1 overall pick has completed a career-high 64 percent of his passes for 2,166 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions this season. While Mayfield is averaging the most yards per attempt of his career, he’s taken 27 sacks and owns a career-low 37.1 QBR, according to ESPN.
On defense, the Browns have given up 22.8 points per game and 316.7 yards of total offense per contest.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Baltimore enters this matchup favored by 3.5 points but with Jackson coming off of a week-long absence due to illness, there is a little bit of added uncertainty surrounding the Ravens in this game. Cleveland has looked awful in recent weeks, so this could very well be a buy-low spot for the Browns, who were embarrassed 45-7 versus the Patriots before squeaking by the Detroit Lions last week. Take the Browns to cover the spread on the road in what should be a playoff-like atmosphere in Baltimore on Sunday.
Full-Game Total Pick
These two teams are projected for only 47 points but given the way that these teams have played on offense as of late, there could be some value on the under in this spot. Cleveland has scored 17 points or fewer in four of its last five games while the Ravens have scored 17 points or fewer in three of their last four contests. While Jackson should be back at 100 percent this week, the Ravens will be up against one of the tougher run defenses in the league in this spot. Take the under in this AFC North clash at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.