Don’t worry, NFL fans.
Not only do we no longer have to endure the hilariously inept replacement officials, but this is also the only time we’ll be forced to watch the Cleveland Browns.
This is the Browns’ only primetime game this season, and they’re big underdogs at Baltimore, a place that’s been nearly impossible for opponents to win since John Harbaugh took over.
What follows is a breakdown of the point spread for the game, with news, notes, quotes and anecdotes to help you make your bets.
Keep in mind: The “edge” is merely a suggestion, and not something we necessarily recommend playing.
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BROWNS AT RAVENS, 8:20 P.M. ET
OPENING POINT SPREAD: Baltimore -12 | CURRENT: Baltimore -12 | OVER/UNDER: 43.5 | TV: NFL
SUMMARY: This point spread opened at 12, and then almost immediately shot up to 13 at pretty much every sportsbook before settling back at the current number. No surprise here, but SportsInsights says about 70 percent of bettors are on the Ravens, meaning some of the bigger money is keeping this spread where it is. Baltimore has won eight straight in this series dating back to 2007, when the Browns took both regular-season meetings.
STORYLINES: Not only have the Ravens been winning in this rivalry, they’ve also been killing it against the spread, posting a 6-2 ATS mark over the past four seasons. All six covers were also double-digit victories.
The Browns only won one game last year on the road but posted a 5-3 ATS record, while the Ravens are 30-5 straight-up at home since coach John Harbaugh took over but only 19-15-1 ATS.
Coming off a dramatic last-second win against the Patriots—one of Baltimore’s main threats in the AFC—and playing on a short week, is there any danger of a “let-down game” for the Ravens?
“We have to let this one go right now,” cornerback Lardarius Webb told the Associated Press. “We have to move on.”
The total opened at 45 but is dropping, as most bettors are expecting a sloppy effort and not much offense from the downtrodden Browns.
But all three Baltimore games have gone over the total this year, as Joe Flacco (304 passing yards per game) and Ray Rice (5.8 yards per carry) are both adapting well to the team’s new up-tempo style.
EDGE: This is probably a great survivor pool pick and nothing more. It’s a lot of points to lay with Baltimore, a team that could have trouble getting up only four days after exacting revenge against New England. We’ll take the points with Cleveland in a “hide your eyes” type of bet, but this is much more of a stay-away game than anything.