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The Las Vegas Raiders fell flat on their face against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, but memory of that harsh loss doesn’t seem to have tripped them up today. It’s anybody’s game at halftime, but Las Vegas is ahead of the Cleveland Browns 6-3. The Las Vegas defense has allowed an average of points per game, so they seem to be stepping things up today.
Las Vegas @ Cleveland
Current Records: Las Vegas 3-3; Cleveland 5-2
What to Know
After two games on the road, the Cleveland Browns are heading back home. They will square off against the Las Vegas Raiders at 1 p.m. ET Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. If the game is anything like Las Vegas’ 45-42 win from their previous meeting September of 2018, the scorekeeper will be kept real busy.
It was a close one, but last week the Browns sidestepped the Cincinnati Bengals for a 37-34 victory. Cleveland QB Baker Mayfield was slinging it as he passed for five TDs and 297 yards on 28 attempts. Mayfield had some trouble finding his footing against the Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks ago, so this was a step in the right direction.
There was early excitement for the Raiders after they claimed the game’s first points last week, but it was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who ended up claiming the real prize. Las Vegas found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unpleasant 45-20 punch to the gut against Tampa Bay. Las Vegas’ defeat shouldn’t obscure the performances of WR Nelson Agholor, who caught five passes for one TD and 107 yards, and QB Derek Carr, who passed for two TDs and 284 yards on 36 attempts. That receiving effort made it the first game that Agholor has posted more than 100 yards receiving.
This next matchup is expected to be close, with Cleveland going off at just a 1-point favorite. They have failed bettors playing the spread in their past two games, so buyers beware.
Cleveland’s win lifted them to 5-2 while Las Vegas’ loss dropped them down to 3-3. Allowing an average of 31.57 points per game, the Browns hadn’t exactly asserted themselves on the defensive end. We’ll see if they can patch up the holes in their defense before their upcoming contest.
How To Watch
- When: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
- Where: FirstEnergy Stadium — Cleveland, Ohio
- TV: FOX
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $79.20
The Browns are a slight 1-point favorite against the Raiders, according to the latest NFL odds.
Bettors have moved against the Browns slightly, as the game opened with the Browns as a 3-point favorite.
Las Vegas have won both of the games they’ve played against Cleveland in the last six years.
- Sep 30, 2018 – Las Vegas 45 vs. Cleveland 42
- Sep 27, 2015 – Las Vegas 27 vs. Cleveland 20
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