When the Browns (6-5) face Raven (7-3) in the penultimate game of week 12 NFL on “Sunday Night Football” (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC), one team will look to take control. control the AFC North while the other will try to stay alive in the division.
Cleveland and Baltimore played behind Pittsburgh and Cincinnati earlier in the day by little difference from first and last. That makes every match in the AFC North an unpredictable crossover, as the Steelers and Bengals have also had a tight grip.
The Browns have quarterback Baker Mayfield facing multiple injuries and that’s for his supporting cast, but he’ll be boosted by a rerun of Kareem Hunt and a quick tackle on Jack Conklin’s return from the reserve team. Injured to help Nick Chubb, Jarvis Landry, who finished tight and the rest of the attack line. Team Raven will bring Lamar Jackson (sick) back to lead the attack and possibly also top receiver Marquise Brown (with thigh problem).
Here’s everything there is to know about Browns vs. Ravens in Week 12, including our updated odds, trends and predictions for “Sunday Night Football”.
Browns vs Ravens Odds for Sunday Night Football
- Transmitted: Crow equals 3.5
- On lower: 47
- Moneyine: Fawn +165, Crow -186
Raven got four favorites at the start of the week but the spread has been cut a bit based on the Browns getting healthier in the running game versus the healthier Ravens in the passing game. The total score is about average.
(betting odds per FanDuel Sportsbook)
The All Time Series Browns vs. Ravens
Team Raven, who were the previous Browns in the NFL, were 33-11 dominant over the new Browns. The Ravens have won three games in a row to give them an edge with their most recent win over the Browns in 2019. The Ravens also have four of the run and nine of 11 in the contest.
Three trends to know
—57 percent of spread bettors think that Raven will be interested in small numbers in their favor despite some holes in the house and a bit of volatility because of their weakness.
—55 percent of over/under bets prefer a game with a modest under-total score since the defense is still quite strong and offenses are limited in different ways.
—The Browns Army is 4-6 on the odds and 6-4 straight in their past 10 games with a combined scoreline over half of them. The Ravens are also on 4-6 ATS in their past 10 games, with a score of 7-3 SU. The total also increased by more than half.
Three things to see
Mark Andrews needs to continue playing for the Ravens across the pitch with injuries spilling over into the broad ranks once again The Browns have had some trouble defending their spot this season. On the other hand, the large and athletic Austin Hooper could pose a problem for Raven’s post-seventh coverage. Both teams need to make good use of this match.
Lamar, sharper or rusty?
Jackson didn’t get a chance to confront the Bears with Tyler Huntley filling in very well in the win. He’s had a great season running and throwing on the pitch, but he’s missed a number of throws over the past few weeks. Perhaps the mid-season break will help him rejuvenate to play with more precision and agility. Or it may take a while for him to get back into rhythm. The Ravens wanted a quick start to make things more difficult on the Browns. Raven didn’t want to operate from the back like they’ve done so often this season.
Mayfield is healing?
The Browns’ quarterback has been battling a number of injuries and has overcome them. Mayfield is a tough gamer and has had to hear criticism questioning his future once again. Expect him to play one of his best games when the Browns need it most, but will it be enough to overtake Jackson?
30.5 percent. That’s the third decrease in frequency of anti-conversion violations about Raven’s defense. Baltimore is the league number 1 in those situations, making up for some defensive mistakes in other areas. The team has been even tougher in the past three games. The Browns have struggled to keep the series running all season long when they haven’t made big plays.
Prediction of the Browns vs. Ravens
The Browns will be pumped to play better with their pounding attacks and Mayfield tends to get hot-tempered at this point of the season. The Raven will welcome back Jackson, filmed and laid to rest and adjusted to the ground, then taking advantage of the air. Jackson is playing at the MVP level, Mayfield is not; they will meet somewhere in the middle here.
Raven 24, Browns 21