Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers: 10/10/21 NFL Picks and Prediction

Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers: 10/10/21 NFL Picks and Prediction Photo by Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Chargers (3-1) vs Cleveland Browns (3-1)

Game Info: Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 4:05 pm (SoFi Stadium)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Chargers -2 -- Over/Under: 50.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cleveland Browns will travel to SoFi Stadium to take on the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.

The Cleveland Browns won their 3rd straight game and improved to 3-1 on the season after defeating the Minnesota Vikings, 14-7, this past Sunday. Cleveland was outstanding defensively against the high-powered Minnesota offense and was able was able to hang on to the victory in the 2nd half after going into halftime with a 11-7 lead. Cleveland outgained Minnesota by a 327-255 margin and won the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Browns was RB Nick Chubb who had 100 rushing yards on 21 carries.

On the season, Cleveland is averaging 25.0 ppg on 410.8 total yards per game (233.8 passing yds/g; 177.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Cleveland has been led by the RB duo of Nick Chubb (69 att, 362 yards, 3 TD) & Kareem Hunt (43 att, 234 yards, 3 TD; 12 rec, 121 yards)). QB Baker Mayfield has completed 65.5% of his passes for 935 yards (251.3 passing yds/g), 2 TD, & 2 INT. The top receiving threats for the Browns have been Rashard Higgins (8 rec, 114 yards), David Njoku (7 rec, 111 yards), Odell Beckham Jr. (7 rec, 104 yards), & Austin Hooper (11 rec, 97 yards, TD).

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Defensively, Cleveland is holding their opponents to an average of 16.8 ppg on 275.3 total yards per game (208.8 passing yds/g; 66.5 rushing yds/g).

The Los Angeles Chargers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 3-1 on the season after defeating the Las Vegas Raiders, 28-14, this past Monday night. Los Angeles was outstanding in the 1st half against the Raiders and was able to hang on for the victory after going into halftime with a 21-0 lead. Los Angeles was outgained by Las Vegas by a 380-213 margin and won the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for the Chargers was RB Austin Ekeler who rushed for 117 yards & 1 TD on 15 carries while also hauling in 3 receptions for 28 yards & 1 TD.

On the season, Los Angeles is averaging 23.8 ppg on 402.0 total yards per game (294.5 passing yds/g; 107.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Los Angeles has been led by QB Justin Herbert who has completed 68.9% of his passes for 1178 yards (302.3 passing yds/g), 9 TD, & 3 INT. The top receiving threats for Herbert and the Chargers have been Mike Williams (23 rec, 306 yards, 4 TD), Keenan Allen (28 rec, 294 yards, TD), & Jared Cook (16 rec, 181 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Los Angeles backfield has been Austin Ekeler who has rushed for 283 yards & 2 TD’s on 50 carries while also hauling in 18 receptions for 141 yards & 2 TD’s.

Defensively, Los Angeles is holding their opponents to an average of 18.5 ppg on 346.5 total yards per game (207.0 passing yds/g; 139.5 rushing yds/g).

The Browns are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall, however, are just 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games vs. AFC opponents. The Chargers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 October games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.

This should be an entertaining game as Cleveland and Los Angeles are two of the better teams in the AFC, however, it’s hard not to like Los Angeles in this one. Cleveland’s offense has some question marks after struggling against a less than average defense in the Minnesota Vikings and reports have come out this week that QB Baker Mayfield is playing with a partically torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. Los Angeles has been solid on both ends of the field this season and as I think Justin Herbert and the offense will have success against the Browns at home, I think the play here is to take the Chargers to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Los Angeles Chargers -2

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