After rolling over the Baltimore Ravens this past Monday night, the Arizona Cardinals gave themselves a 1.5-game lead in the NFC West. They now look to move to 6-2 this week as they play the Cleveland Browns, who have been struggling to put consistent games together. They took the Denver Broncos to overtime two weeks ago and then looked much less accomplished last week in their loss to St. Louis.
Chris Johnson played a huge role for the Cardinals in their home win, gaining 122 yards on just 18 carries and scoring a huge touchdowns.One of those carried got 62 yards for him, as he rolled over the stomach of a defender and got up to run because he hadn’t touched the ground, and the shocked Ravens barely kept him from scoring that time. That run set up a crucial field goal. Johnson got over 100 yards for the third time this season; the last back to have at least three 100-yard games for the Cards in one season was Edgerrin James, way back in 2007.Todd Gurley, who rolled for 128 yards and the first two touchdowns of his NFL career. The most striking number was the 97 yards that he picked up after contact, which leads the NFL this season. However, this wasn’t that much of a surprise given the fact that, in addition to a poor pass defense, the Browns also don’t play that well against the run, permitting an NFL-worst 151 yards per game. They have already given up eight touchdowns on the ground this season.
Cardinals vs Browns Game Preview and NFL Betting LinesDate/Time: Sunday, November 1st, 1:00 PMLocation: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OhioTV: FOXNFL Betting Lines: Cardinals -5½
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The Browns also looked sloppy on offense against the Rams. They fumbled the ball four times in that game, and the first three led to 17 Ram points. The Cardinals lead the league with 11 interceptions already this season. While Josh McCown has done a decent job protecting the ball in the air, the Browns have already fumbled 13 times in their games this year. However, the fact that McCown hurt his shoulder against the Rams means that Browns coach Mike Pettine has a tough decision this week, whether to start McCown or Johnny Manziel. McCown took four sacks and three other tough hits during the game. N matter which quarterback starts, they will face a daunting Arizona secondary that only permits 224 yards per game. The Browns are 1-2 straight up and 1-1-1 against the spread in home games this year. This week, though, look for the Cards to win and cover.
- Arizona is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games
- Arizona is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Arizona’s last 8 games
- Arizona is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- Cleveland is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland’s last 7 games
- Cleveland is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
- Cleveland is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland’s last 9 games at home