GAME MOVED TO MONDAY AT 5:00 P.M. EST
The Las Vegas Raiders and Cleveland Browns will attempt to get this game off the ground on Saturday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Covid cases are piling up for the Browns, and they’re going into Saturday down to their third-team quarterback.
Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum have both been ruled out for Week 15. That leaves the Browns with Nick Mullens slated to start on Saturday. The former 49er hasn’t seen any game action this season.
Stefanski: "We have guys on this roster, who we have been developing. […] If we are calling on them this week, they will be ready."
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 15, 2021
He filled in for an injured Jimmy Garoppolo last season and it didn’t go too well. The Browns are going to have to roll with Mullens and hope for the best. Along with Mullens, there’s a slew of other Browns on the Covid list.
The list is long for the Browns, and it includes players on both sides of the ball. There’s currently at least 20 Browns in healthy and safety protocol. The names continue to grow for the Browns. They aren’t even the team with the most players in protocol either.
The Los Angeles Rams are up to 26 players and scheduled to play this weekend, and the NFL has no intention of halting that game. Last season the Broncos had to play with a wide receiver at quarterback, so the NFL will look at every avenue before cancelling a game.
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) December 17, 2021
The Raiders head to Cleveland feeling in the dumps after getting blasted by the Kansas City Chiefs. They were throttled for a 48-9 final at Arrowhead Stadium. It almost seemed like the Raiders gave up in that one, like they’re throwing in the towel on the season.
This came after a tough one to swallow at home against the Washington Football Team. The Raiders were edged out at Allegiant Stadium by a score of 17-15 in a season crippler. Las Vegas really needed that one, but just couldn’t come with an extra play.
Head below for our free Raiders vs. Browns pick on December 18, 2021.
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Las Vegas Raiders||-3.5 (-112)||-180||Over 41 (-110)|
|Cleveland Browns||+3.5 (-108)||+160||Under 41 (-110)|
|Team Data||Las Vegas Raiders||Cleveland Browns|
|Points Per Game||21.8||21.4|
|Points Against Per Game||27.7||22.2|
|Passing Yards Per Game||287.8||205.7|
|Rushing Yards Per Game||84.6||143.5|
Raiders vs. Browns Prediction:
Most of the problems for the Browns are on their offense. The Covid list is long with impactful players on the Browns’ offense.
Baker Mayfield, Case Keenum, Jedrick Wills, Wyatt Teller, Austin Hooper, and Jarvis Landry are all on the list to name some important players.
There’s a chance that Njoku is removed after testing positive last week, but there could be more starters added by the time we kick this game off on Saturday afternoon.
This is going to be really tough for Cleveland, but at least they have the running game. Mullens can hand the ball off to Nick Chubb and allow him to go to work.
Chubb is expected to play, so the Browns can line up and give it to him as much as they want in this one. It’s going to be a poor weather game.
There is rain and wind in the forecast on Saturday in Cleveland. The weather is going to throw another variable into this game.
The Browns might be without a full team in this one, but they still have a much better running game than the Raiders. They can control the clock and keep the ball away from Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns Betting Trends:
- 1-5 ATS in their previous six games
- 1-5 ATS in their previous six games versus the AFC
- 0-4 ATS in their previous four games as a favorite at FirstEnergy Stadium
- UNDER is 4-1 in their previous five games in Cleveland
- UNDER is 5-2 in their previous seven games
- 0-4 ATS in their previous four games
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games at FirstEnergy Stadium
- UNDER is 19-6-1 in their previous 26 games versus a team with a losing home record
- UNDER is 4-0 in their previous four games versus a team with a losing record
- UNDER is 19-7 in their previous 26 games as a home underdog
The Raiders likely aren’t going to move the ball in bad weather. This is a tough spot for them despite the issues that the Browns are going through with Covid. The Raiders have to fight the rain and wind with a non-existent run game.
Las Vegas is 29th in the NFL with an average of 84.6 rushing yards per game. Derek Carr has thrown for yards with 287.8 passing yards per game. The Raiders are second through the air this season.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 16, 2021
It’s going to be tough to move the ball, though, and Carr still has to deal with Myles Garrett who is scheduled to play. The Browns are 4th in the league with 321.1 yards allowed per game, with 215 yards allowed per game across the air.
Cleveland should be able to stuff their run game as well. They are 11th with 106.2 yards against per game on the ground. I’m more concerned with the Browns’ offense than their defense.
The total is low here for a reason. With question marks for both offenses, the UNDER is probably still the right place to look. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 20-14 or 17-13 final score in Cleveland.