Cleveland Browns vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks and the Cleveland Browns both look to even their records as they meet for a week seven game in Cleveland.  The Browns are -3 point favorites over the Seahawks with an over/under point total set at 40.

The Cleveland Browns are a team that is improving but how far along they are remains to be seen as they have lost their last two games. While the scoreboard showed a seven point loss at Oakland and the Browns did recover a late onside kick to have a chance to drive for the tie, the game was never really close on the field as the Raiders dominated. Colt McCoy has a world of potential at QB but his numbers are mediocre as he has completed 55.8 percent of his passes for 1,199 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. The Browns backfield is looking for answers as well as Peyton Hillis has been unable to follow up on his big seas a year ago and Montario Hardesty has had little more success averaging 3.6 yards per carry. The Cleveland receiving group is going through the same struggles as the rest of the offense But Greg Little and Mohamed Massaquoi both have a world of potential. The bottom line here is the Browns’ offense isn’t very good as they rank 27th in average points and 30th in rushing yards. The Browns defense has been stingy and has kept them in games by allowing just 321.6 yards per game, seventh best in the NFL while getting 13 sacks, five fumble recoveries, and three interceptions. D’Qwell Jackson leads Cleveland with 49 tackles followed by T.J. Ward and Scott Fujita with 26 each. It’s clear the Browns are a team with a lot of toughness, it’s just a matter of if they have the talent to match.

The Seattle Seahawks are coming off of a bye week and Pete Carroll’s team entered the week off on a high note as they didn’t just upset the New York Giants, they beat them decisively. While the Seahawks went into the bye week the injuries are mounting and if Seattle is going to make a playoff run they are going to need to overcome them. One of the key injuries is to QB Tavaris Jackson who is questionable this week with a pectoral injury but Charlie Whitehurst is a veteran backup and played well against the Giants. Marshawn Lynch is averaging 4.1 yards per carry and has found the endzone twice as Seattle’s feature back. Doug Baldwin is the Seahawks leading receiver with 20 catches and two touchdowns followed by Ben Obomanu with 17 catches and Sidney Rice with 15. Like the Browns it’s been a struggle on offense for the Seahawks as they are 26th in the NFL in average points scored, 30th in average yards gained, 26th in passing yards, and 29th in rushing. The Seattle defense is allowing 366 yards and over 24 points per game with eight sacks, five fumble recoveries,  and five interceptions. Earl Thomas has 32 tackles, Leroy Hill has 31, and Kam Chancellor has 30 while Chris Clemmons is Seattle’s leading sacker with four.

Cleveland is 1-3-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six games as a favorite, and 0-6-1 against the spread in their last seven home games. Seattle is 5-11 against the spread in their last 16 games following a cover, 6-20 against the spread in their last 26 games as a road underdog, and 6-18 in their last 24 games following a win.

Like most games on the NFL schedule this week, this is simply a lousy game and with the spread at three it seems about right. While Seattle is on the road here, getting points in a game where both teams struggle to score at all is the way to go.

Pick

Seattle Seahawks +3 Cleveland Browns

October 18, 2011 by : Posted in NFL, Sportsbook No Comments

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