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Chargers Aim to Rediscover Offense in Road Date with Winless Browns

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The San Diego Chargers will try to snap out of a point-scoring drought that has contributed to three straight losses when they visit the winless Cleveland Browns on Christmas Eve for an NFL Week 16 matchup. The 0-14 Browns suffered their 17th straight defeat last week, a 33-13 loss to Buffalo as 10.5-point road underdogs.

Shark Bites
  • The Browns are 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four games when hosting a West Coast team.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Chargers' last six games as road favorites.
  • The Chargers are 3-1 ATS in their last four games after consecutive ATS losses.

The 5-9 Chargers have tumbled out of playoff contention with their current three-game straight-up swoon. San Diego's offense has generated just 17.6 points per game in those losses, after averaging over 29 ppg in the previous three, and scoring 31 or more points on five occasions this season.

The Browns have shown no signs of breaking out of their freefall. A feeble Cleveland offense has generated fewer than 11 ppg over the team's past six games. The Browns have also been dismal performers at the sportsbooks, going winless against the spread in eight straight, and 0-6 ATS in their past six as underdogs of six or more points.

The Chargers hold a clear edge in recent matchups with Cleveland, going 5-1 SU in the past six. But the Browns eked out a 7-6 win as 3-point home underdogs in San Diego's last visit four years ago. Cleveland has also covered in four straight meetings with the Chargers, all as betting underdogs.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Cleveland Browns were listed as 6.5-point underdogs at Bovada and other online Sportsbooks, with the total listed at one point at 45.5.

A 29-15 result in favor of the Chargers was the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine earlier this week. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

San Diego Chargers vs Cleveland Browns Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the San Diego Chargers have seen them go 5-9 and 7-7 ATS so far this season, while the Cleveland Browns are at 0-14 and 2-12 ATS. In totals betting, the Browns are 7-7, while the Chargers are 8-5-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs San Diego injuries news.

The Cleveland Browns sit at No. 31 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the San Diego Chargers are at No. 22 on that chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Cleveland Browns No. 31-ranked offense (15.71 PPG) against a San Diego Chargers defense that ranks No. 29 at 26.14 PPG. The Browns passing attack has averaged 209.36 yards per game, less than the Chargers give up through the air (256.93 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the San Diego Chargers own the league's No. 6-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 94.33 yards per game when on the road. Cleveland, on the other hand, rates No. 32 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Philip Rivers threw a pair of TD passes in San Diego's last match, but they were defeated anyway by Carolina 28-16 in Week 14 action on Sunday.

Isaiah Crowell ran through the Cincinnati defense for 113 yards in Cleveland's last game, but the Browns still lost a 23-10 decision at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • San Diego is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • San Diego is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • San Diego is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
  • San Diego is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

San Diego home to Kansas City, Sunday, January 1st
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, Sunday, January 1st