New Orleans Saints (0-1) at Cleveland Browns (0-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 14, 2014, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cleveland Browns +6 -- Over/Under: 47.5
The New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns look to get in the win column when they clash Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The New Orleans Saints lost a heartbreaker in overtime to the Atlanta Falcons, 37-34. The Saints jumped out to a 13-0 lead and Mark Ingram looked sharp, leading the way with 60 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Drew Brees didn’t have a typical game judging by his standards, but he did throw for 333 yards and a touchdown. The thing that you have to like the most about the Saints offense is its running game that averaged four yards per carry and three touchdowns. If New Orleans can keep that ground production up, the Saints will once again have a nearly unstoppable offense. Defensively is where the New Orleans Saints continue to struggle, as they allowed 568 yards and six of 11 on third down. Curtis Lofton leads the Saints with 10 tackles and Tyrunn Walker had the team’s only sack.
The Cleveland Browns fell just short to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 30-27. However, the game shouldn’t have even been that close after the Browns trailed 27-3 heading into the half. Brian Hoyer completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 230 yards and a touchdown, while rookie Terrance West led the Browns rushing attack with 100 yards. The Browns clearly have something going with their running game with West and Isaiah Crowell, who rushed for two touchdowns. Overall, the Browns finished with 389 yards and averaged just over six yards per play. Defensively, the Cleveland Browns allowed 490 yards, which much of that came through the air. Donte Whitner leads the Browns with 13 tackles Paul Kruger had two sacks.
The Cleveland Browns have proven to be a feisty team that doesn’t go away and is hungry for a marquee win. Meanwhile, the New Orleans Saints are a completely different team outside of a dome.
I like the Browns and the points here, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they won the game SU.