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Oddsmakers have the Baltimore Ravens at 9.5 point favorites

Prime opportunity to pick up a game in the division race this week

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Following a truly remarkable week in the history of our great Nation, the focus turns back towards the AFC North division race on Thursday night.

Oddsmakers have installed the Baltimore Ravens as 9.5 or 10 point favorites at home against the Cleveland Browns in Week 10. The point total has be fluctuating between 44 and 45, reflecting a final score of Ravens 27-17.

In the Week 2 meeting between these correlated franchises, the Ravens covered the 4-point spread with a 25-20 road victory. This game went over the 42-point total. Last season, the Browns and Ravens split the series, each winning on the road, and covering as underdogs in the process. So far this season, the Browns are 2-7 against the spread, while the Ravens are 3-4.

Other notable trends for this matchup include the Ravens winning 15 of the last 17 meetings between the teams and posting a 21-11 record against the spread in November home games since 2000. However, the road team has covered 10 of the last 13 meetings in this series, and the Ravens are only 4-13 against the spread when playing as a favorite of more than a touchdown since 2010.

Whether they cover the large spread or not, the Ravens can afford themselves an opportunity to sit back and watch possibly favorable results over the mini-bye weekend, if they can post a win against the Browns. Both the Steelers and Bengals face challenges in Week 10. Pittsburgh hosts the surging Dallas Cowboys in the late afternoon time slot, they are 2.5 point favorites. Cincinnati travels to face the Giants on Monday night, and are currently listed a 1 to 1.5 point underdogs.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 58% of wagers against the point spread have been placed on the Browns, with 56% of the action on the over. Dallas is a public underdog this week, earning 82% of all wagers in their game. The Bengals hold an edge in gambling action of 62% to 32% over the Giants against the spread, in terms of total wagers made at this early juncture of the week.