NFL Betting Preview: Cleveland Browns vs. LA Chargers – Sunday, October 14, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio
When: Sunday, October 14th at 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Los Angeles Chargers -1
Quick Pick: Cleveland Browns +1 for 2 units
The Los Angeles Chargers enter this game with a record of 3-2 and have won three of their last four including last week’s win over the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 23-21.
The Cleveland Browns enter this game with a record of 2-2-1 and are 2-2 in their last four including last week’s win over the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 12-9.
Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Cleveland Browns.
The Browns are 2-2-1 and 4-1 ATS. The Browns are a much better team than they have been in recent years, as they are now winning the close games, but they still haven’t won a game in regulation time this season. Their last win in a regulation game against the Los Angeles Chargers in December of 2016. Cleveland is 4-1 ATS overall, 0-1 ATS after a win, 3-0 ATS at home and 3-1 ATS as an underdog.
Baker Mayfield leads the team in passing with 838 yards for 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Carlos Hyde leads the team in rushing with 348 yards and 5 touchdowns. Jarvis Landry leads the team in receiving with 29 receptions for 381 yards and a touchdown.
Cleveland is averaging 22.8 points per game which ranks 20th in the NFL. They are averaging 144.6 rushing yards per game which ranks 2nd in the NFL. They are averaging 231.4 passing yards per game which ranks 23rd in the NFL.
The Browns are allowing 22.6 points per game which ranks 12th in the NFL. They are allowing 116.6 rushing yards per game which ranks 22nd in the NFL. They are allowing 281.4 passing yards per game which ranks 27th in the NFL.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers are 3-2 overall and 2-3 ATS. The Chargers have been able to stay healthy on offense this season, but are still without Joey Bosa which has caused the pass rush and defense to suffer. Los Angeles is 2-3 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS after a win, 1-1 ATS on the road and 2-2 ATS as a favorite.
Philip Rivers leads the team in passing with 1,495 yards for 13 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Melvin Gordon leads the team in rushing with 334 yards and 3 touchdowns. Keenan Allen leads the team in receiving with 32 receptions for 372 yards and 1 touchdown.
Los Angeles is averaging 27.4 points per game which ranks 8th in the NFL. They are averaging 115.6 rushing yards per game which ranks 11th in the NFL. They are averaging 289.6 passing yards per game which ranks 13th in the NFL.
The Chargers are allowing 26 points per game which ranks 21st in the NFL. They are allowing 95.6 rushing yards per game which ranks 10th in the NFL. They are allowing 270.2 passing yards per game which ranks 19th in the NFL.
Browns get above .500 on the season with a win
The Cleveland Browns are an improved team with a decent defense. The Chargers are a good team but lack a pass rush which is causing them to have a below average pass defense. I look for the Browns to take advantage of the Chargers lack of pass rush on offense. With this being a home game, and already proving they can beat or play tight games with good teams, I see them getting the win against an average team. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.