Chicago Bears vs Cleveland Browns Prediction, 9/26/2021 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 3
Game: Chicago Bears vs Cleveland Browns
Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Browns (-8.5)
The Chicago Bears (1-1) are on their way to FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday where they will compete against the Cleveland Browns (1-1). Chicago opens this matchup as 8.5-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The total is set at 50.
The Chicago Bears come into this game with a record of 1-1 this year. In their last contest, the Bears stepped onto the field against the Bengals and went home with a win by a final score of 20-17. Justin Fields connected on 6/13 with 60 yards through the air. He had a QB rate of 27.7 and ended the contest with 1 interception. David Montgomery was the rushing leader for the Bears with 20 carries for 61 yards (3.1 yards per attempt). Darnell Mooney held an average of 11.0 yds per catch by notching 66 yds on 6 receptions. The Chicago Bears ran the football 34 times and totaled 123 yards, earning them an average of 3.6 yds per carry. In the game, they had 61 plays which gave them 206 yards. Chicago gave up 19 completions on 30 tries for a total of 179 yards, and a completion percentage of 63.3%. Against the rush, the Bears conceded 69 yards on 20 attempts, which calculates to 3.5 yards per run allowed.
When talking about getting in the endzone, the Chicago Bears are averaging 17.0 points per game. As a unit they average 128.5 yards rushing which is 8th in the NFL. The Bears currently have 528 total yards for the year. Chicago has tallied 20 1st downs offensively, and they have been called for 11 penalties for 105 yds. They have given the ball to the opposition 3 times (2 interceptions and 1 fumble lost).
The Bears are ranked 19th in the league in relation to team defense, conceding 25.5 PPG. They are giving up 3.3 yards per running attempt and 71.5 yards on the ground per game for the year. During this campaign, they have allowed 143 rushing yards through 2 games. Concerning passing yardage, the Bears have conceded 491 yards which has them sitting in 15th in the league. They are allowing 245.5 yards per outing through the air and giving up a completion percentage of 69.6%. During the season, they have given up 317.0 yards per game ranking them 8th in the league.
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The Browns head into this game 1-1 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Browns went home victorious with a score of 31-21 when they faced the Texans. Baker Mayfield (1 TD) ended the contest with 213 yds on 19/21 passing while his quarterback rating was 105. He threw 1 pick and his longest completion went for 33 yards. Demetric Felton was the top contributor in the passing game for the Browns, bringing in 2 balls for 51 yards (25.5 yds per catch). Nick Chubb ran the ball 11 times for 95 yards, walking away from the game with 8.6 yds per carry for Cleveland. The Browns finished the contest with a total of 355 yds and they ran 57 plays (6.2 yards per play). Cleveland ended up running for 4.6 yds per attempt, finishing with 156 yards on 34 attempts. Cleveland surrendered 28 rush attempts for 82 yards (2.9 yds per carry). The Browns pass defense conceded a completion rate of 62.1%, surrendering 220 yds on 18 out of 29 through the air.
The Cleveland Browns have an average of 406.0 yards per outing which has them sitting 8th in the NFL. They hold an average of 154.5 rushing yards per game and have run for 309 yards overall. The Cleveland offense has compiled 92 penalty yds on 10 violations, which ranks 27th in the NFL in terms of helping out the opposition. They have tossed 2 picks while allowing opponents to recover 2 fumbles and they have been able to earn 24 first downs. For the season thus far, the Browns currently have a total of 503 yards through the air along with holding an average of 251.5 passing yards per outing, putting them at 14th in football. Concerning the points being put on the board, the Browns are ranked 6th in the NFL with an average of 30.0 PPG.
The Browns are allowing 27.0 points per game, ranking them 21st in football. Cleveland has allowed the opposition a total of 155 rushing yards (77.5 yards per outing) as well as 2 touchdowns by way of the ground game for the 2020 season. They have allowed the opposition 5 touchdowns from the passing game in addition to 272.0 yards/outing, which puts them in 23rd in the league. The Browns defense has been on the field for 119 plays, which has them sitting 8th in the NFL. Over the course of the season, they have allowed 54 points in total. They have totaled 2 turnovers (1 fumble recovery and 1 pick) on the season.
Who will win tonight's Bears/Browns NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bears +8.5
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