Cleveland Browns and Las Vegas Raiders will face each other in the NFL 2021 Week 15 action on Saturday afternoon. Both teams still hope to secure a place in the playoffs and will search for a victory in this encounter.
Cleveland’s form has been pretty inconsistent lately, and the hosts will face severe selection issues. They are just one win away from the division top spot, and they’ll fight for the pole position in the coming weeks. On the other hand, Las Vegas is on a poor streak, and they need to bounce back if they want to enter the post-season. However, they still have a chance to earn the playoffs ticket.
Cleveland Browns – Can they cope with selection issues?
The Browns have been running hot and cold lately, booking five wins and five defeats on the previous ten occasions. They sit in 2nd place in the AFC North with a 7-6 record with just one victory less than Baltimore Ravens. Cleveland was better than their division rivals last weekend, celebrating a 24-22 win on the home ground. Although they gained just 290 yards in the offense, compared to Baltimore’s 389, they fought for an important victory.
Baker Mayfield has thrown for 2,603 yards so far, with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions, while he was sacked 29 times. However, he won’t be able to help his teammates in the upcoming match. Nick Chubb dominates the ground game with 926 yards and six scores, while Kareem Hunt and D’Ernest Johnson have combined for 728 rushing yards and seven TDs. Donovan Peoples-Jones and David Njoku lead the receiving corps with 400+ yards each, while Jarvis Landry is three yards away from a 400 mark. On defense, Anthony Walker has 85 total tackles, while Myles Garrett sacked the opponent QBs 15 times.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Nick Chubb, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones, D’Ernest Johnson, Miller Forristall, Andy Janovich, David Njoku, Blake Hance, Nick Harris, Michael Dunn, James Hudson III
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Myles Garrett, Jordan Elliott, Malik McDowell, Ifeadi Odenigbo, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Malcolm Smith, Sione Takitaki, Denzel Ward, Grant Delpit, John Johnson III, Greedy Williams
Quarter Back: Baker Mayfield
Kicker: Chase McLaughlin
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Las Vegas Raiders – Will they improve their game?
The Raiders’ form severely declined, and they jeopardized their post-season bid. Las Vegas booked only one victory in the previous six rounds and dropped to a 6-7 record. They are currently in the AFC West basement, but the competition in the division is still tight. The Raiders suffered a heavy 48-9 defeat against the Chiefs last weekend, turning the ball over five times in that defeat. Las Vegas lacked the running game, gaining only 44 rushing yards in the game.
Las Vegas’s first-choice quarterback Derek Carr has gone 3,926 yards through the air, with 18TDs and ten picks. Josh Jacobs is the Raiders leading rusher with 496 yards and seven touchdowns, while Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber have combined for 407 rushing yards and three scores. Hunter Renfrow has been the best receiver with 877 yards and five touchdown receptions, while Darren Waller has generated 643 receiving yards and a pair of scores. On the other hand, Denzel Perryman has dominated the defensive corps with 133 total tackles, while Yannick Ngakoue logged nine sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Josh Jacobs, Hunter Renfrow, Bryan Edwards, Zay Jones, Daniel Helm, Sutton Smith, Kolton Miller, John Simpson, Andre James, Alex Leatherwood, Brandon Parker
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Clelin Ferrell, Quinton Jefferson, Johnathan Hankins, Yannick Ngakoue, Cory Littleton, Will Compton, K.J. Wright, Nate Hobbs, Roderic Teamer, Tre’von Moehrig, Casey Hayward Jr.
Quarter Back: Derek Carr
Kicker: Daniel Carlson
Expert Pick #1 – Las Vegas Raiders -1 @-110
The main reason behind this pick is the fact that the Browns will miss many starting players in both offense and defense. It’s a perfect chance for the Raiders to take advantage of that situation and stay in the race for the post-season spot. Therefore, I’m backing them to cover the number here.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 39 @-110
Cleveland’s offense will be severely weakened due to many absences, but this match could go over the margin. Las Vegas has had many defensive issues lately, and seven of their previous nine games went Over. Therefore, I’ll take the Over as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Raiders Over 19.5 @-120
Consequently, the Raiders could be productive in the offense in this clash. I expect them to score 20 points or more, and although the odds are a bit shorter than in the first two picks, I’ll take them as an alternative.