The playoff picture is beginning to take shape in the NFL and last weekend looked like the wild west in the AFC.
A divisional matchup between AFC North opponents will take place on Monday Night Football when the Baltimore Ravens hit the road to take on the Cleveland Browns.
Baltimore bounced back with a much-needed win against Dallas last week while the Browns managed to put on a show against a strong Titans team.
Cleveland looks to be in the driver’s seat to lock up the top wildcard spot for their franchise, and Baltimore is on the fritz.
Let’s break down the game between these two divisional opponents and help you determine where you should be placing your money for Monday night.
Baltimore Ravens Betting Preview: A Year From Disaster
While the Ravens came into this season with lofty expectations, they have been entirely underwhelming.
Not to mention, their entire organization got hit by COVID, and multiple strands were running rampant to team members on both sides of the ball.
In one of the toughest divisions in football with one of the most challenging schedules, it is no wonder why their team has regressed overall.
Their rushing attack is not as dominant as it was last season, and their receivers look inconsistent from game to game.
Lamar Jackson is not showing the flashes of MVP that he can be, and it’s head-scratching where it all went.
I think this will be the game to get Jackson going. He has struggled throughout the season, and while this Browns’ defense is good, they are certainly not elite and can give up big yards.
Cleveland Browns Betting Preview: It’s Time to Buy Cleveland Stock
What a difference a year can make. Heck, what a difference a few weeks can make.
It was not too long ago that Baker Mayfield was benched, and we thought Case Keenum might serve this Browns’ roster better at quarterback.
After a big win last week, all eyes are on Cleveland as we close out the rest of the season.
Kevin Stefanski will be a finalist for coach of the year with the job he has done with that roster, and that team has blue-chippers all over the place.
Nick Chubb should stand to have a big game. Ever since he has been back from injury, the Browns have been a completely different offense.
As long as Baker continues to improve and limits his mistakes, there should not be any trouble moving through the rest of their schedule.
Ravens at Browns Betting Odds & Lines
For this game, MyBookie has the Browns as home dogs, with the Ravens favored at -3.
Oddsmakers are not willing to buy into Cleveland yet and think Baltimore is set to continue to right the ship that has been led astray for most of the season.
Free Betting Pick
As much as this looks like a continued right path for Baltimore, I like Cleveland as an underdog here.
They are scrappy and have won close contests all season long. Look for them to take this one late in the fourth quarter.
Spooky Express Free Betting Pick: Cleveland Browns +3