Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns Betting Predictions

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Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns Betting Predictions

Both the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns are seeking redemption for very different reasons this season. Baltimore cruised to the best record in the AFC last year only to be derailed in its first playoff game by Tennessee. Cleveland entered last year with plenty of hype, but struggled all season and missed the playoffs yet again. Both have high hopes of a much better 2020 season, but only one can emerge 1-0. I have a feeling the reigning MVP Lamar Jackson will have something to say about that and lead Baltimore to victory.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns Betting Odds

Baltimore’s offense is centered on the versatility of Jackson, who completed two-thirds of his passes last season for 36 passing touchdowns, more than 3,100 yards and tossing just nine picks. Jackson also got it done with his feet, rushing for 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns. He’ll have plenty of help in the backfield with Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards, but the receiving corps is a question mark. The Ravens still don’t have a true No. 1 receiver and will likely rely on tight end Mark Andrews as their primary target.

Cleveland is not short on offensive weapons for Baker Mayfield, who certainly took a step back in his second season at the helm. Mayfield has no excuses in his third season with a receiving tandem of Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry to go along with tight end Austin Hooper. Nick Chubb leads a strong stable of running backs that includes Kareem Hunt, and the Browns defense should take another step forward this season. Cleveland’s success, though, depends on Mayfield proving he was worthy of being the No. 1 pick and becoming the quarterback the Browns hoped he would be when they drafted him.

The NFL betting sites in New Jersey have made Baltimore a 7.5-point favorite, which I think is actually a bit much in this situation. Cleveland is better than the sportsbooks are giving it credit for right now, so that is going to skew the NFL betting predictions I offer here. I think the Browns score more than 20 points, which you can bet at -104 odds because I think Cleveland is going to challenge the Baltimore secondary and find some success. I expect the total points scored will be more than 51.5 points, which is offered at +130 odds, as both offenses show how far ahead they are than their respective defenses. I also think it will be a tight game, so I’m going to take a risk and instead of taking Cleveland with the points, take Baltimore to win by 1-6 points, which is a bet you can make at +360 odds.

Baltimore Ravens to win

98w3eI think Cleveland is going to be much-improve this year, but I don’t know if it is good enough to go into Baltimore and beat the Ravens in the opener. The Browns defense has to show me it’s better at tackling and can slow down Jackson’s legs as much as it can shut down the passing game. Baltimore’s defense will put a lot of pressure on Mayfield to make good decisions, and he will handle his own. However, I’m still picking the Ravens to win the game at the -375 odds on the moneyline at the New Jersey online sports betting sites.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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