New Orleans Saints vs Cleveland Browns Prediction, 12/24/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 16
Game: New Orleans Saints vs Cleveland Browns
Date: Saturday, December 24, 2022
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Browns (-3)
FirstEnergy Stadium is the location where the Cleveland Browns (6-8) will attempt to defeat the New Orleans Saints (5-9) on Saturday. Cleveland opens this matchup as 3-point favorites. The betting total comes in at 34.
The New Orleans Saints head into this matchup 5-9 this season. In their last contest, the Saints played against the Falcons and went home with a win by a final score of 21-18. Andy Dalton connected on 11/17 with 151 yds through the air and 2 TDs. He had a quarterback rating of 132.2 and finished the game with no picks. Alvin Kamara was the rushing leader for the Saints with 21 carries for 91 yds (4.3 yds per attempt). Rashid Shaheed left with an average of 31.7 yards per reception by totaling 95 yards on 3 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ended up running the ball 34 different times and accrued 134 yds, which had them averaging 3.9 yds per carry. In all, they tallied 55 plays which totaled 348 yards. New Orleans surrendered 13 pass completions on 26 attempts for a total of 89 yds, and a completion percentage of 50.0%. When it came to stopping the run, the Saints conceded 231 yds on 39 tries, which is an average of 5.9 yds per rush allowed.
Concerning putting the ball in the endzone, the New Orleans Saints hold an average of 20.4 PPG. As a team they're averaging 111.3 yards rushing which ranks them 21st in the NFL. The Saints have earned 4,813 total yards for the season. New Orleans has accounted for 159 1st downs as a team, and they have committed 92 penalties for 791 yards. They have given the ball to the opposition 22 different times (12 picks and 10 fumbles lost). When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, New Orleans has earned 23 touchdowns via the pass and 9 touchdowns via the ground.
In terms of passing yards, the Saints have conceded 2,731 yards which has them sitting in 7th in the NFL. They have yielded 195.1 yards per outing via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 62.0%. During this campaign, they are granting 327.6 yards/game putting them 11th in the league. They have granted 16 touchdowns through the air and 13 touchdowns pounding the rock. They are allowing 4.6 yards per running attempt and 132.6 yards on the ground per game this year. Overall, they have allowed 1,856 yards via the ground game in 14 games. The Saints are sitting in 16th in the league concerning the opposition scoring, conceding 22.5 PPG.
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The Browns come into this game with a record of 6-8 for this season. The last time they stepped on the gridiron, the Browns went home victorious with a score of 13-3 when they played the Ravens. Deshaun Watson (1 touchdown) finished the contest with 161 yards on 18/28 through the air while his quarterback rating was 91.5. He didn't toss any picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 5.8 yds. Nick Chubb ran the football 21 times for 99 yds, ending the game with 4.7 yards per carry for Cleveland. Amari Cooper was the best receiver for the Browns, snagging 4 footballs for 58 yards (14.5 yds per catch). Cleveland rushed the ball for 4.3 yards per attempt, finishing the contest with 143 yds on 33 carries. The Browns finished the contest with 283 yds while they ran 64 plays (4.4 yds per play). The Browns pass defense conceded a completion rate of 56.7%, relinquishing 126 yards on 17 for 30 passing. Cleveland relinquished 28 run attempts for 198 yards (7.1 yds per carry).
When looking at this team's ability to score points, the Browns are ranking 13th in the league scoring 22.4 points per game. During the season to this point, the Browns currently have a total of 2,991 passing yards not to mention an average of 213.6 throwing yards per contest, which ranks 20th out of all NFL teams. They hold an average of 149.0 yards per game on the ground and have run for 2,086 yards for the season. The Cleveland Browns maintain an average of 362.6 yards per outing which ranks them 8th in football. The Cleveland offense has racked up 735 yds of penalties on 86 violations, which is 10th in the NFL in terms of making mistakes. They have thrown 9 picks while allowing opponents to recover 9 fumbles and they have been able to record 157 first downs.
They have allowed 19 touchdowns from the passing game in addition to 209.4 yards per outing, which has them ranked 12th in the NFL. Cleveland has yielded a total of 1,863 yards on the ground (133.1 yards/game) as well as 17 touchdowns rushing for the season. Their defense has compiled 15 takeaways (8 fumbles recovered and 7 interceptions) this season. The Browns defense has been on the field for 852 plays, which ranks 8th in the NFL. This season, they have conceded 326 points in total. The Browns are allowing 23.3 points per game, ranking them 20th in the NFL.
Who will win tonight's Saints/Browns NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Saints +3
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