Browns vs. Ravens Point Spread: Thursday Night Football

Ricky Rothstein | Updated Nov 08, 2016


NFL fans and bettors are being subjected to a prime time game featuring one of the worst teams in league history in the week 10 Thursday night game because, unfortunately, every team now must play on a Thursday at least once a season. So it’s the winless Cleveland Browns looking to pull the big upset on the Baltimore Ravens, who are tied for the AFC North lead. To no one’s surprise, the Ravens are the big 10-point favourites of the week on Sports Interaction NFL odds.


Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens

Point spread: Ravens -10

Over/under: 45

Date: Thursday, Nov. 10, 8:30 p.m. ET

Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore

Cleveland Browns

At least the Browns (0-9) know that if they do lose out, they will get the top overall pick in what is expected to be a very strong 2017 NFL Draft. That said, the Browns are in this mess because they haven’t drafted well very often since returning to the NFL in 1999. The franchise is assured of its ninth straight losing season.

On Sunday, Cleveland hosted red-hot Dallas and it went exactly as expected with the Cowboys (as 7-point favourites) rolling over them 35-10. It was 21-10 at the half and Cleveland managed only 28 yards after intermission. Cleveland rookie quarterback Cody Kessler returned from a one-game concussion absence and was 19-for-27 for 203 yards and a touchdown. It was a franchise-record 12th loss in a row overall and the Browns became the first team since the 1964 Denver Broncos to allow at least 25 points in their first nine games of a season. The Browns are 1-19 over their past 20 games, another franchise first. A defeat on Thursday and the Browns have the worst start in the team’s 66-year history.

Coach Hue Jackson has already said that Kessler will remain his starter this week and that the rest of the season will be an audition for the third-round pick to show he can be the future QB or if the team will have to take one early in next year’s draft. Kessler has shown some good signs but really struggles hitting on the deep ball. He’s just 4-for-16 this season on throws 20 yards or longer for 138 yards.

Cleveland is 2-7 against the spread in NFL betting this season and 2-3 ATS on the road.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens (4-4) were very impressive on Sunday in coming out of their bye week and dominating the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-14 to tie the Steelers atop the AFC North. Pittsburgh scored two late garbage TDs to make it interesting, but that high-powered Steelers offense, which welcomed back Ben Roethlisberger from injury, had only 277 yards. The Ravens became the first team in nine years to shut out the Steelers in the first three quarters of a game.

The lone Baltimore offensive touchdown as a 95-yard pass to Mike Wallace, although he did most of the work. It was the longest play from scrimmage in team history. Wallace also had a 95-yard TD catch in October 2011 while playing for Pittsburgh and now he’s just the third player in league history with two career 95-plus yard TD receptions. Wallace is the only one to do it with different teams. Fellow Ravens receiver Steve Smith played for the first time since Oct. 6 (ankle injury) and had four catches for 47 yards.

While any win is a great win, the Ravens should still be concerned about their offense. Wallace’s score was a bit of a fluke and Baltimore is averaging a scant 19.3 points per game. The rushing attack is often nonexistent and Joe Flacco is one of the lowest-rated QBs in the NFL (76.0) with six touchdowns and seven interceptions. Baltimore is 3-5 ATS this season and 2-2 ATS at home.

Browns vs. Ravens Prediction

Baltimore visited Cleveland in Week 2 and won 25-20, but that hardly tells the whole story. The Browns had just scored a touchdown with 4:34 left in the first half to lead 20-0 but had the PAT blocked and returned for two points. That changed everything as the Ravens outscored the Browns 23-0 in the second half. Flacco threw for 302 yards, two scores and two picks. Kessler hadn’t played a snap yet for the Browns as Josh McCown was the QB that day. The Ravens have won 15 of the past 17 meetings overall. Give the 9.5-point alternate line here at -123 and go over the total.