Cleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Rams
Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 7:20 PM (FirstEnergy Stadium)
The Line: Cleveland Browns +2.5 -- Over/Under: 51 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Rams and Cleveland Browns meet Sunday in NFL action at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Los Angeles Rams look for their second road win of the season to improve to 3-0 on the year. The Los Angeles Rams have won six of their last eight road games. Jared Goff is completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 469 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Goff has one or less touchdown passes in six of his last seven games. Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks have combined for 279 receiving yards and one touchdown while Robert Woods has 10 receptions. The Los Angeles Rams ground game is averaging 140.5 yards per contest, and Todd Gurley II leads the way with 160 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 18 points and 293.5 yards per game. Cory Littleton leads the Los Angeles Rams with 22 tackles, Dante Fowler Jr. has two sacks and John Johnson III with one interception.
The Cleveland Browns look for a statement victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Cleveland Browns have split their last six home games. Baker Mayfield is completing 60.3 percent of his passes for 610 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Mayfield has three interceptions in three of his last seven games. Odell Beckham Jr.and Jarvis Landry have combined for 331 receiving yards and one touchdown while Nick Chubb has seven receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 86 yards per contest, and Chubb leads the way with 137 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 23 points and 300.5 yards per game. Joe Schobert leads the Cleveland Browns with 15 tackles, Myles Garrett has five sacks and Morgan Burnett has two sacks.
The Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Browns are 9-21 ATS in their last 30 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 7-18-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The under is 15-6-1 in Browns last 22 home games. The under is 4-1 in Rams last 5 road games.
The Los Angeles Rams have split their last 10 games ATS as a road favorite. The Cleveland Browns have covered four of their last five games as a home underdog, with each of those last three covers resulting in outright victories. The Rams were let off the hook last week with the injury to Drew Brees and when you throw in the close call to the Carolina Panthers, I'm just not sure how good this team actually is and if the hype is worth it. The Cleveland Browns feasted on a third string quarterback Monday night and now get to prepare on a short week. I understand why the Rams are favored and I said last week the Browns don't deserve attention as a big favorite. However, as a home underdog is a completely different story. If the Browns are really going to make noise this season and this is a turn of a new era, this is a game they show up and win, against a Super Bowl contender on prime-time TV under the lights. The offense starts finishing drives with touchdowns and the defense continues to pressure opposing quarterbacks. I'll take a stab with the points and the Browns, a game they should win outright if they're really different from past years.