The Cleveland Browns (2-5) head to Colorado this weekend for an all-AFC clash with the Denver Broncos (2-6). Kickoff is set for 4:25 PM EST on November 3rd at Empower Field at Mile High and the game will be televised on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Broncos listed as 3-point home underdogs. The spread has increased by a full point after early betting, as Denver is currently available at +4. The total for this matchup is 39 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 9 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Broncos vs Browns Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Browns lost their third straight game last weekend, falling 27-13 on the road against New England to drop to 2-5 on the season overall. Cleveland gave up 17 unanswered points in the first quarter and never recovered, losing by double-digits for the second time in their last three outings. QB Baker Mayfield went 20/31 for 194 yards and a touchdown but also threw a costly interception as well. RB Nick Chubb played well, rumbling for 131 yards on a game-high 20 carries on the ground. WR Jarvis Landry led the way for the receiving corps, making five catches for 65 yards. As a whole, the Browns offense generated over 350 total yards of offense against a tough Pats defense.
Cleveland was fairly average defensively against the Patriots, giving up well over 300 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. The Browns really struggled trying to slow down New England WR Julian Edelman, as he hauled in eight catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns.
The Broncos dropped their second consecutive game last weekend, coming up just short against Indianapolis on the road to fall to 2-6 on the season overall. Denver held a 13-12 lead heading into the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold on down the stretch, giving up a last-minute field goal en route to a 15-13 loss. QB Joe Flacco went 20/32 for 174 passing yards while Royce Freeman found the end zone on one of his 12 carries for 40 rushing yards. Courtland Sutton was the only receiver to find any success against a solid Colts secondary, making three catches for 72 yards. Overall, the Broncos offense gained just under 300 total yards and only scored a single touchdown in the defeat.
Denver had a good outing on the other side of the ball in Week 8, holding the Colts to just one touchdown despite giving up more than 300 total yards of offense. The Broncos were especially solid against the pass, as Indianapolis failed to find the end zone through the air all game.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Broncos +4
Despite initially leaning slightly towards Cleveland when they opened at -3, I think that Denver now offers the most value after the spread has increased by a full point. I’m certainly not all that confident in either team here in Week 10, as both have struggled mightily through the first eight weeks of the season. However, I think the public might be overreacting a little bit in this spot due to how poorly Joe Flacco has played at quarterback. Although a compelling case can be made for avoiding this game altogether, the fact that the Broncos are getting four points at home facing a Browns team that is only 2-5 against the spread this year has me at least somewhat interested.
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It is also worth noting that Denver has really owned Cleveland against the spread as of late, covering the number in four out of their last five meetings. The Broncos are also a very impressive 6-1 straight up over their last seven matchups with the Browns at home. On the other side, Cleveland is just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games. They are also a dreadful 1-10 in their last 11 games with Denver overall. I’m going to take a shot with the home underdog and the points here in Week 9 – give me the Broncos in a game that they should stay competitive in throughout and could even win win outright.