Cleveland Browns (3-10) at Seattle Seahawks (8-5)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 20, 2015, 4:05 PM (EST)|
The Line: Seattle Seahawks -14.5 -- Over/Under: 43
The Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks meet Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field.
The Cleveland Browns look to win back-to-back games for the first time since last season. Johnny Manziel is completing 61 percent of his passes for 1,203 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. Manziel has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Gary Barnidge and Travis Benjamin have combined for 1,768 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Brian Hartline has 46 receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 85.9 yards per contest, and Isaiah Crowell leads the way with 542 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 27.5 points and 385.2 yards per game. Karlos Dansby leads the Browns with 89 tackles, Armonty Bryant has 5.5 sacks and Tramon Williams has nine pass deflections. Andrew Hawkins, Joe Haden and Justin Gilbert are questionable.
The Seattle Seahawks look to win their fifth straight game as they get into playoff mode. Russell Wilson is completing 68.8 percent of his passes for 3,289 yards, 26 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Wilson has 13 touchdown passes in his last three games. Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett have combined for 1,400 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Jermaine Kearse has 36 receptions. The Seattle Seahawks ground game is averaging 144.8 yards per contest, and Wilson leads the way with 456 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Seattle is allowing 18.1 points and 307.8 yards per game. K.J. Wright leads the Seahawks with 97 tackles, Michael Bennett has 8.5 sacks and Richard Sherman has 11 pass deflections. Jordan Hill and Demarcus Dobbs are questionable.
The Browns are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win and 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Seahawks are 7-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The home team is 2-0-2 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
I'm not laying this much chalk in an NFL game, especially when the Seahawks have been real inconsistent overall and are now down to their third-string running back. However, I will side with the over in this game. The Browns offense has an energy boost with Manziel and Wilson is playing simply flawless football as of late.
I expect a lot of points in this game and for the total to be topped.