Cleveland Browns (0-2) at Indianapolis Colts (0-2)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 24, 2017, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Indianapolis Colts +1 -- Over/Under: 40.5
The Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts meet Sunday in NFL action at the Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Cleveland Browns need a victory here in order to avoid back-to-back 0-3 starts to the season. The Cleveland Browns haven’t won a road game since October of 2015. DeShone Kizer is completing 57.4 percent of his passes for 404 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Kizer and Kevin Hogan have combined for two touchdown passes this season. Seth DeValve and Rashard Higgins have combined for 198 receiving yards on 13 catches while Duke Johnson Jr. has five receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 75 yards per contest, and Isaiah Crowell leads the way with 70 yards on 27 carries. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 22.5 points and 313.5 yards per game. Lamar Taylor leads the Cleveland Browns with 15 tackles, Christian Kirksey has one sack and Derrick Kindred has one interception.
The Indianapolis Colts also need a victory here in order to avoid their first 0-3 start since the 2011 season. The Indianapolis Colts have have lost four of their last six home games. Jacoby Brissett is completing 55 percent of his passes for 267 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Brissett has zero touchdown passes on 95 career pass attempts. Jack Doyle and T.Y. Hilton have combined for 226 receiving yards on 17 catches while Donte Moncrief has three receptions. The Indianapolis Colts ground game is averaging 75.5 yards per contest, and Frank Gore leads the way with 88 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Indianapolis is allowing 31 points and 381 yards per game. Matthias Farley leads the Indianapolis Colts with 18 tackles, John Simon has one sack and Malik Hooker has one interception.
The Browns are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 6-21-1 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Colts are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in September and 25-8 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Browns are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
I've bashed the Indianapolis Colts hard dating back to last season, as I don't think this is a good football team with Andrew Luck, so you can imagine how I feel without him. With that said, the Browns haven't been lighting the world on fire, and they are quickly approaching not winning a road game in two full years. Brissett looked decent last week and the Colts had their chances to beat the Arizona Cardinals. At home, I'm leaning the Colts in this spot. Even though the Browns are more talented than people think, they're not winning games, especially on the road, so it's tough to back them in a pick em spot. I'll take the Colts even if my confidence level isn't high.