New England Patriots (3-1) at Cleveland Browns (0-4)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 9, 2016, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cleveland Browns +10.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5
The New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns square off early Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium in a AFC matchup.
The New England Patriots look for a bounce back victory and have lost back-to-back games just twice since the 2013 season. Tom Brady will make his first start of the season after serving a four-game suspension. Brady has combined for more than 8,800 passing yards and 69 touchdowns in his last two seasons. Martellus Bennett and Julian Edelman have combined for 443 receiving yards and one touchdown while Chris Hogan has eight receptions. The New England Patriots ground game is averaging 135.5 yards per contest, and LeGarrette Blount leads the way with 352 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, New England is allowing 15.3 points and 365.8 yards per game. Logan Ryan leads the New England Patriots with 34 tackles, Jabaal Sheard has three sacks and Jamie Collins has two interceptions.
The Cleveland Browns look for a big upset to snap what has been a brutal seven-game regular season losing streak. Cody Kessler is completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 467 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Kessler has just 73 career pass attempts under his belt entering this game. Terrelle Pryor and Gary Barnidge have combined for 450 receiving yards and one touchdown while Duke Johnson Jr. has 18 receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 149.3 yards per contest, and Isaiah Crowell leads the way with 386 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 28.8 points and 378 yards per game. Jordan Poyer leads the Cleveland Browns with 31 tackles, Cam Johnson has two sacks and Jamar Taylor has two interceptions.
The Patriots are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games in Week 5. The Browns are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 5-2-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Could there be a worse spot for the Cleveland Browns? Not only are the Browns banged up at nearly every position and don’t have a reliable quarterback, but they’re now playing a New England Patriots team that gets Tom Brady back and lost last week to the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots rarely lose back-to-back games and you know Brady is going to be motivated to go nuts this season after his suspension. Anybody who remembers Spygate knows how Bill Belichick and Brady can be when angry, as they take it out on the field and don’t take their foot off the gas. This game is likely to get very ugly for the Browns.
Give em the New England Patriots to beat the Cleveland Browns by double digits.