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After 8 straight games as favorites, Ravens are slight underdogs in rematch vs. Browns

The Ravens are slight underdogs ahead of their rematch Sunday with the host Cleveland Browns, according to Las Vegas sportsbooks.

The Ravens (8-4) have entered their past eight games as favorites, but after falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night and losing star cornerback Marlon Humphrey to a season-ending pectoral injury, it’s the Browns (6-6) who are favored by 2 ½ points in their Week 14 game.

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The Ravens held on late in the teams’ first meeting this season, a 16-10 win in Baltimore two weeks ago, but Cleveland should have a rest advantage this weekend. Because the Browns had a Week 13 bye, Sunday’s game will be their second straight against the Ravens, who will have to face standout defensive ends Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney without injured starting right tackle Patrick Mekari (hand).

The Ravens have covered the spread in two of their six road games this season: a 23-7 win in Week 4 over a favored Denver Broncos team and a 16-13 comeback win in Week 12 over the Chicago Bears. Cleveland, meanwhile, is 4-2 at home this season, but just 2-4 against the spread.

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The Ravens lead the all-time series 34-11 and have won four straight meetings, their longest winning streak since a five-game run from 2015 to 2017. The Browns’ last home win over the Ravens came in October 2018, when Joe Flacco was still the Ravens’ starting quarterback.

The over-under for Sunday’s game is 42 ½ points.

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