Cleveland vs Baltimore: NFL Rivalry Battle Closes NFL Week 12 Action
Browns 2015 season gives Mistake by the Lake personification
With all due respect to the fine folks in Cleveland, the Browns 2015 NFL season has not helped the reputation of a City that hasn’t won a professional sports championship since 1964. On their way to an eighth straight losing season, Cleveland actually appeared to be turning a corner after they battled hard from Week 2 through Week 6. The Browns went 2-3 during that stretch with two of the losses being by just three points including a 26-23 OT loss to the 9-2 Denver Broncos. It’s been all downhill since though as injuries and a lack of talent have caught up to the Brownies and they have lost their last four games by a 119-45 margin. In fairness, three of those games were on the road and the slate included games against Arizona, at Cincinnati and at Pittsburgh – who are all contending for a playoff spot. The Browns scoring north of 30 points would not surprise us.
Battered and bruised Baltimore Ravens play out the string on an injury plagued season
Mirror opposite to the Browns, Baltimore is facing their first losing season since they went 5-11 back in 2007. Infested by the injury bug, Baltimore will take to the field without QB Joe Flacco, RB Justin Forsett and WR Steve Smith in their lineup tonight. Replacing their three best weapons on offence, the Ravens will trot out QB Matt Schaub, RB Buck Allen and WR Chris Givens. This is rough landing spot for all three players that’s even more troublesome as standout LT Eugene Monroe joins LG Kelechi Osemele on the shelf tonight. Jimmy “Santa” Clausen may even make an appearance tonight as he was just claimed off waivers to back up Schaub. To top it all off, the Ravens secondary is still underwhelming and they don’t get to face Johnny “Train Wreck” Manziel who has partied his way back the curb in Cleveland. With nothing to lose – we expect the Ravens will be creative.
Ravens vs Browns NFL Week 12 Prediction: Coming off their bye week, Cleveland has injury issues of their own as DB Joe Haden will miss a third straight game tonight. These teams played a highly entertaining contest back in Week 5 as Cleveland went into Baltimore and escaped with a 33-30 overtime victory. The Ravens have ruled the roost as they are 13-2 during the last 15 meetings of this AFC North series. That said, this is an instant where you don’t want to put any stock into recent history. Browns QB Josh McCown, WR Travis Benjamin and TE Gary Barnidge are better than any player the Ravens are starting at the same critical positions. With apologies for sounding like a negative-Nelly in the opening – a wide open and entertaining contest would not surprise us here. Give us the Browns money line and the OVER with a 300 unit parlay ticket on the NFL Week 12 wagering lines posted on betting board at SportsInteraction.
Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns – SportsInteraction NFL 2015 Week 12 Betting Odds
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