Week 14 Free Betting Matchup: Carolina Panthers vs. Cleveland Browns


The Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns are ready to go at it on the grass at FirstEnergy Stadium. This early afternoon game is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET and fans can catch it live by tuning in to FOX.

Week 14 Betting Preview: Cleveland Browns vs. Carolina Panthers

In this Sunday game, Cleveland has been projected as the favorite and the team’s currently giving up 1 point. The Panthers are also receiving -115 moneyline odds while the Browns are -105. It appears that there could be some good live betting opportunities during the match, and oddsmakers have set the over/under (O/U) at 47 points.

The game’s total has been driven higher after opening at 46.5. The original spread of 1 has remained consistent.

The Panthers are down 1.1 units so far and 5-7 against the spread (ATS). The team has posted an O/U mark of 7-5.

The Browns have lost 1.9 units this season. The team is 7-5 ATS and has an even O/U record of 6-6.

The Panthers are 6-6 straight up (SU) in 2018 while the Browns are 4-7-1 SU.

The Panthers hope to get back in stride after a 24-17 defeat to Tampa Bay in Week 13. Cam Newton completed 28-of-41 passes for 300 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Christian McCaffrey (106 rushing yards on 10 attempts) led the running attack. McCaffrey (nine receptions, 55 yards, one TD) and Curtis Samuel (six catches, 88 yards) shared the receiving duties in the defeat.

In Week 13, Houston got the victory against this Cleveland team by a score of 29-13. Baker Mayfield completed 29-of-43 passes for 397 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Nick Chubb (31 rushing yards on nine attempts, one TD) spearheaded the running game while Jarvis Landry (six receptions, 103 yards) and Dontrell Hilliard (four catches, 40 yards) led the pass-catching corps in the loss.

Breaking down the offensive play-calling, each team sports a similar run-pass ratio on the season. Carolina’s run the ball on 43.2 percent of its offensive possessions while Cleveland has an overall rush percentage of 42.1. The Panthers have produced 140.8 rush yards/game and have 13 scores on the ground this year. The Browns are totaling 120.6 rush yards per game and have 13 total rushing TDs.

It appears that the Panthers could hold an edge when it comes to effectiveness in the ground game. Their backfield has generated 5.5 yards per carry while the defense is allowing a YPC of 4.1 to opponents. The Browns have ran for 4.5 yards per carry and allowed a YPC of 4.8 to opponents.

The Panthers offense has tallied 251.0 yards/game through the air overall and has 24 passing scores so far. The Browns have produced 259.3 pass yards per contest and have 20 total pass TDs.

On the defensive side of the ball, Carolina appears to have the upper hand in both phases. The team has allowed 96.3 rush yards and 272.0 pass yards per game. The Cleveland defense has allowed 291.9 yards per game to opposing passers and 136.4 yards per game on the ground. The Browns are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of just 5.88 to opposing QBs, while the Panthers have given up a 6.92 ANY/A.

Passing-wise, Newton is up to 2,743 yards this season, and has connected on 253-of-370 attempts with 22 scores through the air and 10 interceptions. He has a 6.48 adjusted net yards per pass attempt, including 5.16 over the last two games.

For the home team, Baker Mayfield has managed to complete 205-of-328 passes for 2,381 yards, 14 TDs and 10 INTs. Mayfield’s ANY/A stands at 5.88 for the season and 8.99 over his past two outings.

Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns Betting Prediction

SU Winner: Panthers, ATS Winner: Panthers, O/U: Under

Team Betting Notes

  • Each team defense has tallied 29 sacks this year.
  • Both offenses have lost four fumbles this year.
  • The Panthers offense has registered two pass plays of 40 yards or more, while the Browns have accounted for three such plays.
  • The Carolina defense has allowed eight pass plays of 40 or more yards, while Cleveland has given up seven such plays.
  • The Carolina offense has created 12 rushing plays of 20+ yards, while Cleveland has created 13 such runs.
  • The Panthers defense has allowed six rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while the Browns have given up 11 such runs.
  • As a team, Carolina has averaged 7.2 yards per rush attempt over its last three contests and 8.4 over its last two.
  • Cleveland has averaged 4.5 yards per carry over its last three matchups and 2.6 over its last two.