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Ravens the big winner of Steelers-Browns

The Browns hung around the playoff race with a Week 11 win, but Baltimore was the real winner on Thursday.

Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens reacts before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on October 13, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns beat the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday evening in an ugly game to open Week 11. There were numerous injuries to key players and Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph were among a group of players involved in an ugly brawl to close the game. The football itself was not pretty for much of the game, making it an overall ugly affair.

The big winner of this game was probably the Baltimore Ravens. They were already in control of the AFC North, but they now have a chance to take a three game lead with six games remaining if they beat the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Pittsburgh and Cleveland face Cincinnati and Miami, respectively in Week 12, so both should be able to get back in the win column. But Thursday’s game boosted the Ravens division odds. Entering the game, the Ravens were a sizable -835 favorite to win the AFC North, followed by the Steelers (+550) and the Browns (+4000). Following the game, the Ravens are now -1000 to win the division, followed by the Steelers (+750) and the Browns (+1400).

Of course, Baltimore doesn’t exactly have an easy game this weekend. Houston leads the AFC South and DeShaun Watson will give the improved Ravens defense plenty of trouble. The Ravens have a tough four-game stretch starting this weekend. After facing the Texans, they travel to face the Los Angeles Rams, host the San Francisco 49ers, and travel to face the Buffalo Bills. This will make or break their chances at a first round bye.