Arizona managed to hold on for a tough win over Baltimore, and they get another AFC North team on a short week. This time, the 5-2 Cardinals are on the road in Cleveland.
Opening Odds & Line Movement
Open: -5 -105 at Pinnacle
The Cardinals opened up this NFL odds as 5-point favorites on the road, then the line dipped to -4.5, then back up to -5 and is now at -4.5 again. The linesmakers might be waiting to hear about McCown's status before making any more moves, but it's a little surprising that the line isn't higher. Even though the Cardinals didn't play their best, they were never in doubt of losing to the Ravens. Maybe the odds are giving the Browns a little credit at home.
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Arizona will be without CB Jerraud Powers, who is out with a bad hamstring. WR John Brown was a game-time decision against the Ravens because of his hamstring, but he played and caught a touchdown pass from Carson Palmer, so he should be in the lineup again this week.
The Browns' major concern is McCown, who left the St. Louis game with an injured shoulder, but even if he doesn't practice, there is a chance he could play. Between Manziel's play on the field and his off-field issues, the Browns don't seem to want him starting, so they'll give McCown every chance to be ready for Sunday. WR Andrew Hawkins is still trying to pass concussion tests, but the Browns could be getting help in teh secondary. CB Joe Haden has missed the last two games, but he has passed his concussion tests. FS Tashaun Gibson is practicing again after spraining his ankle.
The Cardinals have covered in four of their seven games this season, and they're 4-2 ATS in their last six on the road. The Browns are 2-4-1 ATS in their last seven at home, and they're 3-3-1 ATS so far this season.
This will be the first meeting between the Browns and Cardinals since 2011, and just the second ever in Cleveland. The Cardinals are 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS in four games, but the Browns spanked them 44-6 in Cleveland in 2003.
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