San Diego Chargers vs. Cleveland Browns Preview
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland
When: Saturday, December 24, 2016, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
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Betting on the San Diego Chargers (-6.5)
San Diego could use a breather right now after suffering its third-straight loss on Sunday. The Chargers were outlasted by the rampaging Oakland in Week 15, 19-16, and they will travel to Cleveland to face the going-nowhere Browns this coming Saturday.
That San Diego three-game skid is nothing compared to the catastrophic situation of the Browns, who remain winless up to this point of the season. Philip Rivers should be able to strip down Cleveland’s pathetic defense that allows 29.1 points and over 400 total yards per game.
The morale is just too low for Cleveland and the Chargers must be able to take advantage of that. Rivers, however, didn’t have a sparkling performance in the loss to the Raiders, passing for only 206 yards (17/30) and two touchdowns with a late-game interception. He was also sacked three times.
Cleveland has among the worst pass rush units in the NFL so Rivers could look forward to a bigger space in the pocket this Saturday.
The Chargers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games.
Betting on the Cleveland Browns (+6.5)
The Browns’ latest game was brought to us by, again, the letter L. Cleveland took another loss on Sunday, 33-13, at the hands of the Buffalo Bills, who ran amok against the Browns’ punching bag defense.
The Browns, who are now 0-14 SU, allowed 451 total yards to Buffalo. Their own offense, meanwhile, generated just 269 total yards with Robert Griffin III having a hard time directing the passing attack. Griffin passed for only 196 yards (17/28) with no touchdowns or interceptions. He was also seemingly left for dead by his o-line, as Griffin was sacked five times for a loss of 34 yards. The only Browns’ TD was from Griffin, who scored on a rushing attempt.
With only two games remaining on schedule, the Browns are running out of opportunities to win a game this season. It has been a disaster to say the least for the franchise, which is averaging just 15.7 PPG this season—second worst in the NFL. While there’s nothing spectacular nor passable by professional standards on the Browns’ offense, look for them to sling the ball against San Diego’s poor passing defense that ranks just 28th in the NFL.
The under is 4-0 in the Browns’ last four home games.
San Diego (-6.5) wins, 28-17.
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