Week 2 NFL Picks: Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens: September 15th 2013
Week 2 NFL Picks: September 15th 2013
Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
Prediction: Cleveland +7
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We played on the Browns last week and they fell to Miami 23-10 despite outgaining the Dolphins by 16 total yards. Turnovers were the issue as quarterback Brandon Weeden tossed three picks but I expect a better game out of him this week. I also expect a better gameplan. The game was close until late in the fourth quarter yet Cleveland threw the ball 53 times compared to running it just 13 times. Trent Richardson is more valuable than that and he needs more touches. Balance will be the key against a Baltimore defense that was lit up last week. The Ravens have had some extra time to get ready for this game following their blowout loss at Denver a week ago this past Thursday. It was a close game for a while but Denver was able to pull away early in the third quarter thanks to a record setting performance from Peyton Manning. Now Baltimore heads home for the first time as reigning Super Bowl Champions and while the atmosphere will be electric, I do not think they Ravens have what it takes yet to win big here. The biggest liability now for Baltimore on offense is its passing game. Gone is wide receiver Anquan Boldin, they are without tight end Dennis Pitta, and Jacoby Jones, who was signed to a big deal in the offseason, is out for several weeks with an injury. The only threat that the Ravens have right now is Torrey Smith and cornerback Joe Haden will be blanketing him all day. Running back Ray Rice will be asked to make up for it but the Browns clamped down on Miami’s running game, allowing just 20 yards on 23 carries (0.9 ypc). This is a very underrated defense in my opinion. Looking at history, the Browns have not had much success in this series of late as the Ravens have won all 10 games against the Browns under coach Jim Harbaugh while sporting a plus-14 turnover margin. Cleveland has been a very good bounce back team as it is 10-4-1 ATS in its last 15 games following a loss. Meanwhile, the Ravens are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game. I expect this line to go up as we get closer to kickoff after coming down from the opening so while we are catching a solid number now, waiting it out is not going to hurt. Play (197) Cleveland Browns