Ravens +4 the NFL Pick as Revitalized Schaub Is Hungry for Victory

Joe Gavazzi

Monday, November 30, 2015 4:58 PM GMT

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 4:58 PM GMT

NFL Monday Night Football: The Baltimore Ravens travel to face the Cleveland Browns for the 8:30 ET kick on ESPN. Join on the fun and find out the top NFL picks for this game. 

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns (-3-) 8:30 ET ESPN
This game concludes Week 12 of the NFL and the month of November. These teams met October 11th in Baltimore. The Browns emerged with a (33-30) OT victory vs. the Ravens. Despite that loss, Baltimore is still 13-2 SU in this series with HC Harbaugh standing 6-1 SU ATS at this site.

But, that record was all with QB Flacco at the signal caller spot. Flacco suffered multiple knee injuries in the Ravens’ (16-13) win last week at home vs. the Rams. It will be the first time since 2007 that Flacco does not start at QB for the Ravens. That was not the only loss for Baltimore in that contest, as RB Forsett is now on the injured list. He joins their best receiver WR Smith, who is out for the season (and career) with an injured foot. Those injuries detract from an unremarkable 3-7 SU ATS season for the Ravens. It also thrusts QB Schaub into the starting role.  Schaub has not started a game in 2 years. With Houston in 2013, he lost his final 6 starts. The saga of the Baltimore season began with a schedule maker who forced them to play 5 of their first 7 games on the road, including 4 of those on the West Coast, where they went 0-4 SU with losses to Denver, Oakland, San Francisco and Arizona by a combined 23 points. Combined with the injuries, they never recovered. Yet, those issues pale in comparison to yet another dismal season on the North Coast.

 

The Favorites
The Browns enter tonight at 2-8 SU, 3-7 ATS and have not recorded a victory in 5 contests, since the Baltimore win. In their last 4 games, they have failed to cover by 45 points, while averaging just 11 PPG and 29.3 YPG. Cleveland has not played in 2 weeks, since their (30-9) loss to Pittsburgh. That occurred despite then, QB Manziel, having his best game as a pro and passing for nearly 400 yards. That earned him a vote of confidence from HC Pettine, who anointed him the starter for the balance of the season. After promising to be on his “best behavior” during the bye week, Manziel quickly eroded the trust of his HC when he was seen partying with his home boys in a Texas video. As a result, Manziel is demoted to 3rd string with QB McCown getting the start for the Browns tonight. Unfortunately, he is unable to do much about the Browns’ NFL worst running game. Cleveland is being outrushed 139/4.6 to 76/3.3, a (-63) RYPG margin. When combined with a lousy defense that allows 28 PPG, 407 YPG and 6.3 YP play, it is a short leap to fading the Browns in the role of favorite.

I invite you to put the NFL odds in your favor with my Monday Night NFL picks on the Baltimore Ravens. 

Free NFL Pick: Baltimore Ravens +4 at William Hill

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