Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns Preview, Prediction, Where to Watch


Sep 21, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Terrance West (28) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) and outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (58) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Week 15: Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns

When: Sunday, 12/28/2014 at 1:00 p.m.

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Live Stream:

Radio: 98 Rock, Sirius XM

Local Radio Crew: Gerry Sandusky, Stan White, Qadry Ismail

TV: CBS (coverage map)

TV Crew: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

Preview:  The Ravens wrap up their 2014 season at home this week against their division rival Cleveland Browns.  Whether this also means the end of football this season for the Ravens depends on more than just the outcome of this game, as Baltimore must win and see a Chiefs win over the Chargers if they hope to qualify for the postseason.

Meanwhile, the resurgent Browns have already had their best season since 2007 regardless of what happens Sunday.  While they have been eliminated from playoff contention, the Browns are very much unlikely to simply lie down and give up against their division foe this week as they seek to end the season on a high note.

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The Ravens took the first game between these two teams back in September with a 23-21 victory in Cleveland.  The Ravens have historically dominated the matchup, holding a 23-8 all time advantage.  But the both teams have been quite hot and cold this year, struggling to find consistency on both sides of the ball.

The Browns are battling injuries at the quarterback position, losing first round rookie Johnny Manziel last week following two disappointing performances.  Prior starter Brian Hoyer suffered a shoulder injury as well, and his status is unclear for Sunday. The Browns may be forced to roll out undrafted rookie Conner Shaw, or recent free agent signee Tyler Thigpen.

The Ravens were manhandled last week in Houston, but expect them to bounce back at home this week as they are motivated to do their part in securing a playoff spot.  They should be able to exploit Cleveland’s 32nd ranked run defense and get their stumbling offense back on track this week, and hopefully continue riding it into the playoffs.

Betting Line: Ravens -10, 41 1/2u -10

Prediction: Ravens 27, Browns 21