Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cleveland Browns - 12/3/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cleveland Browns - 12/3/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns (0-11) at Los Angeles Chargers (5-6)

NFL Football: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:05 pm (StubHub Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Chargers -13.5 -- Over/Under: 42.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Chargers meet Sunday in NFL action at StubHub Center.

The Cleveland Browns are still looking for their first victory since Christmas Eve of last year. The Cleveland Browns haven’t won a road game since October of 2015. DeShone Kizer is completing 53 percent of his passes for 1,823 yards, five touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Kizer has one or less touchdown passes in each of his last seven games. Duke Johnson Jr. and Ricardo Louis have combined for 768 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Seth DeValve has 24 receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 107.4 yards per contest, and Isaiah Crowell leads the way with 554 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 26.3 points and 318 yards per game. Joe Schobert leads the Cleveland Browns with 101 tackles, Emmanuel Ogbah has four sacks and Jason McCourty has three interceptions. 

The Los Angeles Chargers look for a third straight victory to get back to a .500 record while staying in the playoff race. The Los Angeles Chargers have split their last four home games. Philip Rivers is completing 62.1 percent of his passes for 2,948 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Rivers has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams have combined for 1,367 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Hunter Henry has 31 receptions. The Los Angeles Chargers ground game is averaging 93.2 yards per contest, and Melvin Gordon leads the way with 698 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 18.4 points and 339.5 yards per game. Jahleel Addae leads the Los Angeles Chargers with 75 tackles, Joey Bosa has 10.5 sacks and Tre Boston has four interceptions.

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The Browns are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 road games, 6-20-1 ATS in their last 27 vs. AFC and 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Chargers are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Browns are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the underdog is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

Every week people try to make a case for backing the Cleveland Browns and these crazy point spreads they get, and every week question why they put money on the Cleveland Browns. This is simply not a good football team and it starts with an offense that's produced 17 or less points in seven of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Chargers are doing what they do every year, start off slow and then make a last second playoff push, and Rivers and company are starting to light it up offensively. If that continues, there's no way the Browns are going to be able to keep it close due to the lack of firepower and poor QB play. Also, this may be the one home game where the Chargers have a home game, as I doubt Cleveland fans are making a trip to watch a winless squad. Give me the Chargers by double digits.

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Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Chargers -13.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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