Los Angeles Chargers and Cleveland Browns will face each other in the NFL 2021 season Week 5 on Sunday afternoon. The hosts go to this match after two straight victories and eyeing the third in a row. The away side is also in excellent form, and they want to pick up where they left off.
Los Angeles are at a 3-1 record, and they were successful in the previous two rounds against very tough opponents. Now they want to continue in the same fashion and keep challenging the top spot in the AFC West. Cleveland is also at a 3-1 record, and they are joint-first in the AFC North along with the Bengals and the Ravens. They are in a three-match winning streak, and the visitors search for another victory in a row.
Los Angeles Chargers – Can they book another important victory?
The Chargers suffered just one defeat so far in the season, and it came in Week 2 against the Cowboys. However, the hosts bounced back after that failure and celebrated a 30-24 win away to Kansas City Chiefs. They managed to build up on that one and beat the Raiders, another challenging opponent, 28-14 at the home field last weekend. Los Angeles had a comfortable 21-0 lead at halftime on Monday evening and didn’t let the rivals get too close.
Justin Herbert threw for 222 yards and three TDs, while Austin Ekeler had 117 rushing yards followed by a score. The Chargers generated a total of 380 offensive yards in that match while holding Las Vegas to only 213 yards in the offense. Herbert passed for a total of 1,178 yards this season with nine TDs and three interceptions. Austin Ekeler leads the Chargers rushing corps with 283 yards and a pair of scores, while Mike Williams is the leading receiver with 306 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception. Defensively, Nasir Adderley logged 27 tackles, while Joey Bosa had 2.5 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Jalen Guyton, Jared Cook, Gabe Nabers, Rashawn Slater, Matt Feiler, Corey Linsley, Oday Aboushi, Storm Norton
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Jerry Tillery, Linval Joseph, Christian Covington, Joey Bosa, Drue Tranquill, Kyzir White, Uchenna Nwosu, Asante Samuel Jr., Alohi Gilman, Nasir Adderley, Michael Davis
Quarter Back: Justin Herbert
Kicker: Tristan Vizcaino
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Cleveland Browns – Will they continue the winning streak?
The Browns opened the campaign with a narrow 33-29 defeat away to the Chiefs. However, Cleveland bounced back with three straight wins, and they were better than the Texans, the Bears, and the Vikings. They have been pretty tight in defense, as the Browns have conceded less than 17 points per game on average. Cleveland was pretty solid defensively against Minnesota, too, as they held them to only 255 total offensive yards.
The Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield passed for 155 yards in that game, while Nick Chubb had 100 rushing yards. Mayfield threw for 935 yards this season, with two scores and a pair of interceptions. Chub is Cleveland’s leading rusher with 362 yards and three TDs, while Kareem Hund leads the receiving corps with 121 yards. Over to the defense, Malcolm Smith logged a team-high 19 tackles, while Myles Garrett sacked the rival’s QBs 6.0 times so far.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr., Donovan Peoples-Jones, Rashard Higgins, Austin Hooper, Andy Janovich, James Hudson III, Joel Bitonio, Wyatt Teller, Blake Hance, Michael Dunn
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Myles Garrett, Malik Jackson, Malik McDowell, Joe Jackson, Mack Wilson, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Sione Takitaki, A.J. Green, Ronnie Harrison Jr., John Johnson III, Greedy Williams
Quarter Back: Baker Mayfield
Kicker: Chase McLaughlin
Expert Pick #1 – Los Angeles Chargers to win ML @-140
It is going to be a close matchup, and both teams have been in good form lately. However, I believe the Chargers had tougher opponents, and they were successful in the last two matches. Therefore, I’ll take the Chargers to win in the moneyline market as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 48.5 @-133
Both teams have been pretty tight in defense this season, and the Under cashed in the last four Chargers matches. Since Cleveland has been allowing less than 17 points to their rivals this season, I think we shouldn’t see too many points in this one. Therefore, my second bet is the Under.
Expert Pick #3 – Los Angeles Chargers -2.5 @-110
If you want to dip into the spreads market, then backing the Chargers at a 2.5 margin might be a good choice. The hosts have been perfect at the home field so far in the season, and they might continue at the same pace. The odds are solid, and I’ll take them to beat the spread as my third pick.