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As part of the NFL Weekly In-Depth Analysis series we present the clash between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns. This is a 4:25 PM EST game that will be played at FirstEnergy Stadium as the 3-5 Cleveland Browns host the 3-5 Baltimore Ravens. Here are the Vegas odds for the game and what the Sports Unbiased In-Depth Analysis Team believes will occur this Sunday. The writers taking part are: Josh Madas, Mike Santangelo, “Coach” Mike Fabber, John Yeomans, and Chris Pagliuca.
Vegas Odds (Spread and Over-Under): Baltimore minus 2 1/2, 41 u
Chris’ Pick: This game will be similar to their first meeting this year, defensive and relatively low scoring. The reigning super bowl champion Ravens will make the offense of the Browns look even worse than they have over the past few weeks. The Ravens need a win here to stay in playoff contention and I see them being able to pull it out. Ravens-20 Brown- 13
John’s Pick: It might not be the biggest rivalry around, but trust me every Brown fan hates the Ravens with a passion. The Ravens are coming out of there bye week hoping that they can get their running game going, which has been a disaster this year (averaging 2.8 yards per rush). On the other hand the Browns are hoping to end their three game losing streak and have some hope after Jason Campbell played suitably last week (61% completion rate, 293 passing yards, and two touchdowns). Something vital to the Ravens winning is they need to get Ray Rice going ,and against the Browns rush defense that has been falling off (12th against the rush and has allowed nine rushing touchdowns) lately, it looks like the perfect opportunity. I expect a dog fight in the pound but see the Ravens defense led by Terrell Suggs doing just enough to seal the deal. Ravens 14 Browns 13
Coach’s Pick: The defending super bowl champs didn’t think they would be in this position. High hopes are starting to dwindle quickly and another loss could cause all hope to be lost. The Browns had high hopes this year but the QB position has been one heart break after another. This Sunday ones playoff hopes will be dimmed while another will gain hope. Jason Campbell looked good last week versus a tough Kansas City defense and kept them in the game. Joe Flacco Has yet to show he is worth that big contract he signed this past offseason. Flacco has thrown the same amount of TD’s and interceptions. The Browns defense is tough and will pull off the upset, 17 to 14 Browns.
Josh’s Pick: Oh the life of a Cleveland fan. The Browns have shown promise this season, but are a young team that is still learning the ins-and-outs of the league. Josh Gordon has surfaced as a star and would be even better if the Browns could establish their run game. For Cleveland to beat Baltimore, they will need McGahee to play well and open up the field for the passing game.
The same question keeps coming up for Baltimore each week: When will they give their playmakers the ball? Similar to Alex Smith, Joe Flacco is a game manager. He cannot be expected to throw the ball 50 times a game. Players like Ray Rice and Torrey Smith need to get the ball for Baltimore to be effective. If Baltimore can do that, then they are a scary football team for anyone to handle.
Overall, I think Baltimore is the better team in this matchup. However, Cleveland is at home and can surprise teams like the Ravens when given the chance. I am picking the Browns to pull out the upset. Final Score: Cleveland 21 – Baltimore 17
Mike’s Pick: An AFC North divisional clash that is really all about the defense. Cleveland still has one of the best young defenses in the league, even though they sit dead center in the defensive rankings, the growth is there to see. This is not your older brother’s Baltimore defense, but they still list top 10 in all defensive categories. The real distinction here is on offense. Baltimore has a Super Bowl MVP at QB, a superstar running back in Ray Rice, and a fantastic receiver in Torrey Smith. Cleveland has Josh Gordon. I don’t think Cleveland is quite ready to compete for the top of this division yet. Final Score: Ravens 27 – Cleveland 17
There it is, Sports Unbiased has broken down a marquee game in week nine of the NFL season. We have given you analysis, we have given you the odds and we even gave you the possible final score. Trust all the writers, trust a couple of the writers or just trust one. Find you favorites and come back for other editions of the Sports Unbiased marquee matchups. Now go forth and win your office pool, enjoy the game even have some fun on the morning line. Good luck and happy picking. See you next week.
Note: All odds courtesy of Vegas Insider Consensus