NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football will feature an AFC North rivalry with the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Cleveland Browns at 8:20 PM ET. Baltimore (2-1 SU 2-1 ATS) got revenge for a 2011 AFC Championship loss in a 31-30 win over New England on Sunday Night Football despite some NFL picks experts casting a shadow of doubt about their once invincible defense. Cleveland (1-2 SU 1-1-1 ATS) showed in their 14-27 loss to the Bills last week that they are still working out the kinks with a rookie backfield led by QB Brandon Weeden and RB Trent Richardson. Below are our week 4 NFL picks experts breakdown. The Browns vs Ravens Odds have Baltimore at -13 at -110 juice on the NFL Odds Vegas.
Week 4 NFL Picks Analysis: Despite the Ravens high-powered offense receiving accolades, Baltimore is a smash-mouth team that likes to run the ball and play defense. The Browns are much the same and that sort of style clash rarely results in blowouts. Baltimore still has a top-10 defense but they are no longer among the NFL’s elite despite the public’s perception of the team. To their credit Baltimore’s offense has been impressive with Ray Rice making a case for NFL MVP. Cleveland’s defense ranks 18th in points allowed however and is quietly becoming an effective unit with a decent back seven.
After getting off to a disastrous 4 INT start to the season Browns rookie QB Brandon Weeden has shown that he can play a little pigskin. Cleveland RB Trent Richardson (3 TD 230 Lbs. 4.40 speed) is also a young gun that will relish the challenge of playing against a Ravens defense that only ranks 18th against the run despite their lead pipe repuatation. The Browns vs Ravens Odds Total is at 43.5 points.
The Ravens are in a letdown spot following their physically and emotionally draining win over New England on Sunday Night Football. Cleveland is a small market team that will be hyped to be playing in the limelight in an important divisional game. Add in to the mix a nice ATS x-factor with Cleveland owning better special teams and the Browns are an attractive play at +13. Expect inspired play from Cleveland in a competitive SU loss that will cover against the spread.
Week 4 NFL Picks Play: Cleveland +13 (1 UNIT $1000 to win $900)
Football Picks Record ATS: 53-37 (58.89%)