Cleveland Browns vs Los Angeles Chargers Predictions, Odds, Picks
- Thanks to defensive upgrades, the Browns are now deadly on both sides of the ball
- The 3-1 LA Chargers are co-leaders of the AFC West with a top-10 defense
Browns vs Chargers Odds
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|Browns vs Chargers||Point Spread||Odds|
|Cleveland Browns||+1.5 |
|Los Angeles Chargers||-1.5 |
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After an offseason of defensive upgrades, the Cleveland Browns are deadly on both sides of the ball, with DE Myles Garrett looking like the Defensive Player of the Year and their running back duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt outstanding in the backfield, and now it will be up to QB Baker Mayfield to get his throwing arm right and stay worthy of leading this AFC powerhouse.
The 3-1 Los Angeles Chargers looked incredible during their Week 4 MNF win over the undefeated Raiders, 28-14, with the Chargers’ young quarterback Justin Herbert throwing for three touchdowns and no picks while the defense, led by EDGE rusher Joey Bosa, posted three sacks and an interception, this AFC West co-leader now a formidable opponent.
These two AFC rivals have met each other 27 other times, with the Los Angeles Chargers winning 17 of those games and the Cleveland Browns winning 9 of the games, plus there’s been one tie.
Can Browns QB Baker Mayfield Re-Find His Accuracy?
The Browns traveled to Minnesota and beat the Vikings in Week 4, but that was mostly thanks to a rushing outburst featuring Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt and a stellar defensive effort that made MN’s talented QB Kirk Cousins look inept, with Cleveland’s starting QB Baker Mayfield having the worst game of the season.
Mayfield missed some key passes to receivers including a wide-open Odell Beckham Jr. for a certain touchdown, Baker completing just 45 percent of his passes, which made his offense look ineffective, that after looking like Super Bowl contenders in Week 1 against the Chiefs.
Blame it on his hurt non-throwing shoulder or his nerves, but either way Mayfield must get right for this matchup with the Chargers because L.A.’s defense is strong enough to force him to have to make a game-winning march down the field, something he has not yet proven he can do.
Can the Chargers Offensive Line Slow Cleveland’s Pass Rush?
So far this season, Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert has been sacked seven times, but his offensive line has yet to meet the Browns defensive front that has been making lots of noise lately.
L.A. rookie left tackle Rashawn Slater will have his blind side hands and pads full with either DE Myles Garrett or DE Jadeveon Clowney, two of Cleveland’s many pass rushers who have helped the team co-lead the league with 14 total sacks.
For the Chargers’ young QB Justin Herbert to be effective, he needs at least a couple of seconds in the pocket to go through his various progressions, so it will be up to LA’s front five to give him the time he requires.
Browns Key Player: (DE) Myles Garrett
No only is Browns DE Myles Garrett a uniquely sculpted physical specimen, he possesses speed and quickness and the ability to run while almost horizontal, making him one of the most dangerous pass rush threats playing in the league.
Right now Garrett leads the league with 6 sacks and 7 tackles for a loss, plus he has posted 13 quarterback hits and 19 total tackles, numbers that some players can’t accumulate all season and those are just in four games.
A legitimate candidate for defensive player of the year if he can stay healthy, Garrett will be a handful for the Chargers offensive line on Sunday afternoon, and whether he can get inside Justin Herbert’s head with a few rough sacks could be the difference in the game.
Chargers Key Player: (DE) Joey Bosa
At 6’ 5” and 280 pounds, Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa is surprisingly quick and jerky on the field, and teams will typically double team and chip him because otherwise it gets ugly for their quarterback.
Bosa has 2.5 sacks so far this season and he leads the league in forced fumbles with 2, plus he has 11 combined tackles and six quarterback hits, a defensive leader for L.A. that has a constantly churning engine geared towards wreaking lots of havoc.
The Browns have one of the better front lines in the NFL right now, but their left tackle Jedrick Wills has been limited by a nagging injury to his ankle, so Bosa and the Chargers will most likely challenge whoever fills his place.
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How to Watch Browns vs Chargers
|Browns vs Chargers Information|
|What||Cleveland Browns vs Los Angeles Chargers|
|Where||SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA|
|When||Sunday, October 10, 2021; 4:05 PM ET|
|How to watch||CBS|
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Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]