It’s wasn’t the prettiest of victories, but it was a victory, nonetheless. A victory the Browns absolutely had to have and one that they can hopefully learn from and build on. The Browns were 3-point favorites against the Bills on Sunday in Cleveland and that is exactly where the number fell after a thrilling 19-16 Browns win. If you were lucky enough to grab the 2.5 early in the week than good for you, but if you were like most and had the -3 then just be happy to get out with the push because it could have easily gone the other way.
We saw the debut of Kareem Hunt for Cleveland, who was used extensively in the pass game with nine targets and looked to be huge asset moving forward. We also saw an eight-play goal line stand by Buffalo that further solidified the Browns red zone troubles, something that must be figured out soon. The total for the game was set at 42 and the game was never in any real danger of going over the number, something that we expected coming in.
Nick Chubb shined once again on Sunday with 20 carries for 116 yards, although he was unable to punch it in during multiple goal-to-go situations. Despite that, Chubb is emerging as a premier back in the NFL and Las Vegas has noticed, making him the third favorite for the rushing title at (+400) behind only Christian McCaffery (+175 ) and Dalvin Cook (+350). With the debut of Kareem Hunt last week against the Bills there was a question whether Hunt would cut into Chubb’s carries and after one game it seems as though he may, albeit slightly.
It looks as though Hunt can be classified as the pass catching back for the Browns, a role Chubb did quite well in during the first eight games prior to Hunts reinstatement. Through nine games, Chubb finds himself roughly 70 yards behind the league rushing leaders Cook and McCaffery with 919 yards on the season. He is on pace for 1,600 yards this year and there is no reason to think his pace will do anything but increase. Chubb has been dynamic; consistently getting to the second level of the defense and shedding the first tackle. If this offense is ever able to find its stride, things should get even better or Chubb as the season progresses.
The Cleveland Browns Week 11 Odds Preview Against the Steelers on TNF
This week the Browns will host their division rival Pittsburgh Steelers for a Thursday night kickoff at First Energy Stadium. The Browns are once again the favorites in the contest, laying 2.5, with the Over/ Under set currently at 40, down from 40.5 at the open. These Thursday night games tend to be a bit on the sloppy side, which Cleveland is no doubt used to. Things have been cleaned up a bit over the past two games as far as the penalties go but some of the coaching decisions still leave me scratching my head.
I can’t imagine many points being scored in this one as the total indicates. The return of James Conner to the Pittsburgh offense for this game is huge. He is a way underrated back and I expect him to give the Browns fits if they don’t start tackling better. Something I can’t imagine changing at this point in the season. Conner is one of the hardest runners in the game and I expect a lot of yards after contact against this Cleveland team. Pittsburgh is 7 – 0 – 1 against Cleveland in their last eight meetings, so while it is easy to get mesmerized by the talent, it’s hard to trust the Browns in a game like this until you see it on the field.