We head into this matchup pitting the Oakland Raiders against the Cleveland Browns in a match-up where the Browns have won a game while the Raiders have not. After trading Khalil Mack, the Raiders have struggled on defense to stop anyone while the Browns picked up their first win of the season last week. The Raiders sit at 0-3 while the Browns are 1-1-1. This could be a very good match-up for both teams.
The Browns open this game as 3 point underdogs. The Raiders, now back at home after two away games look to bring home their first win of the season. They are favored to win by 2.5 points but are 1-2 against the spread this year. For reference, the Browns have beaten the spread in every game they have played this year. Look for the line to change as that starting QB situation for Sunday is finalized.
Browns vs. Raiders Odds
Spread: Oakland Raiders -3
Browns vs. Raiders Head to Head
The Raiders lead the all-time series against the Browns 14-10 with a record of 12-10 in the regular season. The Raiders and Browns last met on September 27, 2015 with the Raiders taking home a win 27-20 in Cleveland. The Raiders have not won at home against the Browns since 2011. This will mark the 25thmeeting between the two teams from their first game back in 1970.
Browns vs. Raiders Stats
The offenses of these two teams come in pretty similar and the only difference is the defense. The Browns score 20 points a game while the Raiders are sitting at 16 points a game. The Raiders give up 26.5 points a game while the Browns are giving up just 19.7 points a game. Looking at the offenses, the Browns gain 355 yards a game while the Raiders gain 389 yards a game. The Browns defense is much better in the run game though, they allow only 109 rushing yards a game compared to 154 allowed by the Raiders.
Browns vs. Raiders News
The biggest news from this matchup is the probable starting of Baker Mayfield at quarterback for the Browns. Mayfield led the Browns to their first win of the season last week after Tyrod Taylor went down with a concussion late in the second quarter. The Raiders are looking to avoid their fourth straight blown second-half lead of the year this week against the Browns. The Raiders have been outscored 37-3 in the three final quarters so far this year.
Browns vs. Raiders Predictions
The Browns and Raiders matchup is sure to be an exciting one especially if the Browns start Mayfield. The Raiders are hungry for their first win and could get it here this week. I expect the Raiders to have a lead into the second half, but due to a lack of defense, they won’t be able to pull it out. Look for the legend of Mayfield to continue to grow in this one. We think the Browns will come back late and cover for the win. Take Cleveland on the road.