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Chargers Eye Return to Playoff Picture Ahead of Date with Winless Browns


The Los Angeles Chargers try to claw their way back into playoff contention with a third straight win when they take on the winless Cleveland Browns on Sunday at StubHub Center. The 5-6 Chargers moved to one game back of first-place Kansas City with last week’s 28-6 win in Dallas as 1-point favorites, while the Browns dropped to 0-11 with a 30-16 loss in Cincinnati as 7.5-point underdogs.

Shark Bites
  • The Chargers are 4-11 SU in their last 15 games after a win.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 14 of the Browns’ last 20 games in the late afternoon.
  • The Browns are 0-10 SU in their last 10 games against the AFC.

Since losing four straight to start the season, including three defeats by three or fewer points, the Chargers have rebounded with SU wins in five of seven. That run includes a pair of lopsided home victories, capped by a 54-24 demolition of Buffalo as 6.5-point chalk. The Chargers’ stout defense has surrendered just 15.4 points per game while covering six times during a 5-2 SU run, and have seen the UNDER prevail in five of six outings.

The Browns enter December without a SU victory for a second straight year following last week’s loss to the Bengals. Cleveland has surrendered big point totals on the road this season, allowing 31.2 ppg through its first five outings. The Browns have also fallen to defeat by an average margin of 14.25 points over their past four, and have failed to cover in five of six as double-digit road underdogs.

Cleveland has enjoyed success at the sportsbooks in recent dates with the Chargers, covering in five straight meetings, including SU victories in its past two home dates. However, the Browns are winless in four road dates with the Chargers since 1991, including a 30-27 defeat as 5-point underdogs in 2015.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks, including Bovada, had set the Los Angeles Chargers as 13-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was hovering around 42.5 earlier in the week (check for the current OVER/UNDER lines at MyBookie).

OddsShark computer NFL score prediction models picked a possible 37-5 win for the Chargers on Sunday. That score may change during the week, if injury or weather factors alter the numbers, so check the NFL picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Cleveland Browns vs Los Angeles Chargers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cleveland Browns will try to spoil the party on Sunday; they are 2-9 against the spread this season, while the Los Angeles Chargers are 6-4-1 ATS. Cleveland is 5-6 on the OVER/UNDER betting totals; Los Angeles is 4-7. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Cleveland injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 9 (Los Angeles Chargers) and the No. 32 (Cleveland Browns) teams in the league, according to our current NFL Power Rankings at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 22.64 PPG, against a Browns defense that ranks No. 30 this week at 26.27 PPG. The Chargers aerial game is averaging 263.91 yards per game, more than the Browns secondary allows through the air, 220.82 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Browns own the league's No. 23-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 121.4 yards per game when on the road. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 28 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Browns suffered a Week 12 loss against Cincinnati in their last game, falling 30-16 at Paul Brown Stadium.

In their last game, the Chargers got 3 passing scores out of Philip Rivers en route to a 28-6 win over the Cowboys on Thursday at AT&T Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Cleveland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • LA is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • LA is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • LA is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Chargers' last 6 games

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland home to Green Bay, Sunday, December 10
Los Angeles home to Washington, Sunday, December 10