The Cleveland Browns come into their matchup with the Chargers after losing to the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 23-20 in a game that they could have won.
It was not the best play calling by head coach Kevin Stefanski, and it is difficult to stop the run when the defense is without four starters.
Meanwhile, the Chargers got back to their winning ways as they pulled out a 34-24 victory on the road over the Houston Texans.
The game shouldn’t have been as close as the final score suggests, mostly because of a handful of lackluster second-half efforts.
Despite this, the offense managed to post big numbers, and more importantly, they did so efficiently and won the game on the road. Our Chargers vs. Browns betting picks will be partially determined by these past performances.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cleveland Browns
Chargers vs. Cleveland Matchup Info
- Date and Time: Sunday, Oct 9, 1:00 pm
- Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium, Clevland, Ohio.
- How to Watch: CBS
The Browns and Los Angeles Chargers square off on the NFL Schedule for an AFC battle and potential playoff matchup at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Chargers own the all-time series with an 18-9-1 record. The Chargers have won four of the last five matches dating back to 2015.
With Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney, and Taven Bryan all out against the Atlanta Falcons, the Cleveland Browns entered the contest without any defensive line support.
They struggled to stop the run, and it showed in the second half when they, at one point, gave up 14 straight scoring runs.
The Browns were able to limit quarterback Marcus Mariota to only 139 yards and an interception in the air, allowing the Falcons to rush for 202 yards on the day.
In the end, the Browns’ offense struggled a little bit more than anticipated in this game, as quarterback Jacoby Brissett regressed and the offense coughed up two turnovers.
- DT Taven Bryan (Hamstring)
- OT Joel Haeg (Concussion)
- and DE Myles Garrett (Shoulder/Biceps)
Are all listed as OUT.
DE Jadeveon Clowney (Ankle) is questionable.
Betting Trends to Know
The Browns are 2-2 ATS this season.
The OVER is 3-1 in Cleveland’s four games this season.
Los Angeles Chargers
In a 34-24 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon at NRG Stadium, Los Angeles Chargers standings improved to 2-2, and quarterback Justin Herbert threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns.
At halftime, the Texans were down by as many as 27-7 before closing the gap to three points in the fourth quarter.
With 2:34 remaining, however, the Chargers escaped with a safety touchdown when running back Austin Ekeler caught a 14-yard score.
Because they gave up 346 yards and 6.5 yards per play, the defense struggled. Despite creating two turnovers, they were outscored 17-7 in the second half.
- TE Donald Parham Jr. (Hamstring)
- DE Joey Bosa (Groin)
- LT Rashawn Slater (Biceps)
Are all on IR. WR Kennen Allen (hamstring) is questionable.
Betting Trends to Know
The Chargers are 3-1 against the spread this season
The Chargers are 2-0 ATS as the away team
Chargers vs. Browns Odds Breakdown
When it comes to Chargers vs. Browns betting picks, the Los Angeles Chargers will be the -3 (-110) spread and -145 moneyline favorite, thanks to their strong offense despite being on the road.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns betting odds come in at +3 (-110) on the spread and +125 on the moneyline as home underdogs after losing their last contest to a pitiful Atlanta Falcons squad.
The Over/Under is settling around 48 points.
Cleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Chargers Betting Picks
Cleveland was playing without a handful of starters on the defensive side, and the offense continued to show their inept ability to put up points.
The Chargers rank seventh in total offense, and they finally got Austin Ekler going at running back. The Chargers take this one on the road. (Chargers -145)
We know the Chargers can score at will, but the Browns’ offense hasn’t been as strong. Nick Chubb and the Browns’ rushing attack is second best in the league, and the Browns are still posting 26.3 points per game.
I think this has the potential to be a shootout, and the total will go higher than 48 points. (Over 48 -110) The Browns just haven’t played quality competition up to this point.
The Browns have wins over the Panthers (1-3) and Steelers (1-3), with losses to the Jets (2-2) and Falcons (2-2). The Chargers play well on the road, and they have both a better offense and defense right now. (Chargers -3, -110).
Chargers vs. Browns Score Prediction
When it comes to Chargers vs. Browns betting picks, the Cleveland Browns and the rest of the NFL saw Jacoby Brisset for what he truly is in the NFL, a backup quarterback.
Brisset struggled against a mediocre Atlanta Falcons team that gave them several chances to put this game away.
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Despite this, they turned the ball over twice and racked up numerous penalties while letting Atlanta skate by.
The Chargers are on a different level offensively, and the Browns have too many injuries on defense to compete with Los Angeles.
Score Prediction: Chargers 31, Browns 26
NFL Pick: Chargers -3 (-110)