Cleveland Browns vs Washington Commanders

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The Cleveland Browns kick off the New Year in our nation’s capital, with a January 1st game against the Washington Commanders.

Browns vs. Commanders Betting Preview

It’s an old-school feel in D.C., and the Browns vs. Commanders stats back up the feeling. Two long-time NFL franchises and two teams that like to run the football and play good defense. Although a big part of the Browns vs. Commanders odds do swing on the passing attacks.

The Browns are led by wide receiver Amari Cooper, who has made the transition into a new offense this season. The Commanders have Terry McLaurin, but also rookie Jahan Dotson has been a big part of what Washington has done right his season on offense.

Rivalry History

The Washington Commanders trace their history back to the 1930s, and the Browns have been in the NFL since the 1940s, and the first time they ever played against one another was 1950. The Browns were one of the most dominant teams in the NFL in those early years, and it carried over to their series with Washington. Cleveland won the first nine meetings against Washington.

Overall that series lead is 34-12-1, and in total scores, the difference between the two teams over the years is even greater. The average score over their 47 meetings is Cleveland 25, Washington 16.

In more recent and relevant history, the two teams played in Cleveland in 2020, with the Cleveland Browns getting the win, 34-20. Nick Chubb ran for over 100 yards, Terry McLaurin had 83 yards receiving, and Myles Garrett recorded a pair of sacks.

Matchup Trends

The Browns vs. Commanders stats don’t tell the complete story of these two teams, since Cleveland spent the first 11 weeks of the season playing with a different quarterback. The offense is very different here at the end of the season, and the expectations of how many points they will score has also changed.

This is still a team that prefers to control the ball, which is reflected in the Browns vs. Commanders odds. But there is a more explosive side to the Browns offense now, and that must be considered when you examine this NFL matchup.

Venue Information

This game will be played at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. It was originally called Jack Kent Cooke Stadium when it first opened in 1997.

From 2004 to 2010, Washington led the NFL in paid attendance, but in the years since then the team has been bad, and the stadium has become even worse. Last season on three different occasions, there were water leaks on or near fans, and a railing broke near the players’ tunnel that sent a number of fans tumbling to the ground near Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts.

When Washington played at RFK Stadium, they enjoyed a large home-field advantage, but at FedEx Field, they were just 95-105-1 in the regular season heading into 2022 and just 1-3 in the playoffs.

Betting Tips for Cleveland Browns at Washington Commanders

Be sure to look at the NFL schedule and see how it has influenced the Browns vs. Commanders odds. The Browns play the Bengals, Ravens, and Saints before they finish the season on the road in Washington and Pittsburgh.

The Commanders get the New York Giants twice, sandwiched around their bye week, then the 49ers on the road, before returning home to finish against the Browns and Dallas Cowboys.

One of the Browns vs. Commanders stats to know before placing your wager is how each team has done traditionally as an NFL pick against the spread. Neither team was very good in 2021, with Cleveland finishing the year 7-10 against the spread, while the Commanders were 7-9-1

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