Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens Matchup Preview (9/13/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream

The Browns and Ravens have been an extremely entertaining watch in their last two meetings. Cleveland and their loaded offense headed by the likes of Odell Beckham, Nick Chubb, and Baker Mayfield will look to keep up with the efficiency and explosiveness of Lamar Jackson.  Last year the Browns were only one of two teams the Ravens fell to in the regular season, this could be a gargantuan win for the Browns if they can once again upset the Ravens. Meanwhile, the Ravens will look to put the last-year playoff disappointment behind them and start off their season with a win in hopes of once again contending for a Super Bowl.

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, September 13th, 2020
Time: 1:05 PM ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, Maryland
TV Coverage: CBS

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Baltimore Ravens Analysis

Baltimore RavensThe Ravens are coming off of an amazing 14-2 campaign and want to set the pace early in hopes of another division win. However, they will be facing one of the two teams that were able to get the better of them in a regular-season game in the Cleveland Browns. Lamar Jackson will have to bring his MVP level of play if they are going to win this one over the Browns.

Looking at the offensive game first, the Ravens will be returning almost all of their starters from a year ago, minus the Hall of Fame guard Marshal Yanda. While this is a blow, I think that the Ravens have no trouble returning to their extremely efficient form. With a year of chemistry under their belt and a healthy offseason, I see the biggest difference being the connection between Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown and Lamar Jackson. If these two can build on what they had last year there may be no stopping this offense.

In the run game, they added JK Dobbins with a second-round pick. With Ingram aging this gives them another option, a collegiate star and arguably 1st round talent, to split the load with the veteran back. The explosiveness of Lamar, Dobbins, and Hollywood on any given down is scary for any opponent.

As mentioned with Yanda’s retirement, the offensive line is really the only worry for the Ravens’ offense. How they are able to deal with the stellar front-4 of the Browns will go a long way in determining who wins this game. If they can slow down Myles Garrett and not let him disrupt the game in the backfield the Ravens should put up huge points in this game.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Ravens had a ton of turnover. First-round pick Patrick Queen will be now heading the middle of the defense at MLB. Then on the defensive line the Ravens traded for stud DE Calais Campbell from the Jaguars and signed Derek Wolfe from Denver. This front 7 will have a lot on their plate dealing with both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Two different styles of backs that can both pull off explosive plays.

In the secondary Tavon Young and Marcus Peters will have to somehow slow down the dynamic duo of Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.. In my opinion, the best way that the Ravens can stop the passing game will be to get to Baker Mayfield. However, first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski knows this and this will be quite the game within the game in this Week 1 matchup.

Depth Chart

QB: Lamar Jackson
RB1: Mark Ingram
RB2: J.K. Dobbins
WR1: Marquise Brown
WR2: Willie Snead
WR3: Miles Boykin
TE: Mark Andrews

Cleveland Browns Analysis

Cleveland BrownsThe polar opposite of the Ravens, Cleveland is coming off of an extremely disappointing 2019. The Browns had loads of hype going into the season and failed at really every part of the game. Many blame the coaching for that, and it will be interesting how ex-Vikings’ offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski changes things. He brings with him a run-heavy offense that focuses on play-action and explosive passing plays down the field. The Browns seem like the perfect offense to bring this system to.

When it comes to offensive talent the Browns could possibly have the most talented roster in the game. The signing of Jack Conklin and drafting of Jedrick Wills Jr. paired up with veterans Wyatt Teller, Joel Bitoniko, and JC Tretter has the potential to be top 10 material in both run and pass protection. In the backfield, they have the best one-two combo in the game with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Chubb being able to handle the bulk of the work on the ground, and Hunt is an explosive back who is great at pass-catching. Austin Hooper adds to the pass-catching options at TE. Last, but not least, Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. are both healthy and ready to make plays.

It all comes down to Baker Mayfield. We have seen Baker do it. He did it in college and he did it his rookie year: he has the ability to win games and be a great QB. It will all come down to him hitting his throws on the big play opportunities, and with Beckham now fully healthy, the pressure is all on Mayfield to perform.

As mentioned Baltimore has a nasty front line. The Browns’ offensive line giving Baker time or Stefanski designing play-action and rollouts to give Mayfield space will be absolutely key in this game. It will also be extremely interesting to see if Chubb and Hunt get going in this game with the stout front-7 of the Ravens trying to stop them.

On the defensive side of the ball for the Browns, the key loss was Christian Kirksey in free agency; however, they have a good defense. The Browns bring one of the best front-4s in the game, a decent linebacking core, and an extremely fast, young, and talented cornerback group. However, stopping Lamar Jackson is obviously the key to victory.

Using a spy may not even be enough to stop Lamar from huge runs. Having the edge rushers of Vernon and Garrett playing contain, while seemingly a waste of their pass-rushing ability, maybe the solution to keeping Jackson in the pocket and forcing him to throw. While there are a lot of interesting matchups in this game, stopping Lamar Jackson has to be #1 on the priority list before you even think about winning the game.

Depth Chart

QB: Baker Mayfield
RB1: Nick Chubb
RB2: Kareem Hunt
WR1: Odell Beckham Jr.
WR2: Jarvis Landry
WR3: Rashard Higgins
TE: Austin Hooper

Betting Corner

Lines:
Spread: Ravens -8.5
Moneyline: Ravens -380
Over/Under: 48.5

Picks:
Spread: Browns
Moneyline: Browns
Over/Under: Under

The line has not shifted much since opening up at -9 to the Baltimore Ravens. However, after rewatching both matchups last year, in which I think the Browns were less talented than this year and Ravens more or equally talented than this year, I really believe in the Browns to pull off this upset. It will take playing keep away from Lamar Jackson, similarly to the Titans’ victory over the Ravens in the playoffs; but I think Stefanski’s offense is perfectly built for that. The Browns do not have to slow Lamar down as much if he never has the ball and the Browns chew up clock.

I see a lower-scoring game and the surprise upset of the week coming here. 21-20 Browns.

Daily Fantasy

Lamar Jackson: Stay away! I think there are plenty of other QBs like Wilson vs ATL who are $1,100 cheaper on DK and I project to outscore Jackson. Jackson of course will always give you that base set of points due to his ability to run the ball. However, at what cost? If you can somehow build a roster where you can spend $8,100 on Lamar, then you have to be relying on him to go off in order to win you your cash contest or even your GPP. I am not in on Lamar this week in any format.

Marquise Brown: While I do not love Lamar, I can very easily see Brown having a decent week. He is nicely priced at $5,100 and while I like other players more this week and for slightly cheaper price points, I am not going to tell you to avoid Hollywood at all costs. He should not be a high percentage own this week and could be a decent play.

Odell Beckham Jr.: At $5,900 OBJ is as cheap as he will ever be due to his name value. This is a total GPP play that I do not love in cash games. However, if OBJ gets used like Diggs did in Minnesota last year, then he could easily end this game with a couple of TDs and 100+ yards. I see him very much as a boom or bust pick this week, but he is rather cheap for the ceiling that he has.

Mark Ingram: If things turn out differently than I expect them to, then Ingram is a great play, but even if Cleveland controls the ball and Baltimore gets upset Ingram will still have value and should score at least a TD this game. While JK Dobbins will get some carries, early on in the season I foresee Ingram holding onto the starting role and getting the majority of carries. $5,500 is a great price for Baltimore’s lead back any week.

Matthew Amato is a UC Berkeley Economics and Philosophy graduate. Matthew follows and writes about the NFL, Fantasy sports, MLB, European soccer, Professional Lacrosse, and e-sports. He has managed his own tournament baseball team and coached high school lacrosse. In his free time, Matthew used to compete competitively in Call of Duty and Counter-Strike.

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