Whether or not you had money down on Monday night’s NFL football game, you were likely surprised by the game’s compelling conclusion – and if you bet on the Browns +3.5, you were probably horrified.

Bookies and bettors everywhere were shocked when a last-second safety by the Ravens pushed Baltimore’s lead from 45-42 to 47-42 — this meant millions of dollars swung at sportsbooks, many of whom had the Browns line at +3 or +3.5, making the Ravens’ victory unlikely, but not impossible (obviously).

To recap — The Ravens were road favorites ahead of their game against the Browns, but midway through the fourth quarter, the Browns actually led 35-34, as the score remained tight the entire game.

Lamar Jackson, who missed a recent Ravens’ game after testing positive for COVID-19, proved that he’s back in action. On a critical fourth down, Jackson (who was in the locker room receiving fluids) watched his back-up Trace McSorley get hurt and hurried to get back on the field, just in time to connect with Marquise Brown on a go-ahead touchdown, 42-35.

Cleveland quickly answered, as they found the end zone less than a minute later: 42-all with 64 seconds left.

However, Jackson quickly moved the Ravens offense down the field.

In the final seven seconds, kicker Justin Tucker hit a go-ahead 55-yard field goal, handing Baltimore a 45-42 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, with two seconds left in the game, the Browns tried their best to pull of a laterally-infused miracle before Jarvis Landry was pushed out of the end zone for a Ravens safety and two points.

We hope you weren’t sitting next to someone with money on the Browns +3.

This win moved the Ravens to 8-5, and up into the eight seed in the AFC playoff picture.

Browns vs. Ravens Line Movement

The Ravens opened as 1-point favorites, while the line grew to Ravens -3. Bookmakers at BetMGM reported taking significant amounts of money on the Browns when the line moved to Cleveland +3.5, while William Hill took a $126,000 bet on Baltimore -3.

FanDuel reported that covering the spread proved costly, with director John Sheeran saying he’d “…classify it in the seven-figure range,” to ESPN.

The Browns odds shifted dramatically when they took the lead, from +980 to -420 with less than seven minutes to go in the 4th quarter.

Browns vs. Ravens Game Highlights

The Browns vs. Ravens would’ve been a noteworthy game for a number of reasons — like:

  • Lamar Jackson’s cramp (and subsequent bathroom break)
  • Jackson’s 44-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown
  • Justin Tucker’s 55-yard field goal (with 2 seconds of game left)
  • Trace McSorley suffering a knee injury
  • The Browns took the lead 35-34 (and bounced back from a 14-point deficit)
  • These two teams combined for 9 rushing touchdowns — this tied a 98 year-old record between NFL teams Rock Island & Evansville, and Racine & Louisville.
  • 5 lead changes, 3 ties
  • 35 points scored in fourth quarter

With that being said: 

Veronica Taylor

Veronica Taylor is a card game enthusiast who you can find checking out the latest themed online casino games or sports betting trends. When she’s not writing about what’s new in the gambling world and industry (both online and on land), you can find her watching the NBA and looking up assorted player facts. (Did you know Lebron snacks on apples and almond butter everyday?)

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