Week 4 Free Preview – Cleveland Browns vs. Oakland Raiders

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The Cleveland Browns (+3) are heading west to take on the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. This late afternoon game is scheduled to get going at 4:05 p.m. ET and FOX will broadcast the action.

Week 4 Betting Preview: Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders

In this Sunday AFC game, Oakland has been tabbed as the favorite and the team’s currently giving up 3 points. The Browns are also receiving +120 moneyline odds while the Raiders are -140. This AFC matchup should provide several decent live betting opportunities, and oddsmakers have determined the over/under (O/U) to be 44.5 points.

The original odds have shifted, as the line opened at -1. The game’s O/U hasn’t moved after being set initially at 44.5.

The Browns are 3-0 against the spread (ATS) and have gained 0.0 units this season. The team’s posted an Over-Under record of 1-2.

The lackluster Raiders have lost 3.0 units in 2018. They’re 1-2 ATS and also have an O/U record of 1-2.

The Browns have gone 1-1-1 straight up (SU) in 2018 while the Raiders are 0-3 SU.

The Browns are coming off a 21-17 win over the Jets last week. The passing attack was on point as the Browns completed 21-of-37 passes for 220 yards. Baker Mayfield went 17-for-23 for 201 yards while Tyrod Taylor completed four-of-14 for 19 yards. Carlos Hyde (98 yards on 23 rushes, two TDs) led the running attack in the win while Jarvis Landry (eight receptions, 103 yards) and Antonio Callaway (four catches, 20 yards) shared the receiving duties.

Back in Week 3, Miami knocked off this Oakland team by a score of 28-20. The Raiders defensive secondary let the Dolphins air it out for 341 yards and four touchdowns. Albert Wilson had a good showing, recording 74 yards on two catches for Miami. For Oakland, Derek Carr completed 27-of-39 passes for 345 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Marshawn Lynch (64 rushing yards on 19 attempts, one TD) handled the ground game in the defeat while Jordy Nelson (six receptions, 173 yards, one TD) and Jalen Richard (six catches, 59 yards) led the pass-catching attack.

Cleveland has run the ball on 47.8 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Oakland has a rush percentage of 42.5 percent. The Browns have produced 134.3 rush yards/game and have five scores via handoffs this year. The Raiders are totaling 98.7 rush yards per game and have three total rushing TDs.

If the results so far this season can translate to this game, then it’s looking like the Browns could have the edge when it comes to effectiveness in the ground game, as their running backs has logged 4.1 yards per carry while their defense is allowing 3.7 yards per rush attempt to opponents. The Raiders have tallied 3.6 yards per carry and given up 5.1 YPC to opponents.

The Browns offense has averaged 221.0 yards through the air overall and has two passing TDs so far. The Raiders have put up 312.0 pass yards per contest and also have two total pass scores.

Defensively, Cleveland has allowed opponents to run for an average of 109.3 yards and throw for 249.0 yards per game. The Oakland defense has given up 265.3 yards per game to opposing passers and 116.3 yards per game on the ground. The Browns are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of just 4.50 to opponents, while the Raiders have given up an ugly 8.94 ANY/A.

Offensively, Taylor is up to 216 passing yards on the year, and has completed 19-of-54 attempts with one scores through the air and one interception. He’s got a 1.91 adjusted net yards per pass attempt overall, although that number is 4.12 over the past two outings.

For the home team, Derek Carr has completed 56-of-79 passes for 648 yards, one TD and five INTs. Carr’s ANY/A sits at 5.06 for the season and 7.41 over his past two games.

Cleveland Browns vs. Oakland Raiders Free Prediction

SU Winner: Browns, ATS Winner: Browns, O/U: Over

Team Betting Trends

  • The Browns offense has registered one pass play of 40+ yards, while the Raiders have put up three such plays.
  • Both defenses have allowed two pass plays of 40 yards or more. The Cleveland defense has given up three pass plays of 30+ yards while Oakland has permitted five such plays.
  • The Cleveland offense has created four rushing plays of 20+ yards, while Oakland has created zero such runs.
  • Both teams have allowed two rushing plays of 20 yards or more. The Browns have given up eight running plays of 10+ yards while the Raiders have given up 10 such plays.
  • The Cleveland defensive unit has three times as many sacks as Oakland this year (nine versus three).
  • Cleveland, as a team, has averaged 3.8 yards per carry over its last two outings.
  • Oakland has averaged 3.4 yards per carry over its last two.