Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns Preview (12/17/22): Betting Odds, Prediction, Depth Chart

The Baltimore Ravens visit the Cleveland Browns in Week 15 of the 2022-23 NFL Season. The Ravens are coming off a very close win against the Steelers, while the Browns lost in a game that wasn’t that close to the Bengals. This game should be interesting for the pecking order of the AFC North, especially for the Ravens. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns Betting Odds

The Cleveland Browns are 3-point home favorites this week against the Baltimore Ravens and are at -150 on the money line. The over/under is also at 38.5. Cleveland being favored makes sense because they are at home and there’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding who’s playing quarterback for the Ravens. The over/under also makes sense because these two offenses are struggling recently and the defenses are playing very well. This spread might move a bit based around who is named quarterback for the Ravens this weekend.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns Prediction

Prediction: Browns -3

The Browns don’t have much to play for the rest of this season, but they can still compete and they are going to want to continue to help Deshaun Watson get acclimated more and more after all his time off. He has talent, but just hasn’t shown it yet this year because of all the rust from the time off. The Browns also have the best combination of running backs in the NFL with both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Amari Cooper has also been a standout this year in the receiving corps. The offense averages 23 points and 381 total yards a game for this year. The defense has been underwhelming this year.

Myles Garrett is the obvious standout on the defensive line, while Denzel Ward is the standout in the secondary. They have a decent matchup here because the Ravens don’t know who’s going to play at quarterback for them. The Ravens have had quarterback issues recently with injuries. Lamar Jackson is injured with a sprained knee, while Tyler Huntley is in concussion protocol, so Anthony Brown might be in line to start his first NFL game. He does have Mark Andrews as a reliable target too. The Baltimore defense has stepped up a ton and that’s thanks to Roquan Smith at linebacker and a great secondary lead by Marlon Humphrey too. The Browns are the better pick here because the injury bug has hit the Ravens and there’s too much uncertainty on offense because of it.

Betting Trends

Ravens are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games.

Browns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.

Key Injuries

Baltimore Ravens Injuries: QB Tyler Huntley (Concussion) Q, G Kevin Zeitler (Knee) Q

Cleveland Browns Injuries: LB Sione Takitaki (ACL) O, WR Anthony Schwartz (Concussion) O

Key Matchups

Check out the key matchups and mismatches for Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns below.

Nick Chubb vs the Ravens Front Seven

Nick Chubb has been having a great season for the Browns. He has 231 carries, 1,153 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns on the year. He’s also done all that while also sharing carries with Kareem Hunt. The Ravens are very good against the run and allow 81 rushing yards a game. This will be a tough matchup for Chubb, but look for the Browns to continue to focus a ton on getting him touches, especially by still working in Watson from the rust he’s had.

J.K. Dobbins vs the Browns Front Seven

J.K. Dobbins just came back for the Ravens and is in prime position to help a ton down the stretch. He has 50 carries, 243 rushing yards, and two rushing touchdowns on the year. He’s the lead back in a very crowded running back room for the Ravens. The Browns allow 128 rushing yards a game which is a great matchup for Dobbins to take advantage of. Dobbins needs to have a big game here in order for the Ravens to have a chance here, especially with the injuries they have at quarterback.

Baltimore Ravens Depth Chart

QB: Tyler Huntley
RB1: J.K. Dobbins
RB2: Gus Edwards
LWR: Devin Duvernay
RWR: Demarcus Robinson
SWR: James Proche II
TE1: Mark Andrews

Cleveland Browns Depth Chart

QB: Deshaun Watson
RB1: Nick Chubb
RB2: Kareem Hunt
LWR: Donovan Peoples-Jones
RWR: Amari Cooper
SWR: David Bell
TE1: David Njoku

Jake Faigus, graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minored in sports management. He wrote for The Daily Wildcat, as well as the Arizona Fansided blog, Zona Zealots. He currently writes for Aaron Torres Media and runs social media for BracketFanatics.

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