The Cleveland Browns are reeling following an embarrassing 31-3 blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. With a tough schedule coming up, there will be no room for trial and error as they try to get their season back on track. The schedule ramps up for them, though, as they host Seattle this week, then have to play the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills in their next three games. If they don’t do 2-2 or better, their playoff hopes will take a big hit.
NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The Seahawks will have to travel across the country for an early start in the Eastern Time Zone this week but there are some numbers that illustrate how well they have done exactly that in the past. Seattle is 4-0 against the spread (ATS) in its last four games as a road underdog and 6-2 ATS in their last eight October games. The Seahawks are also 9-4-2 ATS in their last 15 games as a road underdog overall. With a 13-4 record straight up against AFC teams, Seattle will not be intimidated by this challenge.
Meanwhile, Cleveland is looking for some sort of spark following last week’s demoralizing loss in prime time. The Browns are 2-3 against the spread this season with some ugly losses to try to put behind them. Cleveland is also just 3-14 straight up in its last 17 games against NFC opponents.
With Russell Wilson playing at an MVP level, there is no reason to think that the Seahawks can’t contend in the NFC. Seattle bounced back from a tough loss to the New Orleans Saints with a big win over the NFC West rival Rams last week. Now they need to figure out how to keep the momentum going on the road. Running back Chris Carson should see a good number of touches as the Seahawks attempt to slow down the Cleveland pass rush with the run game and play-action passes. The Browns just gave up 275 rushing yards to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.
The Seahawks defense has done just enough to earn some close wins but ultimately will need to be better in order for this team to take the next step. A matchup against a struggling Browns offense should provide the perfect opportunity to do exactly that.
The fact that Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland offense was held to just three points in last week’s loss to San Francisco is absolutely embarrassing. With weapons like Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry and Nick Chubb, this unit has to do better.
Now the Browns will have to head back home for another tough showdown against a quality opponent in Seattle. Mayfield didn’t have much time to throw the football downfield against the 49ers as they pressured him all night. Expect the Seahawks to get creative with the way that they attack him in this one.
Seattle’s had trouble stopping the run this season as they gave up 4.6 yards per carry to the Los Angeles Rams last week, 5.0 to the Arizona Cardinals, 4.3 to Alvin Kamara in Week 3 and 5.1 to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2. Look for the Browns to ride Chubb and their season back on track.