Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns December 17 Prop Betting Preview

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns December 17 Prop Betting Preview

Tyler Vaysman
6 months ago
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Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews stiff-arms a Cleveland Browns defender

The Cleveland Browns (5-8) host their AFC North rivals in the Baltimore Ravens (9-4) this Saturday at First Energy Stadium.

 In this game, we’ll see the debut of Deshaun Watson in his home stadium and the product of the well-built Ravens defense with newly acquired weapons like Roquan Smith. We’ll also get to see special teams in what predicts to be typical AFC North lake effect weather. A battle between the rookie Cade York and veteran and possibly the G.O.A.T. of kickers in Justin Tucker should be fun.

Mark Andrews Under 51.5 Receiving Yards (-115)

I'm cautiously smashing the under on this one. The Ravens will have Tyler Huntley back at quarterback, but I expect the Browns defense to step up on Saturday.

Andrews has shown some rapport with Huntley but we’ve yet to see any real chemistry with Brown. Due to Huntley being back, he will put up some numbers, but not enough to hit the over.

The Cleveland defense has been better (for what it's worth) but I still can’t trust Mark Andrews to surge over 52 yards with any true confidence

J.K Dobbins Over 53.5 Rushing Yards (-115)

Saturday should be bulls on parade for J.K Dobbins this week. With the Browns down all three of their starting linebackers and almost no improvement in the run defense, Dobbins should have a field day in a game with a backup quarterback who will probably be asked to keep things on the ground. 

The only reluctance I may have is that he could split work with Gus Edwards. This is something that can severely skew his production, but I see Dobbins taking the lion's share of the snaps as the Ravens work to get him back to a high level of play. They drafted him in the second round, so I would think the plan is for him to be the true starter. 

The Browns run defense is going to have to show up if they want a chance to win this game. 

Nick Chubb Under 16.5 Rushing Attempts (-115)

If you ask a segment of Browns fans on Twitter, they’d tell you that the key to the Browns winning any game is giving Nick Chubb 20 carries per game

If you ask anyone who knows a speck about football, running Nick Chubb 20 times in a lost season is about the dumbest thing ever, considering how quickly things can go south. 

The Browns (hopefully) won’t risk Nick Chubb to win a meaningless game in Week 15. Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt are viable options, with Ford being a guy most would expect to eat into Chubb's workload as the season concludes. 

Chubb hasn’t crossed 17 carries a game often, and I don’t see this week as something that would garner him more. Resting Chubb after he was used as the ultimate workhorse this season makes a lot of sense. Not to mention, the Browns offensive line has been pitiful these past weeks, and Chubb has completely digressed. Add that to a stout Ravens run defense, and you have a recipe for unnecessary and self-inflicted injuries that could affect next season's hopes.

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