Green Bay Packers will host Cleveland Browns in the NFL 2021 Week 16 on Saturday afternoon. The hosts have been among the most dominant teams in the NFL, and they want to continue in the same fashion. The away side fights for the post-season spot, and they search for a surprise.
Green Bay entered another winning streak, which they want to continue as long as possible. The home side will enter the playoffs from the pole position, and they look forward to keeping their confidence at a high level. On the other hand, Cleveland has slipped from the top place in their division, and they search for the way back.
Green Bay Packers – Can they keep running hot?
The Packers have been one of the most consistent teams in the NFL this season, and if they continue in this fashion, they might be among the hottest Stanley Cup contenders. They top the NFC North with an 11-3 record, being four wins ahead of the Vikings. Green Bay booked three straight victories, and the latest one came against the Ravens on the road in a very dramatic game, and it almost slipped away from their hand at the very finish of the encounter.
Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 3,487 yards so far, with 30 touchdowns and four picks. On the other hand, the opponent’s defenders sacked him 27 times. Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon are the leading players in Green Bay’s rushing department with 600+ yards each, combining for seven TDs. Davante Adams dominates the receiving corps with 1,248 yards and eight touchdown receptions, while Marquez Valdes-Scantling has generated 427 receiving yards and three scores. Defensively, De’Vondre Campbell has a team-high 125 total tackles, while Preston Smith logged seven sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Aaron Jones, Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Josiah Deguara, Yosh Nijman, Jon Runyan, Lucas Patrick, Royce Newman, Dennis Kelly
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Dean Lowry, T.J. Slaton, Kingsley Keke, Preston Smith, De’Vondre Campbell, Krys Barnes, Rashan Gary, Eric Stokes, Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage, Kevin King
Quarter Back: Aaron Rodgers
Kicker: Mason Crosby
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Cleveland Browns – Will they return to the division top spot?
The Browns slipped to the bottom of the AFC North after the latest defeat against the Raiders at home. Their form has been pretty inconsistent lately since they booked four wins and six losses in the last ten games. Nevertheless, Cleveland is just one win behind the top-placed Bengals and Ravens, and we’ll see an exciting battle for the pole position. The Browns were not successful in their latest match, losing to Las Vegas 16-14 at home. Despite producing only 236 yards in the offense, the Browns had a victory in their pocket before the last-second field goal that cost them a defeat.
Baker Mayfield has passed for 2,603 yards this season, with 13 scores and seven interceptions, while he has been sacked 29 times. However, he’ll be out for this match and won’t be able to help his teammates. Nick Chubb has been the best rusher with 1,017 yards and seven TDs, while Kareem Hunt and D’Ernest Johnson have contributed with 300+ rushing yards each. Donovan Peoples-Jones and David Njoku passed the 400-yard mark in the receiving department while combining for six touchdown receptions. Anthony Walker dominates Cleveland’s defense with 88 total tackles, while Myles Garrett has 15 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Nick Chubb, Anthony Schwartz, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Rashard Higgins, David Njoku, Andy Janovich, Joel Bitonio, Michael Dunn, JC Tretter, Wyatt Teller, Blake Hance
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Malik Jackson, Jordan Elliott, Tommy Togiai, Porter Gustin, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Anthony Walker, Sione Takitaki, Denzel Ward, Tedric Thompson, M.J. Stewart Jr., Greedy Williams
Quarter Back: Nick Mullens
Kicker: Chase McLaughlin
Expert Pick #1 – Green Bay Packers -7 @-110
The home side is a firm favorite in this match since Cleveland has many absences to deal with. Green Bay is full of confidence, and they want to continue the winning streak ahead of the playoffs. I expect the Packers to cover the number here, and I’ll back them as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 44.5 @-110
Both teams have been involved in many high-scoring matches this season, especially in the past few weeks. Each of the previous four Green Bay’s matched went Over, while the Over cashed in seven of the last ten Browns’ games as underdogs. Therefore, I’ll take the Over as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Packers Over 26 @-130
I expect the Packers to dominate the game, as their job should be much easier due to Cleveland’s selection troubles. Aaron Rodgers and the lads have been pretty productive lately, scoring at least 30 points in the last four rounds. Despite a bit lower odds, I’m backing them to score at least 26 points as my third pick.