Oakland Raiders (1-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 27, 2015, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cleveland Browns -3.5 -- Over/Under: 41.5
The Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns meet Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Oakland Raiders look to get a game above a .500 record with their first road victory. Derek Carr is completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 412 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Carr has a touchdown pass in five of his last six games. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree have combined for more than 200 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Latavius Murray has 10 receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game is averaging 80 yards per contest, and Murray leads the way with 109 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Oakland is allowing 33 points and 444.5 yards per game. Malcolm Smith leads the Raiders with 19 tackles, Neiko Thorpe has an interception and TJ Carrie has a forced fumble. Benson Mayowa, Jamize Olawale and Justin Ellis are questionable with injuries.
The Cleveland Browns look to build on last week’s victory over the Titans. Johnny Manziel is completing 53.8 percent of his passes for 354 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Manziel has three touchdowns on 21 completions. Travis Benjamin and Andrew Hawkins have combined for more than 270 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Gary Barnidge has four receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 110 yards per contest, and Isaiah Crowell leads the way with 92 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 22.5 points and 359 yards per game. Donte Whitner leads the Browns with 18 tackles, Armonty Bryant has 2.5 sacks and Tashaun Gipson has an interception. Josh McCown, Justin Gilbert and Scott Solomon are questionable with injuries.
We have two teams here that are quite diffiuclt to figure out. Are the Raiders really that surprise team that can take another step forward? Are the Browns going to be consistent if Manziel takes over full time at quarterback? Too many questions.
Honestly, I like the Browns at home here, as Manziel gives Cleveland a different kind of confidence that rubs off on the team. Also, Oakland has the worst defense in the league two weeks into the season. Give me the Browns and the reasonable chalk.