How to watch Ravens vs. Browns: TV, streaming, odds, picks as AFC North rivals clash in heavyweight rematch

Second time in three weeks, Baltimore Raven and Cleveland Browns will face many threats in the AFC North and the playoff race. Baltimore is entering an uphill battle with Pittsburgh Steelers dropped from the top seed in the conference – although Raven still leads the squad.

The Browns will say goodbye this week and will play their second game in a row against Raven. Cleveland lost to Baltimore 16-10 two weeks ago to drop to .500 and two games behind leaders AFC North. The Browns are still just one game off the final playoff spot in the conference, even though they’re 11th on the conference standings. Cleveland needs a win in the rematch to keep its AFC North hopes alive, and potentially a playoff shot.

Will the Browns recover against Raven? Can Baltimore retain its AFC North lead? Here’s a preview of Sunday’s AFC North match:

How to watch

Day: Sunday, December 12 | Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio)
TELEVISION: CBS | Current: Paramount + (try free)
Monitor: CBS Sports App
The odds: Brown -2.5, O/U 43

Important matches

Baltimore’s defense versus Cleveland’s attack

In his first game against the Browns, Cleveland hit just 40 yards of javelin — at least in a game in the Kevin Stefanski era. Their 2.4 yards per take is also the Browns’ lowest total in a single game this year.

The Browns dash to the right in 40% of their runs (fourth highest percentage in NFL) and averaging 5.1 yards per right dash (fifth most in the NFL) before the Week 12 meeting. Cleveland ran to the right 33% of their 17 dashes against Baltimore and averaged just 1 .2 yards per right dash, their lowest total this year. This is with a health Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.

It didn’t help the Browns that Raven’s hasty defense dominated all year. Baltimore only allows 84.3 yards of charge per game, the lowest average in the league. Raven also only allows 4.0 yards per take, the fifth-lowest in the NFL.

Lamar Jackson compared to Cover-3 and Cover-4

Jackson threw four interceptions against the Browns, a career high – and what may be the epitome of his struggles. The Browns’ defense played Cover-3 with 47 percent of defense in the Week 12 loss and Cover-4 with 31 percent of defense. Cleveland lines up in Cover-3 with 43% defensive snaps and Cover-4 with 25% defensive snaps, the five highest and highest rates in the NFL – which Jackson will likely see again on Sunday. Of Jackson’s 13 interceptions, eight were against Cover-3 and Cover-4.

Jackson will still receive Cover-0, but not as often this week.


Latest rate:

Baltimore Raven +3

It should come as no surprise to see another defensive battle between these teams, with both quarterbacks needing a big game to make the difference. The Browns needed Nick Chubb to get started, as he averaged 5.8 yards per plunge (most of those backstrokes with over 100 runs) and 4.3 yards of contact per dash. (most of the backrunners qualify). Chubb has only 1.8 yards of exposure per dash, the lowest of his year, so find Cleveland to get him going early.

Cleveland needed this game, but so did Baltimore. Jackson performed a play that gave Raven a close victory.

Ravens 19, Cleveland 17 How to watch Ravens vs. Browns: TV, streaming, odds, picks as AFC North rivals clash in heavyweight rematch

Subhankar Mondal

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