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Browns Ravens Betting Predictions – Ravens Look To Avoid Another Letdown This Thursday Versus Browns

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/24/2012 6:37:22 PM

The Baltimore Ravens survived what was easily the worst officiated game by the replacement referees so far with a 31-30 win over the New England Patriots. Avoiding another letdown following an emotional win could be an even tougher test. The Ravens developed a reputation for following up big wins with unexpected losses a year ago, following up wins over the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans with losses to the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Seattle Seahawks. Head coach Jon Harbaugh watched his team follow up a big win over the Cincinnati Bengals with a loss at the Philadelphia Eagles the following week to open this season. Now after another big win over the Patriots, it will be interesting to see what happens when Baltimore hosts the Cleveland Browns on a short sports betting week.

Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens
Thursday September 27, 2012 – 8:20 PM ET
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
NFL Betting Line: Baltimore Ravens - 12

The Browns are 0-3 and sinking fast in the AFC North, and another loss could lead to major changes. Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden was taken to be the No. 1 now and win games for a Cleveland franchise that has been starved for success, but three touchdowns compared to six interceptions through three games is a clear indication of where he is at right now.

NFL Betting Preview: Cleveland Browns

The Browns took Weeden in the first round despite that he is already 28-years old, so there won’t be as much time for him to figure things out. It’s hard not to point out his interception late in week one as being the difference between a win and a loss to the Eagles, and it hasn’t gotten any prettier through back-to-back losses to the Bengals and Buffalo Bills. Fortunately for Cleveland fans, it doesn’t all look bad in terms of their first round picks from a year ago. Running back Trent Richardson has worked his way back from injury and has rushed for an average of 3.5 yards per carry with two scores, even though opposing defenses are bearing down on the line of scrimmage to force the issue.

NFL Betting Preview: Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens will be all over Weeden from the opening whistle as they look to collapse the pocket and force the rookie to throw the ball. Baltimore’s defense can be suffocating at its best, and defensive coordinator Dean Pees is a master at dialing up blitzes and knowing where the play will go. The Ravens’ offense has looked good through three games with Joe Flacco throwing for 913 yards and six touchdowns, while running back Ray Rice has rushed for 268 yards and three scores while also doing some damage in the passing game. Baltimore has all of the tools on offense to be a top-10 unit in the NFL, it will simply be about putting them all together for a sustained level of success.

NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

For as high as this number is on a short week, the Browns really haven’t shown anything to influence the online sportsbook workers to bring it down. Cleveland has been outplayed in consecutive losses to lesser teams than the Ravens, and now have to play in a hostile environment against a team that is well aware of its past letdowns and looking to play with a lot more urgency and get it done at home.

NFL Betting Pick: Baltimore Ravens

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