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Raiders Take Winning Road Record to Cleveland to Battle Browns

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) hands off to running back Josh Jacobs (28) during an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Kansas City.

The Las Vegas Raiders will try to win away from home for the third time in four attempts on Sunday when they visit the Cleveland Browns as small road underdogs. The Browns are coming off a thrilling but costly 37-34 win over the Cincinnati Bengals last week as 4-point road favorites, losing wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to a torn ACL in his left knee.

Las Vegas Raiders vs Cleveland Browns
  • Date/Time: November 1, 1 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium
  • TV Coverage: Fox
  • Opening Odds: Browns -3 | O/U 55.5 (Line History)
  • Raiders vs Browns Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

Since it was revealed Monday that Beckham suffered a torn ACL, the point spread has dropped a half-point from the opening number to -2.5 in favor of Cleveland. The total has also fallen to 53 points at some sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark from a high of 56, showing just how much the former All-Pro is worth to the betting lines.

Las Vegas News & Notes

Last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was a familiar theme for the Raiders in their third of three losses and second straight at home, playing well in stretches and hanging in there offensively before their defense eventually let them down against a stronger and more talented opponent.

Las Vegas scored the first touchdown of the game vs Tampa Bay and also pulled within 24-20 early in the fourth quarter after trailing 24-10. But then the wheels fell off again, as the Raiders gave up 21 points in the final 7:22 of a 45-20 loss after closing as 4-point home underdogs.

Including this road matchup, Las Vegas will be an underdog in six consecutive games since the season opener, going 2-3 straight up and against the spread after defeating the Carolina Panthers in Week 1.

Cleveland News & Notes

Unlike the Raiders, the Browns have won four of their last five games to put themselves in solid position for a playoff spot in a stacked AFC, something they have not accomplished since 2002.

The AFC North alone has three teams with five wins, including Cleveland, and Cincinnati has proven to be a tough out as well behind rookie quarterback Joe Burrow. The Browns saw that first-hand again last Sunday, failing to cover the spread against the Bengals for the second time in as many meetings this season despite winning.

This time, it was a missed extra point by kicker Cody Parkey that cost Cleveland backers after quarterback Baker Mayfield connected on the game-winning touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, who made an improbable 24-yard catch with 11 seconds remaining to win it. Ironically, Peoples-Jones was filling in for Beckham.

Betting Pick: OVER 53

Neither Cleveland nor Las Vegas has a good defense, and OBJ is simply not worth three points to the total. The betting public is definitely overreacting to his loss, as the Browns rallied multiple times offensively without him on the field last week against the Bengals. Both these teams will be able to score on the other easily much like last week’s Cleveland-Cincinnati game, so bet the OVER with confidence in what will be a high-scoring affair.

Shark Bites
  • The Browns are 7-1 SU in their last 8 home games.
  • The Raiders are 5-17 SU in their last 22 road games.
  • The OVER is 5-1 in Cleveland’s last 6 games.