|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFLIn a Battle for the AFC North we have the third place Cleveland Browns hosting the second place Baltimore Ravens on the day after Christmas. In NFL betting, the Ravens are 10-4-0 going into this holiday weekend, while the Browns are 5-9-0. So even though the two teams sit right behind eachother in their division rankings, their records keeps the Ravens safe in second. The Cleveland Browns are coming off a loss at Cincinnati last Sunday, where the Bengals took the win in a very close game, 17-19 ultimately. In other Browns news it looks like corner back Eric Wright has suffered a leg injurty that will cut his season short just in time for the Holidays. Wright got hurt in Sunday's 19-17 loss at Cincinnati. Coach Eric Mangini said Wright won't play again this season for the Browns (5-9), who will host Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Mangini does not know if the four-year veteran will need surgery. Wright was already battling a knee injury when he got hurt. Wright, who lost his starting job a few weeks ago to rookie Joe Hadden, couldn't put any pressure on his leg as he was helped off the field but was later walking around on the sideline. He was expected to undergo an MRI on Monday.
Sportsbook lists Ravens as the minus three point road favorites this Sunday.
The Ravens have also been dealing with some critical injuries. In fact, Ravens coach John Harbaugh says tight end Todd Heap could return for Sunday's road game against the Cleveland Browns after missing thepast two games with a pulled right hamstring. Heap was injured during a 13-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Harbaugh said he has spoken with trainer Bill Tessendorf, who's optimistic Heap will play Sunday. Also on Monday, the Ravens cut offensive guard Bryan Mattison and promoted tight end Dayon Drew to the active roster from the practice squad. All in all it’s looking on the up and up for the Ravens, who played an excellet game against the reigning Super Bowl Champs, the Saints last weekend, where Ray Rice ran for 153 yards and scored two touchdowns, and the Ravens beat the New Orleans Saints 30-24 on Sunday to end the defending Super Bowl champions' six-game winning streak.