Indianapolis Colts vs Cleveland Browns News & Picks
Indianapolis Colts vs Cleveland Browns Odds
|Indianapolis Colts||-1 -110||47½ -110 O||TBP|
|Cleveland Browns||+1 -110||47½ -110 U||TBP|
**Odds as of 10/09**
Straight Up (Sebastian Morera)
The Colts ride in with a surprising 3-1 record. Indy kicked the season off with a disappointing 27-20 loss to the Jags before mounting a three-game win streak over the Vikings, Jets and Bears. Considering that Chicago pulled one over old man Brady Thursday night, that win over the Bears is looking more impressive. Now Indianapolis has to measure up against Baker Mayfield and the Browns.
Cleveland enters sporting a 3-1 record as well. The Browns’ lone loss of the season came against the Ravens in their 2020 debut. Since, Cleveland has been playing lights-out football picking up wins over the Bengals, Washington Football Team, and the Dallas Cowboys. Now the Browns are coming in red hot and I’m fully expecting them to beat the Colts.
Against the Spread (Devlin Duckett)
The Indianapolis Colts (3-1) have been on a tear since losing inexplicably to Jacksonville in Week 1. The Colts defense is currently the best in the NFL, and they’re set to clash with the similarly surging Cleveland Browns (3-1) on Sunday.
The Browns ran for 307 yards vs the Cowboys last week, and that was mostly without star RB Nick Chubb. RBs Kareem Hunt and D’Ernest Johnson filled in brilliantly, and WR Odell Beckham showed that he can do it all on offense. However, we can expect Cleveland’s explosive offense to hit a wall on Sunday. That stifling Colts’ D trumps what the Browns offense will bring to the field. QB Baker Mayfield will be forced to perform under serious duress, and it won’t be very pretty.
On the flip side, Dallas QB Dak Prescott threw for 502 yards and four TDs against Cleveland last week. It’s easy to imagine Philip Rivers enjoying his best game in a Colt uniform, when going against that flimsy Browns secondary. I wish I could say that we’ll witness an epic battle in FirstEnergy Stadium, but I smell a Colts blowout.
It’s Raining Ducketts: Free ATS Pick, Indianapolis Colts -1½
Over/Under (Zack Robinson)
The Indianapolis Colts are winning but Philip Rivers hasn’t been what they expected. He threw for less than 220 yards in the previous three games and he is 4-3 in touchdowns and interceptions.
T.Y. Hilton has been a ghost, but TE Mo Alie-Cox and RB Jonathan Taylor have been there to carry the offense.
The Colts average 25.8 points per game and the total has gone over in four of Indianapolis’ last six games against an opponent from the AFC.
No Nick Chubb for at least four weeks. That’s a low blow for the Cleveland Browns but they have Kareem Hunt to replace him and D’Ernest Johnson looked good in Week 4 (13 carries, 95 yards).
The Browns average 31 points per game (fourth best in the league) and it looks like Odell Beckham Jr. is finally back.
The total has gone over in four of Cleveland’s last five games. Go over once again.