The 0-9 Cleveland Browns travel to Baltimore to take on the 4-4 Ravens in this week’s Thursday night matchup. Cleveland lost their 9th game in a row last week with a 35-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. They have been struggling on both sides of the ball as 4 of their last 5 losses have been by at least 13 points. Baltimore stopped a 4 game losing streak last week with a 21-14 home win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Baltimore had 3 important players return from injuries last week in Left Tackle Ronnie Stanley, Pro Bowl right guard Marshall Yanda, and wide receiver Steve Smith. The victory propelled Baltimore into first place in the AFC North division.
Cleveland struggled on both sides of the ball last week as the offense only produced 248 yards while the defense allowed over 420 yards. Quarterback Cody Kessler played efficiently completing 19 of his 27 passes for 203 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. He was also sacked 4 times for a loss of 26 yards. His favorite target was Isaiah Crowell who had 4 catches for 63 yards. They really struggled running the ball gaining only 45 yards on 13 carries. Duke Johnson led the team with 30 yards on 5 carries. Over all the offense had 1 play that went for more then 20 yards. Defensively, They gave up 5 touchdowns, did not force a turnover and weren’t able to sack Dak Prescott. They gave up 168 rushing yards on 42 carries and 255 receiving yards on 22 receptions. Overall they gave given up at least 28 points in their last 5 games.
Baltimore played well on both sides of the ball in their victory over Pittsburgh last week. The defense limited Pittsburgh to 300 total yards of offense including just 36 rushing yards on 18 carries. The Steelers had only 1 running play gain more then 4 yards. They sacked Roethlisberger twice for a loss of 23 yards and intercepted him once. Offensively, Joe Flacco had a mixed day as he completed 18 of his 30 passes for 241 yards and 1 touchdown with 1 interception. His favorite target was Mike Wallace who had 124 receiving yards and a touchdown on just 4 receptions. They struggled with the rush, as they were only able to gain 50 yards on 29 carries, which is an average of 1.7 yards per carry. Flacco was also sacked 3 times for a loss of 26 yards.
Cleveland has gone 2-7 against the spread this season including 2-3 on the road. Baltimore is 3-5 against the spread this season but is 3-2 as the favorite. Baltimore is favored by 10 points in this game and has the benefit of home field advantage. These two teams met twice last and each earned a victory. The Ravens have been very streaky this season as they won their first 3 games before losing the next 4.
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