New England Patriots (3-1) at Cleveland Browns (0-4)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)
The Line: Cleveland Browns +10.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New England Patriots head to Cleveland to take on the Browns in week 5 NFL action.
The New England Patriots fell to 3-1 after being shutout 16-0 by the Buffalo Bills at home in week 4. Jacoby Brissett got the start as it was announced just before gametime that backup Jimmy Garoppolo was unable to go as not enough progress was made on his shoulder to clear Garoppolo to compete against the Bills. Brissett completed 17 of his 27 pass attempts for 205 yards. New England has had week 5 circled on their schedules for quite some time as they finally get star quarterback Tom Brady back from his suspension for his role in Deflategate. LeGarrette Blount was able to muster up 54 yards on 13 carries to lead the Pats’ ground game. Martellus Bennett made the biggest splash for New England through the air, hauling in 5 balls for 109 yards while Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski only had 1 reception each, Edelman’s for 16 yards and Gronk’s for 11 of his own. New England had an off day defensively by their standards this season, allowing 378 yards to a Buffalo Bills squad that still remains in the bottom 6 in the league in terms of total offense. The only real highlights to speak of were a pair of team sacks by Alan Branch and Jabaal Sheard on Bills QB Tyrod Taylor.
The Cleveland Browns remained winless with a 31-20 defeat to the Washington Redskins to fall to 0-4 on the season. Cody Kessler threw for 223 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 28 for 40 passing. Isaiah Crowell continues to be a bright spot in an otherwise bleak season for the Browns, logging his 2nd 100-yard game of the season with 120 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Gary Barnidge led Cleveland in receptions and receiving yards with 7 catches for 57 yards. Terrelle Pryor caught 5 passes of his own for 46 yards and a touchdown that tied the game for Cleveland halfway through the 2nd quarter but Washington in the end proved to be too much for the Browns. Defensively, the Browns actually put forth a solid effort, holding the Redskins to just over 300 yards, while registering 3 sacks as a team, from Briean Boddy-Calhoun and a pair courtesy of Cam Johnson to go along with a Jamar Taylor interception of Redskins QB Kirk Cousins.
New England is 38-17-1 ATS in their last 56 games after a straight up loss and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 overall. Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 week 5 matchups. The home team is 5-2-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two.
New England is going to be playing angry after dropping that game to the Bills, because they would’ve been 4-0 without Tom Brady which would’ve been a slap in the face to the league and commissioner Roger Goodell, not to mention the aforementioned Brady will be back and his first game is against a Browns team that can’t do much of anything right outside of Isaiah Crowell running the ball.
The Patriots roll here.