Two teams with playoff aspirations in the AFC will clash Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium when the Las Vegas Raiders visit the Cleveland Browns for a noon kickoff. MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Cleveland -150, while Las Vegas checks in at +130. The over/under is 53.5.
Las Vegas Raiders Betting Preview: Get Back in the Win Column
The Raiders come into play with a record of 3-3, 2.5 games behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. Las Vegas is a game and a half behind the Browns for the final wild card spot in theconference, so this game has huge implications for the remainder of the season.
Las Vegas is coming off a bad 45-20 loss at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Raiders’ secondary allowed Tom Brady to pick them apart to the tune of four touchdown passes. They will need to be better this week, because Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield is also coming off a huge game, and is playing with a ton of confidence.
The Raiders offense is led by quarterback Derek Carr. Carr has completed 72% of his passes for 1,726 yards and 13 touchdowns on the year with just two interceptions.
Running back Josh Jacobs has carried the ball 116 times for 394 yards, with five touchdowns. Carr’s favorite target has been tight end Darren Waller, who has caught 40 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor has also added four touchdown catches.
Cleveland Browns Betting Preview: Overcome Injuries
The Browns come into play with a record of 5-2, a game and a half behind Pittsburgh in the AFC North. The Browns have won five of their last six games and are playing well, especially at home where they are undefeated on the season.
Cleveland has won despite losing key players to injuries. Running back Nick Chubb is expected to return from a MCL sprain after the Browns’ bye week in Week 9, but the team lost wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to a torn ACL last week, and he will be out for the season.
The play of quarterback Baker Mayfield is a big reason why the Browns are in the position they are in. Mayfield has thrown for 1,392 yards and 15 touchdowns ,but he does have seven interceptions.
Running back Kareem Hunt has filled in for Chubb admirably, carrying the ball 101 times for 463 yards and three touchdowns. He has also caught 16 passes for 106 yards and four more touchdowns. In Beckham Jr.’s absence, the Browns will depend on wideouts Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins going forward. Tight end Austin Hooper could return from appendicitis this week, but it is likely that Harrison Bryant will replace him again.
Betting Lines and Predictions
MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Cleveland -150, while the Raiders currently sit at +130. The over/under on this game is 53.5.
The offenses of these teams will take center stage, as both defenses are not much to write home about. Cleveland gets the edge on Sunday because of their dominance at home. However, the fact that the Raiders have handed the Kansas City Chiefs their lone loss of the season speaks to the quality of their team.
The team that can establish the run early will win this game. Cleveland will be able to do this, as it is the key to their offense. Take the Browns in this one.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Cleveland -150