Rams vs. Browns Total Prediction
There is plenty of intrigue surrounding the Sunday Night Football matchup this week, with the Browns hosting the Rams at 8:20 p.m. ET. Will the two teams light up the scoreboard or will it be more of a defensive struggle in Cleveland?
487 Los Angeles Rams (-3) at 488 Cleveland Browns (+3); O/U 47.5
8:20 p.m. ET, Sunday, September 22, 2019
FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
Public Betting Trends
According to our NFL Football Public Betting Chart page, the Rams are receiving 75% of the betting tickets from online sportsbooks.
Los Angeles Rams Fantasy Spin
Jared Goff completed 19-of-28 passes for 283 yards and one touchdown in the Rams' Week 2 win over the Saints. Goff was better than he was in Week 1 -- a goal-line touchdown on a quarterback sneak certainly helps -- but he still wasn't as sharp as he was in 2018. Goff missed some throws and did himself zero favors when pressure was coming, which has been one of Goff's biggest weaknesses in his young career. To make matters worse, the Rams' offensive line could be without RG Austin Blythe, who was carted off with an ankle injury. Goff will be tested against the Browns' pass rush on the road next week where he'll be a QB2.
Cleveland Browns Fantasy Spin
Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said he needs to get the ball out of Baker Mayfield's hands quicker because Mayfield is taking "too many hits." Kitchens is taking the blame here and sounds like he'll change the offensive gameplan to scheme around his below-average offensive line, but Mayfield also needs to work on feeling and avoiding pressure. The change in gameplan is likely opting for more quick-hitting passes, especially when facing defensive lines that can get after the quarterback. Next week, Mayfield will go up against Aaron Donald and the Rams, so now is the time for a change. Mayfield has the fifth-highest sack percentage through two weeks.
NFL Betting Trends
The under is 4-1 in the Rams’ last five road games.
The under is 15-6-1 in the Browns’ last 22 home games.
The Browns scored 23 points on Monday night versus the Jets but they left plenty of scoring opportunities on the table. The offensive line hasn’t played well in front of Mayfield, who has struggled to start the season. Cleveland’s defense, however, had a bounce back performance after struggling Week 1 versus Tennessee. On the other side, Jared Goff has also struggled out of the gates despite getting Cooper Kupp back from injury. The Rams defense, specifically Aaron Donald, looks like it has picked up right where it left off earlier this year. The total has already dropped from 51 down to 47.5, indicating sharp action on the under.
NFL Week 3 Prediction: Rams/Browns UNDER 47.5