The Cleveland Browns (6-7) travel to Glendale this weekend for an inter-conference clash with the Arizona Cardinals (3-9-1). Kickoff is set for 4:05 PM EST on December 15th at State Farm Stadium and the game will be televised on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Browns listed as 3-point road favorites. The spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as Cleveland is currently available at -3. The total for this matchup is 49 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 15 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Cardinals vs Browns Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Browns avoided losing their second straight game last weekend after beating AFC North rival Cincinnati 27-19 at home to improve to 6-7 on the season overall. Cleveland only led by a single point at the half but managed to close the Bengals out down the stretch, outscoring them 13-6 over the final two quarters of the game. QB Baker Mayfield certainly wasn’t at his best, throwing two interceptions and going just 11/24 for 192 passing yards through the air. RB Nick Chubb led the way on the ground, rumbling for 106 rushing yards on a team-high 15 carries. Jarvis Landry also chipped in, making four catches for 76 receiving yards. As a whole, the Browns generated almost 350 total yards and found the end zone twice on offense in the win.
Cleveland was somewhat average defensively against the Bengals, surrendering over 450 total yards of offense and a touchdown. The Browns had no answer for Cincinnati RB Joe Mixon on the ground, allowing him to rack up 146 rushing yards and a touchdown on a game-high 23 carries.
The Cardinals lost their sixth consecutive game last weekend after falling 23-17 at home against the Steelers to drop to just 3-9-1 on the season overall. Arizona gave up ten unanswered points in the first quarter and never fully recovered despite outscoring Pittsburgh 17-13 over the final 45 minutes of the game. QB Kyler Murray really struggled with turnovers, getting picked off three times. RB Kenyan Drake couldn’t find much room on the ground, rushing for only 3.4 yards per carry on a team-high 11 totes. WR Christian Kirk led the way for the receiving corps, hauling in eight catches for 85 yards. Overall, the Cardinals gained just over 250 total yards of offense and scored two touchdowns in the defeat.
Arizona had a mediocre outing on the other side of the ball against the Steelers, giving up close to 300 total yards of offense and one touchdown. The Cardinals struggled to contain Pittsburgh WR Diontae Johnson at times, as he burned the secondary for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Browns -3
There really doesn’t appear to be a lot of value with either the spread or the total in this particular spot, as both numbers currently look pretty efficient overall. If forced to take just one play from this game, I’m leaning slightly towards laying the field goal and rolling with the road favorite. Arizona currently has a losing record against the spread when playing at home this year, including going 0-2 ATS at State Farm Stadium since mid-November. While it’s always tough to back a below average Browns squad, the Cleveland offense appears to have a good matchup on paper here in Week 15. Not only are the Cardinals ranked near the bottom of pretty much every major defensive category, they have also given up at least 30 points in three out of their last four games overall.
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It is also important to note that the Browns have certainly held their own on the road in Arizona over the past several meetings between these two teams, covering the number in two straight. On the other side, the Cardinals are just 3-6 against the spread over their last nine battles with teams from the AFC North and just 1-5 ATS in their last six games during the month of December. I’ll lay the field goal and roll the dice with Cleveland on Sunday afternoon – give me the Browns to grind out an ugly cover.