Rams Only Listed as 2.5-Point Favorites Visiting Browns in Early Week 3 Lines

Jared Goff throwing a pass
Will Jared Goff be able to get the Rams to 3-0 on the road? Photo from @QBProjections (Twitter).
  • Rams are 2-0 after beating Saints 27-9 in Week 2
  • Cleveland has not yet looked as advertised in the offseason
  • What’s the best bet?

The Los Angeles Rams haven’t missed a beat from last season’s Super Bowl run as they’ve begun the 2019 season at 2-0 after beating the Saints (who lost Drew Brees to injury in the 1st quarter) 27-9 in Week 2.

They are set to take on the Cleveland Browns in Week 3, who were embarrassed 43-13 in their home opener against Tennessee and are playing the Jets in New York on Monday Night Football.

Sportsbooks have released the Rams vs. Browns odds, and the Rams were listed as just 2.5-point favorites on Sunday night, although the line may close and increase ahead of Monday night’s game.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Cleveland Browns Spread

Team Spread
Rams -2.5
Browns +2.5

All odds taken 09/16/19.

What’s The Best Bet?

The Cleveland Browns are set to play a short handed Jets team who will be starting Trevor Siemian in place of Sam Darnold who’s out with mononucleosis in a game that’s basically a must win on Monday night.

Meanwhile the Rams have been clicking on all cylinders and shut down the Saints offense in week 2. Jared Goff has looked good, throwing for 469 yards and two touchdowns. Their defense has been stellar as they have five sacks and two interceptions which will be a big factor in this game as the Browns struggled with protecting Baker Mayfield in Week 1.

But, the game is in Cleveland which gives an advantage to the Browns, as the Dawg Pound should be well juiced up for a Sunday night kickoff on NBC. That being said, the Rams seem to have the talent advantage across the board, and at just 2.5 they are a good pick to win and cover the spread.

Pick: Los Angeles Rams (-2.5)

Will The Line Change?

I think the oddsmakers have it right having the Rams as the -2.5 favorite. I suspect Los Angeles will win the game, but it will be a much closer game, and it could come down to a field goal. So, right now, the spread is exactly where it should be.

However, if the Cleveland Browns have yet another bad game against the Jets on Monday Night Football, the spread could balloon up to around seven points for the Rams to win. For right now, I heavily favor the Los Angeles Rams to get it done and possibly win more than a field goal, but I don’t suspect the spread to move that much unless the Browns struggle again in Week 2, which is a possibility.

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