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Best bets on Week 5 NFL games

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It's Week 5 of the NFL season, and handicappers Warren Sharp and Preston Johnson have you covered with comprehensive betting previews for all of Sunday's games (except the late game, which will be a separate file).

Note: All odds courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Thursday evening.


Baltimore Ravens (-3) at Cleveland Browns

Total: 45.5
PickCenter public consensus pick: 78 percent picked Baltimore

Sharp: It will be exciting to see Baker Mayfield in his first divisional start, but this game will be a challenge. The Ravens have the No. 5 pass defense in the league and that was without CB Jimmy Smith, who is done serving his four-game suspension. The one thing Mayfield has going for him is that the Baltimore pass rush is not strong, and that should help the Browns, who own the NFL's fifth-worst pass protection unit.

So far this season, the Browns defense has faced a very difficult schedule of opposing offenses, including the Saints, Steelers and Raiders. The Ravens offense actually ranks as the No. 9 passing offense, and is more than capable of finding success against a Cleveland secondary, which will be missing Terrance Mitchell. This game comes down to red zone performance for me: Baltimore is No. 4 both offensively and defensively, while Cleveland is No. 15 offensively and 25 defensively.

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