Is the Rams vs Browns a potential Super Bowl preview? Well could be as the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams visit the once-hyped Cleveland Browns, who have split their first two games. Cleveland is on a short week and a short home underdog on the NFL odds.
How to Bet Rams vs Browns 2019 NFL Week 3 Betting Lines & Game Info
- When: Sunday, 8:20 PM ET
- Where: FirstEnergy Stadium
- TV: NBC
- Radio: SiriusXM/NFL
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Week 3 Betting Lines: LA Rams -3.5 (Total 47.5)
In 2015, the Rams were in St. Louis still and beat the visiting Browns 24-6. Then-Rams rookie Todd Gurley rushed for 128 yards and his first two NFL touchdowns. The Rams) had four sacks and recovered four fumbles. The Rams scored 10 points off miscues on Cleveland’s first two series. The Browns’ starting QB that day was Josh McCown and it was so long ago that Johnny Manziel got mop-up action.
- Rain: 19°C/67°F
- Humidity: 60%
- Precipitation: 90%
- Cloud Cover: 81%
- Wind: 15 mph SW
- Stadium Type: Open
Why Bet on LA Rams?
The Rams improved to 2-0 with last week’s 27-9 win over New Orleans, knocking out Drew Brees for at least six weeks in the process. Jared Goff completed 19-of-28 passes for 283 yards and one touchdown while also rushing for a score. Goff fared better against the blitz in Week 2 with a passing grade of 82.7 in that category compared to 57.7 in Week 1. He was 6 for 6 and gained 120 of his 283 passing yards when New Orleans blitzed last Sunday. Todd Gurley rushed 16 times for 63 yards and one touchdown.
Called into action after starting right guard Austin Blythe went down with an ankle injury in the Rams’ home-opener against the Saints, Jamil Demby filled in capably. With 6:51 left in the second quarter, QB Jared Goff dropped back to pass on 1st and 20 from the Saints’ 24-yard line and tried to connect with TE Tyler Higbee near the Rams sideline. In the process, Blythe rolled his ankle – a setback which would knock him out of the game. Blythe is expected to miss this game. Higbee, L.A.’s starting tight end, is currently day-to-day with a lung contusion.
The Rams offense still has a few issues to work through — including scoring in the first half. Through two games, the Rams have scored only 19 of their 57 points in the first half. Last season, the Rams ranked second in the NFL with an average of 17.4 points per first half (The Chiefs had 18.6).
Los Angeles has allowed an NFL-low one reception longer than 20 yards, and opponents are managing just 5.52 yards per reception — third fewest in the league. The Rams and Patriots are the only teams that haven’t allowed a touchdown pass. The Rams are seventh in the league in yards passing allowed (201.5) because they have been ahead all the time so teams are throwing a ton.
Team Stats (Last 10 Games)
- Score: 23.40
- Rush Yards: 139.80
- Pass Attempts: 31.40
- Completion Percentage: 66.24
- Passing Yards: 209.40
- Total Yards: 349.2
- Turnovers: 1.00
Why Bet on Cleveland?
The Browns got to 1-1 with Monday’s 23-3 win at the Jets. Baker Mayfield completed 19-of-35 passes for 325 yards, one touchdown and one interception. After a slow start, things quickly turned around for him when he hit Odell Beckham on a simple slant pattern that OBJ took to the house for an 89-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Mayfield’s pick was a forced throw to Beckham in the fourth frame.
Mayfield needs a touchdown pass vs. the rams to reach historic company. He enters the week having thrown for a touchdown in each of his first 15 NFL starts, tied with Brad Johnson for the second-longest streak to begin a career (since at least 1950). Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner authored a longer career-opening streak, throwing for a touchdown in his first 23 NFL starts.
Beckham caught 6-of-10 targets for 161 yards and one touchdown vs. the Jets and Nick Chubb rushed 18 times for 62 yards and one touchdown and caught all four of his targets for 36 yards.
However, the Browns left that game banged up. Top tight end David Njoku suffered a broken wrist. Njoku is looking at missing at least one month, but he’s still seeking opinions on if he needs surgery or not. The Browns have a Week 7 bye, so Njoku might not make a return until Week 8’s matchup in New England. Demetrius Harris is the current backup.
Offensive tackle Chris Hubbard (ankle) is in a walking boot. Cleveland’s pass-pro has been their Achilles’ heel through two weeks as it is. At safety, the Browns are dealing with injuries to starters Morgan Burnett (quadriceps) and Damarious Randall (concussion). Without Randall on Monday, the Browns deployed Eric Murray and Jermaine Whitehead with more regularity. Sounds like both Burnee and Randall will sit again.
The team added cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams to the injury report Thursday. Both are listed as limited with hamstring injuries. Ward was great as a rookie in 2018.
Team Stats (Last 10 Games)
- Score: 13.60
- Rush Yards: 119.20
- Pass Attempts: 31.00
- Completion Percentage: 68.39
- Passing Yards: 210.40
- Total Yards: 329.6
- Turnovers: 2.40
Rams vs Browns 2019 NFL Week 3 Betting Trends
- Browns are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games against an opponent in the NFC West division
- Browns are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games played in September
- The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Cleveland’s last 20 games at home
- Rams are 11-2 SU in their last 13 games on the road
- Rams are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games played in September
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Rams’ last 5 games played in week 3
Expert Final Score Prediction for Browns vs Rams
Cleveland Browns 20 – Los Angeles Rams 27