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|1:00pm||CLE +0.5 (-109)|
CAR -0.5 (-112)
|42.0 (-110)||CLE +0.5 (-109)|
Game Analysis & Picks
The Browns moved on from Baker Mayfield after signing Deshaun Watson to a massive 5-year deal, but ironically, Watson is suspended for Week 1 while Mayfield will be running the show from the opposing sideline. Veteran Jacoby Brissett gets the nod for Cleveland, who added Amari Cooper and extended David Njoku this offseason.
Christian McCaffrey has returned to full strength for the Panthers after losing much of the past 2 seasons to injury. Baker Mayfield is working to get up to speed as quickly as possible after landing with the Panthers in early July for minimal draft capital. The revenge factor is undeniably there for Mayfield, but the Browns’ defensive front lead by Myles Garrett, is the scarier element in play here. I expect the Browns to control the clock and grind this one out, seizing a road victory, with a gameflow that favors the Under (42.0).
Christian McCaffrey (CAR) Over 5.5 Receptions (+123) & Over 115.5 Rushing/Receiving Yards (-114) – CMC is finally back in action and few players are as dynamic in open space. I’m looking for him to put up a clinic at home.
David Njoku (CLE) Over 35.5 Receiving Yards (-114) – Njoku should establish himself as a key piece of the Browns offense early on, and it may only take a catch or 2 to hit this yardage over.