Cleveland Browns at New Orleans Saints - 9/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Browns at New Orleans Saints - 9/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns (0-0-1) at New Orleans Saints (0-1)

NFL Football: Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)

The Line: New Orleans Saints -7.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Cleveland Browns and the New Orleans Saints will be matching up in Week 2 NFL activity on Sunday from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. 

The Browns are 0-0-1 so far after coming off something of a bizarre 21-21 finish against the Steelers. Cleveland was down 7-0 following the first half, then were outscored by seven in the third quarter before storming back with 14 unanswered points in the final period. A final missed field goal sealed the tie in overtime. 

Cleveland QB Tyrod Taylor finished 15-of-40 for 197 yards, one TD and one pick, while also leading the team in rushing with 77 yards and a score on eight carries. Jarvis Landry had a nice game with 106 yards on seven catches for Cleveland. 

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Over on the Saints’ side, they’re sitting at 0-1 following one of the more exciting games of Week 1. New Orleans was down 41-24 following the third quarter but then made a game of it in the fourth with 16 points. When the dust settled, the Saints came up short 48-40. 

New Orleans QB Drew Brees had a great day in Week 1 with 439 yards and three touchdowns. His main targets in that game were Michael Thomas (16 rec; 180 yards; TD) and Alvin Kamara (nine rec; 112 yards; TD). 

The Browns are 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 road games. Cleveland is also 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS win and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 versus a team with a losing record. 

Meanwhile, the Saints are 2-5 ATS in their last seven overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five in September. New Orleans is 1-5 ATS in their last six games in Week 2 and the over is 4-0 in their last four overall. 

Cleveland succeeded in frustrating their fans with that late missed field goal, but there’s something to be said for the fourth-quarter comeback against a supposedly good Steelers team. As for New Orleans, their defense simply had a horrendous day against journeyman QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, but offensively they proved they’re capable of putting up big points. I have to go Saints here, but the over looks like the best play to me.

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Andrew’s Pick Over 47.5

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

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