Saturday, December 24, 2016
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The San Diego Chargers take on the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at FirstEnergy Stadium. The opening line for this game has San Diego as 6.5 point favorites and the over/under was set at 45.5. The Chargers are 7-7-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 8-5-1. The Browns have an over/under record of 7-7-0 and they are 2-12-0 against the spread.
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Philip Rivers finished with 206 yards through the air for San Diego last week. He completed 17 passes out of 30 attempts for a 57% completion percentage. The Chargers were led in rushing by Kenneth Farrow, who finished with 39 yards on 15 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 3 yards per carry. Dontrelle Inman was the team leader in receiving with a total of 68 yards and 5 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 14 yards per reception. As a team in that game San Diego got a total of 14 first downs. Of those first downs, 2 came on the ground while 12 came through the air. They ran 55 total plays for 263 yards for the game. The Chargers ran for 73 yards on 22 attempts.
Robert Griffin III finished with 196 yards passing for Cleveland last week. He went 17 for 28, resulting in a 61% completion percentage. The Browns were led on the ground by Griffin, who finished with 48 yards on 8 carries. He ended the game with an average of 6 yards per rush. Duke Johnson Jr. led the team in receiving with 62 yards and 5 catches. He finished the game with an average of 12 yards per reception. Cleveland had 16 first downs total. 6 came from running the ball and 8 came from a pass. They ran 54 total plays for 269 yards for the contest. The Browns ran for 107 yards on 21 carries as a team.
San Diego scores 26 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 4th in the NFL. In the passing department, they average 22 passes on 35 attempts for a 63% completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 258 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 8th in the league. The Chargers run for an average of 96 yards per game on 25 attempts for an average of 3.8 yards per carry. That ranks them 25th in the league. They also run 63 plays per contest and average 5.6 yards per play for an average of 354 yards per game, ranking their offense 13th overall this season. The Chargers average 21 first downs per game which ranks them 8th in the NFL. They accumulate 45.6 penalty yards per game via 6.3 penalties, which ranks 15th in the league.
San Diego allows 257 passing yards per game, ranking 22nd, and they allow 26 points per contest on defense, which ranks 29th. They give up 23 completions on 37 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 62%. The Chargers allow 96 rushing yards per game on 25 carries for an average of 3.8 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 10th in the NFL. San Diego allows 353 total yards per game including 5.5 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 18th in terms of yards per game. They get flagged for 7.9 penalties for 55.3 yards per game, ranking them 31st among NFL teams.
Cleveland averages 16 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 31st in the league. In the passing department, they complete 21 passes per game on 36 attempts for a 58% completion percentage. They throw for 209 yards through the air per game, ranking them 28th. The Browns run for an average of 97 yards per game on 21 attempts for an average of 4.6 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 26th on the ground. They also run 60 plays per game and average 5.1 yards per play for a total of 306 yards per game, ranking them 30th in the league on offense. The Browns get an average of 18 first downs per game, which ranks 31st. They average 46.8 penalty yards per game via 6.1 penalties, ranking them 28th in the NFL.
Cleveland allows an average of 245 passing yards per game, which ranks 15th in the league. Their defense overall allows 29 points per contest, which has them ranked 31st. They give up 21 completions on 33 attempts for a completion percentage of 64% per game. The Browns allow 156 rushing yards per contest on 32 carries for a 4.9 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 31st in the NFL. Cleveland allows 401 total yards per game for an average of 6 yards per play, which ranks 31st in the league. They force 6.1 penalties for 56.8 yards in each contest, ranking 9th.
San Diego Betting Trends
San Diego is 8-5-1 against the over/under this season
San Diego has an ATS record of 7-7-0 this season
Cleveland Betting Trends
Cleveland is 7-7-0 against the over/under this season
Cleveland has an ATS record of 2-12-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
12/19/16 T King Dunlap Undisclosed injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Cleveland
12/18/16 CB Craig Mager Elbow "?" Saturday vs. Cleveland
12/18/16 RB Melvin Gordon Hip "?" Saturday vs. Cleveland
12/17/16 DE Joey Bosa Neck probable Sunday vs. Oakland
12/14/16 CB Brandon Flowers Concussion IR
12/14/16 DT Tenny Palepoi Suspension expected to miss 4 games
11/30/16 LB Jerry Attaochu Foot IR
11/16/16 NT Brandon Mebane Bicep IR
10/12/16 LB Nick Dzubnar Knee IR
10/05/16 CB Jason Verrett ACL IR
09/27/16 LB Manti Te'o Achilles IR
09/20/16 RB Danny Woodhead Knee IR
09/11/16 WR Keenan Allen Knee IR
09/02/16 NT Sean Lissemore Undisclosed IR
09/02/16 WR Javontee Herndon Knee IR
09/02/16 TE Jeff Cumberland Achilles IR
08/31/16 G Chris Watt Knee PUP
08/31/16 G Donavon Clark Knee IR
08/30/16 RB Branden Oliver Achilles IR
08/11/16 WR Stevie Johnson Knee IR
12/19/16 WR Terrelle Pryor Sr. Finger probable Saturday vs. San Diego
12/15/16 OL Alvin Bailey Suspension expected to miss 2 games
11/30/16 OL John Greco Foot IR
10/17/16 DB Jordan Poyer Kidney IR
10/14/16 OL Joel Bitonio Foot IR
10/12/16 C Austin Reiter ACL IR
09/29/16 WR Josh Gordon Personal out for season
09/24/16 K Patrick Murray Knee IR
09/02/16 DL Desmond Bryant Pectoral IR
Guy's Pick: Take San Diego -6.5
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