Even though they hadn’t won a game in 42 days, with this past weekend’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers the Baltimore Ravens have flown to the top of the AFC North. 4 straight losses wasn’t enough to stop the Ravens, and now that they’ve regained their momentum they’ll be ready to put some ground between them and both the Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals. The best way to do that is by picking up another divisional win against the Cleveland Browns. Given the recent turn of events for Cleveland’s professional sports teams, the online NFL betting odds will certainly be predicting a loss for the Browns.
In Week 10, the Cleveland Browns will be heading to the City of Firsts to try and pick up their first win of the season at M&T Bank Stadium. The 4-4 Ravens will be trying to defend their home turf against the 0-9 Browns. Fans looking to tune into the contest can do so on ESPN, ESPN Radio, or even online via Twitter. Considering that Cleveland has yet to win a game, what kind of lines are most football betting sites putting together for Thursday’s matchup?
NFL Odds – Week 10 – Thursday, November 10th
Baltimore Ravens -7½ (-110) 44 (-115)
Cleveland Browns +7½ (-110) 44 (-105)
If there’s any doubt that the Ravens are coming in as the favorites, online NFL betting fans just have to take a quick glance at that 10-point spread. Obviously there are various differences between these two teams, but arguably the most important is the variance at the quarterback position. The Ravens are happy to have Joe Flacco back under center, whom they lost for all 2015 due to an injury. Although Flacco’s 2016 numbers aren’t great, at least Baltimore consistently has the same quarterback every week, a Super Bowl winning quarterback at that. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns have had 6 different players take snaps under center this season (Robert Griffin III, Cody Kessler, Josh McCown, Terrelle Pryor Sr., Charlie Whitehurst, Kevin Hogan). Some of these players started the season on the Browns’ roster; others were brought in out of dire necessity. Some of them are veterans, others are rookies. But one thing they all have in common is both the lack of desire and inability to lead this Cleveland team to a victory.
The Detroit Lions once went 0-16 back in 2008, and the way the Browns are playing 8 years later makes it seem like they want to go down in online NFL betting history alongside Detroit. Currently, Cleveland has the 31st worst rushing defense, total defense, and the 31st most points allowed per game. They may have the 23rd worst pass defense, but that subtle difference won’t be enough to stop Flacco on Thursday. With this easy win over the Browns, the Ravens will come one step closer to punching their ticket to the playoffs.