One team is bound to get their first win of the season as the Cleveland Browns face the Indianapolis Colts this weekend. Kickoff is set for 1:00 EST on Sunday, September 24 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The game is available in local markets on CBS.
This game opened as a PK. However, betting in Cleveland’s favor has made the Browns 1-point favorites. The over/under for the matchup is set at 40.5 points. Click here for a full list of the Week 3 betting odds and links to more game previews.
Browns vs Colts Game Preview & Betting Odds
No one is surprised that the Browns are 0-2 to start the season. However, under rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, the Browns showed signs of life in Week 1 against the Steelers. Of course, Cleveland took a step backward last week against the Ravens. A sluggish running game and the loss of wide receiver Corey Coleman to injury won’t make things any easier for Cleveland. Nevertheless, Kizer remains an intriguing X-factor for the Browns moving forward.
The Colts 0-2 start to the season hasn’t been a surprise either, considering Andrew Luck has been missing in action due to offseason shoulder surgery. After Scott Tolzien struggled in week 1, the Colts are hopeful that Jacoby Brissett can at least give them a fighting chance in games until Luck is able to return.
Brissett actually had the Colts in position to win last week. But the Indianapolis defense couldn’t hold a 10-point 4th quarter lead against the Cardinals, ultimately losing in overtime. Nevertheless, it was a step in the right direction after the Colts were humiliated 46-9 against the Rams in Week 1.
Free Pro Football Pick Against the Spread: Browns -1
Obviously, this is a tough call, as both teams have appeared to be rather futile early in the season. But I like Cleveland’s upside, so I’ll lean toward the Browns to win on the road in what is essentially a PK game.
Kizer’s three interceptions last week are definitely a concern. But they did come against a Baltimore defense that already has 10 takeaways on the season. That makes me feel a little better about Kizer being able to bounce back against a defense that is nowhere near as good.
Cleveland running back Isaiah Crowell also made it a point this week to speak with head coach Hue Jackson about his role. After telling the coach that he should get more carries, I believe Crowell will back up his words with his play on the field and jumpstart Cleveland’s rushing game, giving Kizer some support and bringing balance to the Browns on offense.
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As for the Colts, Brissett didn’t quite give them the lift they were hoping for last week. He was only 20 for 37 throwing the ball against an Arizona defense that looked quite porous in Week 1. The Colts also haven’t generated much of a running game early in the season, as their offensive line is still below average. The Indianapolis defense was the primary reason the Colts had a chance to win last week. But the Colts can’t rely on defense alone if they’re going to beat the Browns this week.
There’s something about Cleveland’s Week 1 performance against the Steelers that makes me think the Browns are better than people think. In a matchup of teams that appear to be going nowhere this season, I’ll take my chances on the Browns earning their first win of the season in a game that’s essentially a tossup.