San Diego Chargers (5-9) at Cleveland Browns (0-14)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 24, 2016, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Cleveland Browns +6 -- Over/Under: 44
The San Diego Chargers and Cleveland Browns meet Christmas Eve afternoon in a NFL game at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The San Diego Chargers look for their sixth victory of the season to snap a three-game losing streak. The San Diego Chargers have lost eight of their last 10 road games. Philip Rivers is completing 61.5 percent of his passes for 3,795 yards, 29 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Rivers has two or more touchdown passes in his last seven games. Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman have combined for 1,640 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Travis Benjamin has 44 receptions. The San Diego Chargers ground game is averaging 96.2 yards per contest, and Melvin Gordon leads the way with 997 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, San Diego is allowing 26.1 points and 352.7 yards per game. Korey Toomer leads the San Diego Chargers with 70 tackles, Melvin Ingram has seven sacks and Casey Hayward has seven interceptions.
The Cleveland Browns are still looking for their first regular season win since December 13 of 2015. The Cleveland Browns have lost eight straight home games. Robert Griffin III is completing 50 percent of his passes for 490 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. RGIII has 82 pass attempts under his belt this season. Terrelle Pryor Sr. and Gary Barnidge have combined for 1,407 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Duke Johnson Jr. has 51 receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 96.9 yards per contest, and Isaiah Crowell leads the way with 746 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 29.1 points and 400.8 yards per game. Christian Kirksey leads the Cleveland Browns with 126 tackles, Emmanuel Ogbah has 5.5 sacks and Jamar Taylor has two interceptions.
The Chargers are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Browns are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 home games and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Chargers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Call me crazy, but this could be the game where the Cleveland Browns finally get in the win column. The San Diego Chargers aren't playing for anything and the last thing they want is to leave sunny Cali for freezing Cleveland where the weather is sure to be horrible. The Chargers also have serious road struggles that date back to last season and have a quarterback in Rivers who has been extremely turnover prone this season. Yes, the Browns are awful, but this is their last chance to avoid an 0-16 season, as there's no chance they win in Pittsburgh next week. I'm just not real confident in the Chargers on the road.
I'll take the Browns and my free six points and may even sprinkle the moneyline as well.