NFL Football: Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)
The Line: Cleveland Browns +1 — Over/Under: 44
The Los Angeles Chargers and Cleveland Browns meet Sunday in NFL action at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Chargers live. The Los Angeles Chargers look for a third straight victory to remain in the thick of the AFC playoff race. The Los Angeles Chargers have split their last eight road games. Philip Rivers is completing 70.1 percent of his passes for 1,495 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions.
Rivers has two touchdown passes in each of his last six games. Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon have combined for 633 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Mike Williams has 15 receptions. The Los Angeles Chargers ground game is averaging 115.6 yards per contest, and Gordon leads the way with 334 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 26 points and 365.8 yards per game. Denzel Perryman leads the Los Angeles Chargers with 31 tackles, Derwin James has three sacks and Kyzir White has one interception.
The Cleveland Browns have a chance to win their third game of the season for the first time since 2015. The Cleveland Browns have five home wins since the start of the 2015 season. Baker Mayfield is completing 58.9 percent of his passes for 838 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Mayfield enters this game with 107 career pass attempts under his belt. Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins have combined for 625 receiving yards and two touchdowns while David Njoku has 20 receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 144.6 yards per contest. And Carlos Hyde leads the way with 348 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 22.6 points and 368 yards per game. Joe Schobert leads the Cleveland Browns with 46 tackles, Myles Garrett has five sacks and Denzel Ward has three interceptions.
The Chargers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 6. The Browns are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 home games, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games in October and 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Chargers are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the underdog is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
We’re still trying to figure out how good the Los Angeles Chargers are, as they lost to both of the undfeated teams and beat up on three teams with a combined SU record of 4-11. The Chargers have honestly played the best of the best or the worst of the worst. The good news is the Chargers are winning the games they’re supposed to win and are getting great play out of Rivers.
The Cleveland Browns have gone to overtime in three of their five games, as the play and confidence has improved. But this is a club that continues to struggle finishing games and has scored 21 or less points in four of their first five games. Unless Mayfield and this Browns offense is going to have a breakout performance. I’m not sure they have the firepower to match the Chargers score for score. In a toss-up situation, give me the Chargers and the better quarterback.