Online sports betting sites could not decide on a favorite in the Week 6 matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers (3-2) and Cleveland Browns (2-2) at Firstenergy Stadium on October 14th (1:00pm EST), as they opened the game as a pick’em.
The Chargers have sported a very balanced attack in 2018. They possess the 13th-ranked passing attack and 12th-ranked rushing attack. The ability to attack in so many ways on offense has led to an impressive 27.4 PPG (eighth).
Philip Rivers has thrown for 13 TDs (fourth-most in the league), while Melvin Gordon III has added three of his own on the ground and another three receiving majors. These two will need to continue finding their way across the goal line in Week 6 to get the W and keep within striking distance in the AFC West.
Los Angeles’s defense is built to stop the run. They only cede 95.6 rushing yards per game (10th), compared to 270.2 through the air (19th). Unfortunately, the Chargers’ stinginess against the run has not been enough to keep teams out of the end zone, as they allow 26 points per game (22nd).
The offense Los Angeles will see in Week 6 isn’t horrible, but they’re also not being described as good. At least not yet, anyways.
The Browns offense has taken some leaps forward since Baker Mayfield took over at QB. They have recorded more than 410 yards of total offense in his two starts, averaging 27 points in those games. In their previous three games, they had not totaled more than 327 yards and maxed out at 21 points.
But even with Mayfield under center, the focal point of the offense has been Carlos Hyde and their second-ranked rushing attack.
The back has totaled 348 yards on the ground (seventh-most in the league) with five rushing TDs. As a team, Cleveland averages an impressive 144.6 rushing yards per game.
But having a pivot on the field who is willing to push the ball down the field and make use of Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway has certainly aided the running game. Cleveland needs Mayfield to take advantage of the opportunities presented this week by the Chargers’ 19th-ranked pass defense, though.
Flipping to the other side of the ball, Cleveland’s defense has been great. They’re permitting just 22.6 points per game, ranking 12th in the league. Turnovers have been their tool for success. The Browns have generated 15 turnovers this season, the most in the league. You can bet the Chargers spent the week preaching ball security coming into this one.
The last time these two teams played was December 3rd, 2017, when Los Angeles overpowered Cleveland 19-10. The Chargers were also 13.5-point favorites in that game.