The Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos meet in week 12 NFL action from Empower Field at Mile High on Sunday afternoon. Let’s preview this game and give out a Cleveland Browns vs Denver Broncos prediction.
Browns Take Out Steelers
The Cleveland Browns come into this game looking to build on their 13-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in their last matchup. PJ Walker has thrown for 618 yards, a touchdown and 5 interceptions on 49% passing while Dorian Thompson-Robinson has thrown for 295 yards and 4 INTs on 55% passing. Jerome Ford leads Cleveland’s ground attack with 563 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns while Kareem. Hunt has 264 rushing yards and 6 scores. Amari Cooper leads the Browns’ receiving group with 45 grabs for 749 yards and David Njoku has 433 receiving yards with 45 grabs of his own. Elijah Moore has 374 receiving yards as well this season. On defense, Grant Delpit leads the Browns’ defense with 66 total tackles while Myles Garrett has a team-high 13 sacks.
Cleveland Browns Team Facts
The Browns have lost 10 of their last 11 road games against AFC West opponents.
The Browns have covered the spread in each of their last four games in November.
The favorites have won the first half in each of the Browns' last eight games.
The Browns have lost the first quarter in each of their last four games following a home win.
The Browns have scored the first touchdown in four of their last five Week 12 games.
Broncos Upend Vikings
The Denver Broncos come into this one fresh off of their 21-20 win in primetime over Minnesota for their 4th straight win. Russell Wilson has thrown for 2,065 yards, 19 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 69% passing while Javonte Williams has a team-high 473 rushing yards and Jaleel McLaughlin has 277 rushing yards as well. Courtland Sutton leads Denver’s receiving group with 45 catches for 499 yards and 8 touchdowns while Jerry Jeudy has 429 receiving yards and Samaje Perine has 326 receiving yards. Marvin Mims Jr. has 258 receiving yards and another three Broncos have 100+ receiving yards on the year. On defense, Alex Singleton leads Denver with 100 total tackles while Jonathon Cooper and Nik Bonitto each have a team-high 5.5 sacks. Justin Simmons also has 3 interceptions for Denver this season.
Denver Broncos Team Facts
The Broncos have lost each of their last seven November games as favorites against AFC opponents.
The Broncos have failed to cover the spread in each of their last 12 November games as favorites.
The Broncos have lost the first half in seven of their last eight November games as favorites against AFC opponents.
The Broncos have won the first quarter in each of their last three games against teams that held a winning record.
The Broncos have scored the first touchdown in four of their last five home games.
The Broncos rank 32nd in the NFL in yards allowed per game this season (400.1).
The Broncos rank 32nd in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game this season (160.0).
The Browns rank 1st in the NFL in yards allowed per game this season (243.3).
The Browns rank 1st in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game this season (143.7).
I’m leaning towards Denver here. I’m still not sold on the Browns even after the win against Pittsburgh, mainly because Pittsburgh’s offense hasn’t been good at all this season and they just fired their offensive coordinator if you needed more proof. The Broncos are playing really well right now on both sides of the ball, and should have no problems taking out the Browns who are still on PJ Walker and DTR as starting QB options while Russell Wilson looks to have turned back the clock with his recent play. Give me Denver here.