Panthers vs. Browns - 12/21/14 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Browns (7-7) at Carolina Panthers (5-8-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Bank of America Stadium)
The Line: Carolina Panthers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers play Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.
The Cleveland Browns have lost four of their last five games and are pretty much out of the playoff hunt. Johnny Manziel is completing 55.6 percent of his passes for zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Manziel is expected to make his second start of his career, and the Browns have 52 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel has more than 1,300 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Josh Gordon has 20 receptions in four games. The Browns ground game is averaging 3.6 yards per carry, as Terrance West leads the way with 579 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, the Cleveland Browns are allowing 21.4 points, 359.6 yards, and they’ve forced 29 sacks and 27 turnovers. Donte Whitner leads Cleveland with 92 tackles and Paul Kruger has 10 sacks.
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The Carolina Panthers have won two straight and remain in the NFC South hunt. Derek Anderson is completing 67 percent of his passes for five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Cam Newton remains questionable with a back injury, and the Panthers are in no hurry to rush him back. Greg Olson and Kelvin Benjamin have combined for more than 1,900 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while Jerricho Cotchery has eight of his 40 receptions in his last three weeks. The Panthers ground game is averaging 4.1 yards per carry, as Jonathan Stewart leads the way with 636 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, the Carolina Panthers are allowing 25.6 points, 351.5 yards, and they’ve forced 31 sacks and 22 turnovers. Luke Kuechly leads Carolina with 138 tackles and Charles Johnson has 6.5 sacks.
The Browns are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games in December and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss. The Panthers are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 home games and 24-10-1 ATS in their last 35 games in December. The Browns are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
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