The Baltimore Ravens are off a long and emotional week.
The team beat the rival New England Patriots and exacted revenge for the playoff loss a year ago. The win was on a last minute field goal and the game was marred by bad officiating. The team also had to endure a tough week as wide receiver Torrey Smith lost his little brother in a horrific accident. The team rallied around Smith and put up an amazing effort coming from behind late in the fourth quarter to get the victory as time expired.
Now just days later, the Ravens have to get ready for Thursday night football on the NFL network when they go up against a divisional opponent in the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens play three games in the span of 15 days and with that type of schedule something has to give.
The Ravens are listed as (-13) point underdogs at home against the Browns, which considering the circumstances, is a big number to cover. Online sportsbook Just Bet, has the current spread on this game and is giving out a very nice 185% bonus to new signups along with a free entry to a $10,000 contest.
The Browns come into this game desperate to get their first win of the season. The Browns know that if they want to play a factor this season, winning in division is a must. Rookie running back Trent Richardson is starting to improve the Browns ground game and take pressure off Brandon Weeden who connected on 27 of 43 tosses for a total of 237 yards and a score in his last outing. The trends favor the road team in this contest.
The Ravens are 1-6 against the spread (ATS) when playing a team with a losing record and they are 1-4 ATS in the last five home games. The Browns are 4-1 ATS when playing a team with a winning record, 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss and 4-0-1 ATS in their last five road games.
The Ravens will be emotionally drained for this contest and the Browns will fight to the bitter end with a chance of winning the game on the field.
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