Las Vegas Raiders vs Cleveland Browns Prediction, 12/20/2021 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 15
Game: Las Vegas Raiders vs Cleveland Browns
Date: Monday, December 20, 2021
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Browns (-6.5)
The Cleveland Browns (7-6) will try to beat the Las Vegas Raiders (6-7) at FirstEnergy Stadium on Monday. Cleveland opens as 6.5-point favorites. The betting total is set at 51.
The Las Vegas Raiders head into this matchup 6-7 for this season. In their last game, the Raiders played against the Chiefs and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 48-9. Derek Carr connected on 33/45 with 263 yards through the air and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rating of 85.7 and walked away from the contest with 1 pick. Josh Jacobs was the rushing leader for the Raiders with 9 totes for 24 yds (2.7 yards per carry). Hunter Renfrow averaged 9.0 yds per reception by totaling 117 yards on 13 receptions. The Las Vegas Raiders rushed the ball a total of 12 different times and totaled 44 yds, which earned them an average of 3.7 yards per tote. Once the final whistle blew, they had 61 plays for 290 yds. Las Vegas conceded 20 pass completions on 24 tries for a total of 240 yards, and a completion percentage of 83.3%. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Raiders conceded 132 yards on 30 tries, which averages out to 4.4 yds per rush allowed.
The Raiders have earned 4,842 total yards this year. Las Vegas has amassed 169 first downs as an offense, and they have been called for 105 infractions for 939 yards. With reference to getting in the endzone, Las Vegas has compiled 18 passing touchdowns and 11 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the football over 17 times (10 picks and 7 fumbles). Offensively they're averaging 84.6 yards via the ground game which is 29th in the National Football League. Concerning scoring, the Las Vegas Raiders are averaging 21.8 PPG.
The Raiders are ranked 31st in the league concerning team defense, conceding 27.7 points per game. They are giving up an average of 4.3 yards per running attempt and 125.3 rushing yards per contest this year. During this campaign, they have allowed 1,629 rushing yards through 13 games. Regarding yards via the pass, the Raiders have surrendered 3,007 yards which puts them in 14th in the NFL. They are conceding 231.3 yards per outing through the air in addition to conceding a completion percentage of 68.0%. Overall, they are surrendering 356.6 yards per outing which ranks them 20th in the NFL. They have surrendered 24 touchdowns by air in addition to 14 touchdowns running the ball.
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The Browns step onto the field holding a record of 7-6 this season. When they last played, the Browns got the win with a final of 24-22 against the Ravens. Baker Mayfield (2 TDs) finished the game with 190 yards on 22/32 passing while his QB rating was 91.9. He had 1 pick and his average yards per pass attempt was 5.94 yds. Nick Chubb carried the rock 17 times for 59 yards, ending the contest with 3.5 yards per carry for Cleveland. Donovan Peoples-Jones was featured in the passing game for the Browns, hauling in 5 balls for 90 yds (18.0 yards per reception). Cleveland ran the ball for 3.4 yds per attempt, finishing with a total of 100 yards on 29 carries. The Browns finished the game with a total of 290 yards while running 61 plays (4.8 yds per play). The Browns pass defense gave up a completion rate of 73.8%, surrendering 271 yds on 31 for 42 through the air. Cleveland conceded 23 attempts on the ground for 118 yds (5.1 yards per rush).
In relation to their ability to score points, the Browns are 19th in football scoring 21.4 points per game. During this campaign so far, the Browns have compiled 2,674 yards through the air as well as an average of 205.7 passing yards per contest, ranking them 25th in the NFL. They maintain an average of 143.5 yards per game via the rush and have toted the ball for 1,865 yards overall. The Cleveland Browns hold an average of 349.2 yards/outing which has them ranked 16th out of all teams in the NFL. The Cleveland offense has racked up 813 yards of penalties on 89 violations, which ranks 7th in the NFL in terms of hurting your team. They have thrown 7 interceptions while letting opponents recover 7 fumbles and they have been able to obtain 137 1st downs.
Cleveland has surrendered a total of 1,381 rushing yards (106.2 yards per game) and 12 touchdowns rushing for the season. They have conceded 23 touchdowns through the air and 215.0 yards/game, which has them sitting 7th in the league. They have 16 takeaways (5 fumbles recovered and 11 picks) for the year. Over the course of the season, they have surrendered 289 points in total. The Browns defense has participated in 803 plays, which is 14th in the league. The Browns are surrendering 22.2 points per contest, which puts them in 14th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Raiders/Browns NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Raiders +6.5
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