Rams vs. Browns Point Spread: NFL Week 3 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Sep 17, 2019

Browns Baker Mayfield and Rams Jared Goff

It’s the first meeting between the Browns' Baker Mayfield and the Rams’ Jared Goff, both former No. 1 overall picks, and both coming off wins in week two.

L.A. Rams
9-7
AT
September 22, 2019, 8:20 PM ET
FirstEnergy Stadium
Cleveland
6-10
Pointspread -3.5 -120
Moneyline -210
Over / Under o +48

84%

Betting Action

16%

Pointspread +3.5 +100
Moneyline +175
Over / Under u +48

84%

Betting Action

16%

Intriguing matchup of very talented teams in the Sunday night game in Week 3 as the Los Angeles Rams visit the Cleveland Browns, with L.A. as a short favourite at Sports Interaction.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

This was circled as potential Super Bowl preview back when the schedule was released in April. The Rams were the second-favourites to win it the NFC at Sports Interaction behind New Orleans after L.A. lost in last season’s Super Bowl 13-3 to New England.

Cleveland was a third-favourite to win the AFC behind the Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, no team had more buzz entering the season than the Browns with their late-season surge last year and the emergence of then-rookie Baker Mayfield into a franchise quarterback. The Browns used to never be on prime-time television because they were so bad but this is their second game in a row under the lights and they have four total prime-time games scheduled. The Week 2-3 stretch is just the second time in team history the club plays prime-time games in consecutive weeks

Being in different conferences, the teams play in the regular season just once every four years. Thus, it’s the first meeting between Mayfield and the Rams’ Jared Goff, both former No. 1 overall picks. When the teams last played in 2015, they were both still in college and the Rams and Browns were lousy. The Rams were still in St. Louis and won 24-6 at home behind 128 yards rushing and two touchdowns from then-rookie Todd Gurley. How long ago was that? Johnny Manziel played a bit for Cleveland.

The Rams are 4-1 ATS in the past five in this series.

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams didn’t just beat the Saints on Sunday, 27-9, in a rematch of last season’s NFC title game but they may have altered the landscape of the entire conference by injuring the throwing thumb of Saints star quarterback Drew Brees. It happened when Rams All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald hit the thumb of Brees while the QB was passing. He’s going to miss at least six weeks. Jared Goff threw for 283 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for a score.

L.A. lost both right guard Austin Blythe (ankle) and tight end Tyler Higbee (chest) to injuries. The Rams are 5-1 ATS in their past six following a victory.

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland is on a short week after improving to 1-1 with Monday’s 23-3 win at the Jets. The Browns caught two major breaks there, first not having to face Jets starting QB Sam Darnold due to mono and then knocking out backup Trevor Siemian in the first half with an ankle injury. Cleveland would allow just 262 yards and many of those in garbage time. Mayfield threw for 325 yards, including an 89-yard catch-and-run TD to Odell Beckham Jr. Myles Garrett was unstoppable on defence with three sacks but also kept taking stupid penalties.

Top tight end David Njoku was knocked out of the game with a concussion and on a short week it’s not looking good for him vs. the Rams.

Cleveland has failed to cover its past seven after allowing fewer than 15 points in its previous game.

Who Will Win Rams vs. Browns?

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