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The Baltimore Ravens are currently favored by seven points in their Week 15 contest against the Browns. Oddsmakers have set the point total at 40, representing a final score of approximately 24-17 Ravens.

After a tough loss in Pittsburgh, this is a potentially pivotal game for Baltimore. At 7-6, the Ravens are locked into a three way tie with the Bills and Chargers for the final wild card spot. Winless Cleveland is hoping to play the role of spoilers in the Ravens final road game of the 2017 regular season.

Despite their 0-13 record, the Browns took the Packers to overtime last Sunday and have been competitive in most games this year. Their offense and defense are actually both ranked higher than he Ravens in yards per game. But Cleveland’s minus-21 turnover differential is the worst in the NFL by a large margin.

The Ravens have defeated the Browns in 28 of 37 all-time meetings. Furthermore, head coach John Harbaugh has lost to Cleveland just twice in 19 tries. Baltimore earned a 24-10 home win in Week 2, primarily due to five takeaways from their defense.

As for gambling trends, the Ravens are 4-1 against the spread on the road this season and 6-4 against the spread in December games since 2015. Cleveland is 3-10 against the spread this season and 2-7 as a medium sized home underdog since 2015. Each of the last two meetings between these franchises in Ohio have gone over the point total.

Other games that could impact the AFC playoff picture in Week 15 include the surging Chargers as a small favorite at the Chiefs and the Bills hosting the Dolphins. The Titans are two point underdogs in San Francisco, while Jacksonville is a double digit home favorite against Houston. The marquee matchup this week features the Patriots laying a field goal at Pittsburgh.