Browns vs. Broncos NFL Pick – Week 15

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<p>The Cleveland Browns head into Colorado for a Saturday night meeting with the Denver Broncos. December features a couple of Saturday night games, this week being the first of the year. In the other matchup this evening, the Houston Texans and New York Jets are clashing at MetLife Stadium. The Browns and Broncos are likely to attract a bigger TV audience. People are still interested in seeing what Baker Mayfield is doing on the field. </p>
<p>Since Hue Jackson got fired, Mayfield has looked like a quarterback worthy of the No. 1 selection in the draft. It’d be interesting to see what kind of numbers he would be putting up in the Chiefs’ offense. Patrick Mahomes has some fun weapons in a fun offense to operate with. However, the Browns and Baker are turning a corner offensively. </p>
<p>Andy Reid knew how to make it a seamless transition from college to the NFL for Mahomes. They basically put elements of the Texas Tech offense in the KC offense. Since it’s worked so well with Mahomes, don’t be surprised if we see more coaches implementing more spread schemes at the professional level. Mayfield is getting comfortable in this scheme with Gregg Williams directing the show. </p>
<p>The Browns have a miniscule chance of reaching the playoffs. There odds of getting in is less than 1%, but I suppose, statistically they are still alive and anything could happen. Cleveland have a winnable game next week against the Bengals, and then have the Ravens on the road in Week 17, good luck with that. We’ll see what kind of performance he puts on in Denver on the road in a hostile environment. The Broncos will be eliminated from the playoff race with a loss on Saturday night. Head below for our free Browns vs. Broncos pick.   </p>
<h2 class=Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos NFL Week 15 Betting Odds:

Spread:
Browns +2.5(-110)
vs. Broncos -2.5(-110)

Total:
Over 45.5(-115)
Under 45.5(-105)

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Browns vs. Broncos Pick:

Baker has passed for 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions with a 93.4 QB rating. That doesn’t look all that impressive, but he’s only a rookie and has shown progress without Hue Jackson. Mayfield has looked ordinary against some of the better defenses in the league, though. He must work hard in the offseason to get improve himself, or he’s not going to ultimately evolve into the quarterback many people are claiming he is.

It’s common for rookies to get confused in the pocket by quality defenses, so he still has a mulligan. The two best defenses he’s played, the Texans and Ravens, Mayfield has passed for 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He’s picked on some bad secondaries this season, including the Bengals, Chiefs, Falcons, Raiders, and Buccaneers. In other words, don’t be so fast to crown him as an instant multi-year All-Star.

The Broncos are not what they used to be defensively. They had the best defense in the NFL when they won a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning. While they aren’t the best unit in 2018, the Broncos can still get after the quarterback. They’ve allowed 21.7 points per game for 9th in the NFL.

Denver been on the road the last two weeks and should feel comfortable back at home. The Broncos held the Steelers to just 17 points in their previous outing at home. In fact, they’ve held several really good offenses in check at Mile High.

They were a play away from the beating the Chiefs on MNF earlier in the season, a 27-23 loss, and then they held the Rams to 23 points, Steelers to 17 points, and the Texans scored just 19 points on the Broncos in Denver. I don’t see why the Browns are going to face an easier time at Mile High on Saturday night.

For all of the excitement regarding Baker Mayfield, the Browns have been suffering on defense. They are 31st with 411.2 yards allowed per game. The only team worse in that regard are the Bengals. On the road, Cleveland have given up an average of 29 points per game. Case Keenum is what he is, an average quarterback that isn’t earning his money. But he likely shows up to defeat the Browns on Saturday night in Denver. The Broncos get it done at home in primetime in Week 15.

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BRONCOS -2.5
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