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Browns vs. Ravens, Week 1: How to watch, what to watch

The Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens face off in Week 1 to open the 2020 NFL season. We break down how to watch the game, odds for the matchup, key injuries, and notable fantasy football start/sit considerations.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson looks to throw during morning practice at Under Armour Performance Center. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens open their AFC North title defense with a division rivalry matchup. They host the Cleveland Browns in Week 1. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens tore through the league last season, averaging a league-high 31.9 points per game while allowing the third-fewest, with 18.2 points per game. Their two losses last year were in Week’s 3 and 4. One loss was to the eventual champion Kansas City Chiefs, but the other was to the underachieving Browns. They went on to thump the Browns in Cleveland 31-15 in Week 16.

The Browns hype machine was in overdrive last offseason, but they ended up going 6-10. They did beef up their offensive line this offseason and should be ready to make a step forward, but have a tough matchup to start their season.

TV Info

Date: September 13
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Channel: CBS
Broadcast map

Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)

Browns (2019): 17th vs. Pass, 30th vs. Rush
Ravens (2019): 4th vs. Pass, 20th vs. Rush

DraftKings Sportsbook odds

Browns: +8, +290
Ravens: -8, -375
Total: 48.5

Pick: Ravens

The Browns should be better this year, but the Ravens look poised to be better as well. The last two season, John Harbaugh has had his team primed for Week 1, leading to blowouts. I like their chances for another hot start to the season.

Injury report

Browns

Wednesday

DNP: T Christopher Hubbard (ankle), CB Kevin Johnson (liver), CB Greedy Williams (shoulder), LB Mack Wilson (knee)

Limited: CB M.J. Stewart (hamstring), C J.C. Tretter (knee)

Thursday

DNP: T Christopher Hubbard (ankle), CB Kevin Johnson (liver), CB Greedy Williams (shoulder), LB Mack Wilson (knee)

Limited: CB M.J. Stewart (hamstring), C J.C. Tretter (knee)

Ravens

Wednesday

DNP: RB Justice Hill (thigh), DT Justin Madubuike (knee), WR Chris Moore (finger)

Thursday

DNP: RB Justice Hill (thigh), D WR Chris Moore (finger)

Fantasy football start/sit advice

Browns

Odell Beckham Jr., Wide receiver, $5,900

I doubt I’ll be too keen on playing Browns player in cash lineups, but OBJ played hurt last season and appears to be healthy while Baker Mayfield should have more time with an offensive line upgrade. You’re likely playing Beckham in redraft and he makes for an interesting play in GPPs as well. He’s not safe, but a healthy OBJ is someone you want on your team.

Nick Chubb, Running back, $6,500

Last season, Nick Chubb went off on the Ravens in Week 4, rushing for 165 yards and three touchdowns. He almost single-handedly won that game for them and if they are to slow down the Ravens again, it will likely be through Chubb grinding out the ball on the ground. I don’t think they’ll be able to repeat that game, but it is in the cards and worth a contrary play in DFS while in redraft, you’re starting Chubb as long as he’s healthy.

Ravens

Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, $8,100

Jackson put up 33.8 and 26.48 DK points in his two games against the Browns last year. This season he should have a healthy Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews while other receivers like Miles Boykin and rookie Devin Duvernay have good upside. I’m all in on Jackson having the same upside as his huge 2019 and playing the Browns defense at home is helpful.

Marquise Brown, Wide receiver, $5,100

Brown started scorching hot last season with 147 yards and two touchdowns against the Dolphins in Week 1, but injuries slowed him down throughout the season. Now that he’s healthy again, he makes for an incredibly high upside play in a good matchup at a reasonable price to start the season.