2021 NFL picks, score predictions for Week 14

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Baltimore Ravens (8-4) at Cleveland Browns (6-6)

Sunday, December 12, 1PM ET

Two weeks ago, the Cleveland Browns forced Lamar Jackson into four interceptions and still managed to lose the game. Now they’re coming off a bye and in a must-win situation — you better believe they’re going to give the Baltimore Ravens their best shot at home.

Baker Mayfield needs to play better against a struggling Baltimore defense that just lost Marlon Humphrey for the rest of the season. He’s been injured all year long, but has had a week off and needs to deliver. With Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt back in the mix, that’ll take some of the pressure off the Cleveland quarterback to stuff the stat sheet.

Honestly, though, the thing that has me leaning towards the Browns is the Ravens’ recent play. Jackson hasn’t been himself, and the Baltimore defense is limping down the final stretch. This team is going cold at the worst time, and it may cost them more than just the division crown.

Cleveland needs this win badly, and earns it in the friendly confines of FirstEnergy Stadium. The Ravens suffer another costly AFC North defeat, and we all start wondering if the promise we saw earlier in the year was all a clever ruse.

Prediction: Browns win 19-16 | Spread: Browns (-2.5)