Ravens vs. Browns Week 15 matchup preview and current betting lines
The Baltimore Ravens (9-4) are trying to sweep the Cleveland Browns (5-8) as they try to keep pace with the Bengals in the AFC North. They are going to have to do it without Lamar Jackson again as the quarterback is still out with a PCL injury. Tyler Huntley left last week’s 16-14 win in Pittsburgh with a concussion, but he is progressing well in recovery and is expected to get the start again.
Huntley’s seven major appearances have been decided by a grand total of 13 points, so things are always super close when he is the quarterback. Close would be nice for the Browns, who lost 23-10 to the Bengals last week, snapping head coach Kevin Stefanski’s 5-0 record against the Bengals.
It was the first start of the rivalry for Deshaun Watson, who has struggled in his first two games back in the NFL. He has been intercepted both weeks, but most importantly, he has only led one touchdown drive in eight quarters. Even Nick Chubb was shut down in Cincinnati last week with 34 rushing yards.
The Ravens have the run game and defense to survive games like this with a backup quarterback in action. The Browns have to work things out with Watson, but they really have little to play for at this point. Baltimore still has everything to play for.
The NFL Week 15 odds have the Browns as a 3-point home favorite with a total of 38 points.
Players to watch in the Ravens vs. Browns game
Mark Andrews: Is it time for one of the top tight ends to step up? Andrews has a touchdown in five of his last seven against Cleveland, but he didn’t have a catch in Week 7. It did not help that the Ravens had nine completions, but he has to get going. He caught a touchdown and went over 100 yards with Huntley as his quarterback in Cleveland last season. We’ll see if he can get back to finding the end zone in this one. Andrews has not scored a touchdown since Week 6.
Nick Chubb: Can the Browns get their best offensive player going? Since Watson took over at quarterback, Chubb has gone scoreless in two straight games for the first time this year. He only averages 60.8 yards per game against Baltimore, one of his toughest opponents. But to help Watson out, the Browns need more from Chubb.
Our Best NFL Bets for the Ravens vs. Browns game
We have two NFL Week 15 predictions as the Ravens look to get a 10th win and sweep the Browns.
Ravens vs. Browns Point Spread Pick: Ravens +3 (-115)
The Ravens vs. Browns spread opened with the Ravens as a 2.5-point road underdog. The line has gone up to Browns -3 at many sportsbooks.
Tyler Huntley has seven games for the Ravens where he started or threw at least 30 passes. Here is the scoring differential in those games: 1, 2, 3, 1, 1, 3, and 2.
It’s like he is contractually obligated to keep it close, as are the 2022 Ravens. We know this team has blown four double-digit leads after halftime. The Ravens played a lot of close games last year too, including a 24-22 loss in Cleveland when Jackson was injured for the remainder of the season.
Huntley did his best that day to make it close, but after the Ravens recovered an onside kick, he was unable to get another first down to get Justin Tucker in range for the win.
When these teams met in Week 7, the Ravens were able to sack Jacoby Brissett five times and block a late field goal that would have tied the game. But the most hopeful takeaway from that game is that the Ravens scored 23 points and won when Jackson only completed 9-of-16 passes for 120 yards while taking three sacks and rushing for 59 yards.
If Baltimore can get by Cleveland with meager quarterback production like that, then they can do it again with Huntley, who could even do better than those numbers if given the chance. The Browns still look unsorted with Watson under center, and Huntley has more experience in his offense than Watson does in his. The Ravens also have the better defense and more to play for here. Take the Ravens to at least cover, if not win outright for your NFL bet of the week.
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Ravens Prop: J.K. Dobbins Over 48.5 Rushing Yards (-115)
Dobbins returned for his first game since Week 6 and had the third 100-yard rushing game of his career. Even if you remove the 44-yard run where he was tackled short of the end zone, he still had 76 yards on a good day of running for the Ravens.
We know the Ravens are going to lean on the run in this one, and the Browns rank 22nd in rushing yards allowed (26th in yards per carry). This is not a good run defense by any means. Even Joe Mixon popped a 40-yard run last week for the Bengals.
Dobbins does not have all his speed back from his pre-injury days, but he has the vision and opportunity to rush for 50 yards to hit his over here.bet on NFL with draftkings >
Frequently asked questions about the Ravens vs. Browns game in Week 15
The game is being played at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
Since 2008, John Harbaugh’s Ravens are 24-5 SU and 18-10-1 ATS against the Browns. As an underdog, Harbaugh is 3-0 ATS against Cleveland. As an underdog or favorite of no more than 4 points, Harbaugh is 9-2-1 ATS.
Since 2019 without Lamar Jackson, the Ravens are 3-5 SU. Only two of the losses were by more than a field goal, and half of the eight games were against rival Pittsburgh.