The Cleveland Browns (-2.5) and Arizona Cardinals are ready to do battle on the dome of University of Phoenix Stadium. This late afternoon game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET and fans can watch the action on CBS.
Cleveland Browns at Arizona Cardinals Betting Odds 12/15/2019
The line for this game is sitting at 2.5 points in favor of Cleveland. The Browns are currently being given -140 moneyline odds while the Cardinals are +120. This tilt will probably offer several live betting opportunities. The over/under has been set at 46.5 points.
The game’s total has moved lower after opening at 47. The original line of 2.5 has yet to change.
The Browns are 6-7 straight up (SU) while the Cardinals are 3-9-1 SU. The Browns have lost 1.8 units so far and are 5-7-1 against the spread (ATS). The team has posted an O/U record of 6-7.
The Cardinals are down 5.3 units this season. The team is 7-5-1 ATS and has an O/U record of 7-6.
The Browns just put together a 27-19 win over Cincinnati last week. Baker Mayfield completed only 11 passes on 24 attempts for 192 yards and two interceptions. Nick Chubb (106 yards on 15 rushes) led the ground attack while Jarvis Landry (four receptions, 76 yards) and Odell Beckham Jr. (two catches, 39 yards) handled the receiving duties in the win.
Back in Week 14, Pittsburgh knocked off this Arizona team by a score of 23-17. The Cards defense allowed the Steelers to kill the clock by running for 140 yards on 35 rush attempts. Diontae Johnson had a good outing for Pittsburgh, recording 16 rushing yards on one attempt, along with 60 yards on six catches. For Arizona, Kyler Murray completed 20-of-30 passes for 194 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Kenyan Drake (37 yards on 11 rush attempts) handled the running attack while Christian Kirk (eight receptions, 85 yards) led the pass-catching attack in the loss.
Cleveland has run the ball on 43.2 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Arizona has an overall rush percentage of 39.8 percent. The Browns have run for 124 yards per game and have 14 touchdowns on the ground this year. The Cards are totaling 111 rush yards per contest and have 11 total rushing TDs.
If the results so far this season are any indication, then the Browns ought to own an advantage in the trenches. Their offensive line has given up just 38 sacks while the D-line logged 37 sacks. The Cardinals, on the other hand, have given up 52 sacks and their defense has recorded only 49 sacks.
The Browns have tallied 241 yards/game in the air overall and have 15 passing scores so far. The Cards have produced 237 pass yards per outing and have 16 total pass TDs.
Cleveland appears to hold an edge when it comes to limiting the pass. The team’s allowed opponents to run for an average of 128 yards and throw for 238 yards per game. Arizona has allowed 120.5 yards per game on the ground and 311.5 to opposing teams in the air. The Browns are giving up an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of only 5.77 to opponents, while the Cards have allowed an 8.15 ANY/A.
Murray has produced 2,897 yards, 16 TDs and eight INTs. Murray’s adjusted net yards per pass attempt sits at 5.60 for the season and 1.99 over his past two games. In the other huddle, Mayfield has amassed 2,913 passing yards this year, and has connected on 237-of-399 attempts with 14 passing touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Mayfield’s got a 5.39 ANY/A, including 3.95 over the last two games.
Cleveland Browns vs. Arizona Cardinals Free NFL Tip
SU Winner – Browns, ATS Winner – Cardinals, O/U – Over
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The Cleveland defense has sacked opposing quarterbacks 37 times this year. Arizona has recorded 33 sacks.
The Arizona offense has lost three fumbles in 2019 while Cleveland has lost six.
The Browns offense has recorded seven pass plays of 40 or more yards, while the Cardinals have accounted for nine such plays.
Both teams have allowed seven pass plays of 40 yards or more. The Cleveland defense has given up 13 pass plays of 30+ yards while Arizona has given up 14 such plays.
The Cleveland offense has created eight rushing plays of 20+ yards, while Arizona has created 11 such runs.
Both defenses have allowed seven rushing plays of 20+ yards. The Browns have given up 45 running plays of 10+ yards while the Cardinals have given up 43 such plays.
Cleveland has won five of its last six games SU, with a seven-point defeat to Pittsburgh on December 1st accounting for the only loss over that stretch.
Cleveland has produced 4.8 yards per carry over its last three contests and 4.9 over its last two.
Arizona has averaged 4.1 yards per carry over its last three matchups and 3.4 over its last two.