Despite who they have played thus far, the Cleveland Browns are 5-2 on the season. Who they have played is such an incomplete argument as wins aren’t easy to come by in the NFL.
Sunday, Cleveland will play host to the Las Vegas Raiders, who enter the game 3-3.
This should be a high-scoring shootout as both teams have shown they can score in bunches, but also give up a ton of points. Cleveland is 5-0 when scoring 30-plus points, while the Raiders are 3-0 when scoring 30 or more. So first to 30 points wins?
The Browns are coming off a thrilling 37-34 victory over the Bengals in a game where they lost Odell Beckham Jr. for the season and Baker Mayfield threw for a career-high five touchdowns. Mayfield completed a franchise-record 21-consecutive completions after starting 0-5 with a pick.
The Raiders come in after a 45-20 beat down by Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, where Brady threw for four touchdowns and rushed another one in. This came after a 40-32 victory over the Chiefs and a bye week.
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- The Cleveland run game vs the Raiders run defense: Cleveland has an identity of being a run-heavy team, ranking third in the league in that department at 157 yards per game. The Raiders have allowed 119.8 yards per game on the ground. Kareem Hunt is a must-start this week in all fantasy formats.
- Derek Carr vs the Browns secondary: Derek Carr loves to air the ball out and the Browns don’t have a very good secondary outside of cornerback Denzel Ward. Carr has thrown for 1,726 yards and just two interceptions on the season. Cleveland gives up 288 yards per game through the air.
- Myles Garrett and the defensive line getting pressure on Carr: Myles Garrett leads the NFL with nine sacks, including four strip-sacks. He is the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Month and has recorded a sack in six-straight games. The Raiders as a team have seven sacks. In order to slow down the ariel attack of Carr, Garrett and company must apply pressure and make him as uncomfortable as possible.
Cleveland is favored by a field goal this week. This is a game that could very well come down to who has possession of the football last.
The over/under for points is 46.5 so if you have a few extra bucks to spend, make sure to bet the over on this game. This game has all the makings of being a high-scoring affair.