The Baltimore Ravens are tied atop the AFC North with the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh, but the team has a chance to take a one game lead on Cleveland by winning in Week 4.
Lamar Jackson and the Ravens certainly want to make up for Week 3’s overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts, but they do find themselves as underdogs in Week 4.
Cleveland pulled off a nice win against the Tennessee Titans last week, but I’m still concerned about the team’s offense long term with Nick Chubb (knee) out for the season.
Can Deshaun Watson beat a Ravens defense that is second in the NFL in yards per play allowed this season?
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Ravens vs. Browns odds, spread and total NFL Week 4
Ravens vs. Browns betting trends
- The Browns are 2-1 against the spread this season.
- The Ravens are 2-1 against the spread this season.
- Lamar Jackson is 9-4 outright as an underdog in his NFL career.
- The UNDER is 2-1 in both the Ravens and Browns three games this season.
Ravens vs. Browns injury reports
Baltimore Ravens injury report
- Odell Beckham Jr. – questionable, ankle
- Justice Hill – questionable, foot
- Marlon Humphrey – questionable, foot
- Tyler Lindebaum – questionable, ankle
- Odafe Oweh – questionable, ankle
- Ronnie Stanley – questionable, knee
- Marcus Williams – questionable, pectoral
- Gus Edwards – questionable, concussion
- Geno Stone – questionable, ribs
- Rashod Bateman – questionable, hamstring
- David Ojabo – questionable, ankle
Cleveland Browns injury report
- James Hudson – questionable, ankle
- Greg Newsome II – questionable, elbow
Ravens vs. Browns how to watch
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 1
- Game Time: 1 p.m. EST
- Venue: Cleveland Browns Stadium
- How to Watch (TV): CBS
- Baltimore Ravens Record: 2-1
- Cleveland Browns Record: 2-1
Ravens vs. Browns key players to watch
Melvin Gordon III: With Justice Hill and Gus Edwards out, Melvin Gordon III may take over as the lead back for the Ravens. In Week 3, Gordon tallied 10 carries for 32 yards. He’ll be in for a tough matchup with Cleveland’s No. 1 defense.
Zay Flowers: Through three games, Flowers has been the No. 1 option for the Ravens on the outside, catching 21 passes for 188 yards. He should be in line for another big workload if one – or both – of Rashod Bateman and Odell Beckham Jr. can’t go.
Deshaun Watson: This is all about Deshaun Watson. He played well in Week 3 against Tennessee, but the veteran quarterback is going to have to carry this offense with Chubb done for the season. This is a big test to see if he can do just that.
Ravens vs. Browns prediction and pick
The Browns are the No. 1 defense in the NFL in terms of yards per play while the Ravens are No. 2, but I trust Jackson and Baltimore to bounce back in this spot.
In his NFL career, Jackson is 16-4 against the spread as an underdog or a favorite of three or fewer points in the regular season. He’s been terrific at covering in these games, and he already won outright in this same type of spot against the Cincinnati Bengals.
As good as the Browns have been on defense, the offense has been very hit or miss. Watson has struggled at times, completing less than 56.0 percent of his passes in the first two games of the season.
He did carve up Tennessee, but Baltimore is going to be a tougher test, especially if the team gets some key players like Odafe Oweh or Marlon Humphrey back in the lineup.
I expect this to be a close game, so I’ll take the points with Lamar and this crazy Ravens trend.
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