Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders - 9/30/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Cleveland Browns (1-1-1) at Oakland Raiders (0-3)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 4:05 pm (Oakland Alameda Coliseum)
The Line: Oakland Raiders -3 -- Over/Under: 45 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders meet Sunday in NFL action at the Oakland Coliseum.
The Cleveland Browns look for their first road win of the season to build on their odd 1-1-1 SU record. The Cleveland Browns haven’t won a road game since October of 2015. Baker Mayfield is completing 73.9 percent of his passes for 201 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Mayfield enters this game with 23 pass attempts under his belt. Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins have combined for 395 receiving yards on 29 receptions while Antonio Callaway has seven receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 134.3 yards per contest, and Carlos Hyde leads the way with 203 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 19.7 points and 338.3 yards per game. Joe Schobert leads the Cleveland Browns with 23 tackles, Myles Garrett has four sacks and Denzel Ward has two interceptions.
The Oakland Raiders could use a feel good victory here to prevent a brutal 0-4 start to the NFL season. The Oakland Raiders have split their last six home games. Derek Carr is completing 76.6 percent of his passes for 936 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions. Carr has one or less touchdown passes in each of his last five games. Jared Cook and Jordy Nelson have combined for 486 receiving yards and one touchdown while Amari Cooper has 13 receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game is averaging 98.7 yards per contest, and Marshawn Lynch leads the way with 170 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Oakland is allowing 27 points and 374.3 yards per game. Tahir Whitehead leads the Oakland Raiders with 16 tackles, Bruce Irvin has one sack and Rashaan Melvin has one interception.
The Browns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September and 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Raiders are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. AFC and 4-11-2 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Browns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Oakland, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
It might be time to admit the Oakland Raiders aren't a good football team, as Carr continues to prove he's not a difference maker, the old school playcalling is questionable at best and the Oakland defense seems to get gashed at the worst possible times. The Cleveland Browns have had extra time to prepare for this game and have new life, not only because they finally won a game, but Mayfield is the quarterback and his confidence is contagious. Yes, backing the Browns hasn't paid off over the years and we continue to laugh at the so called sharps who bet on them every week, but getting a free field goal with them certainly beats laying points with a bad Raiders team that keeps finding ways to lose.