The Browns and Rams collide in week 7 NFL betting, both looking to get back into the win column. Join us as we preview this matchup alongside current NFL odds and serve up our NFL picks.
Cleveland Browns (2-4 SU, 1-2 away)
The Cleveland Browns are coming off a discouraging overtime loss to the undefeated Denver Broncos in week 6. Despite rallying the Browns to level the score and send the game into overtime, Josh McCown and Company couldn’t complete the comeback in added time. As a result, they slipped to 2-4 SU on the season and third place in the AFC North.
With the 6-0 SU Bengals on a bye week and the 4-2 SU Steelers likely to start (not confirmed yet) Landry Jones against the Chiefs on Sunday, the Browns have a shot to close the gap on the aforementioned pair and remain in the chase for a playoff spot. Giving them such optimism are several positives they can take from all their recent loss; mainly, they’ve avoided blowout defeats and showed some grit and fight. Case-and-point, rallying to level the game against the Broncos and losing to the Chargers by a field goal in week 4. They also rallied successfully in week 5 to erase a Ravens lead and win 33-30 in overtime.
On the strength of their last three accounts, the Cleveland Browns strike an attractive pose on the NFL odds board as the 6-to-7-point road underdogs. On the season, they are 4-2 ATS with a 2.8-point losing margin on average. However, where the NFL betting line starts to make some sense is when looking at their away record, which stands at 2-1 ATS with a 7-point losing margin. The losing margin falls smack into the current range trading at sports betting shops.
To be fair, though, that record is skewed largely by their opening loss to the Jets, a 31-10 loss that saw Josh McCown leave the game early with a concussion. Recent form gives us a better sense of how the Browns stack up on the road where they are 2-0 ATS with a 3-point losing margin.
St. Louis Rams (2-3 SU, 1-1 home)
The St. Louis went into a bye week following a 24-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on the road. Although few NFL bettors held much hope for the Rams at Lambeau, it was nonetheless a disappointing performance by Nick Foles and Company. Foles’ four interceptions marked a career worst by the starter, two of which proved costly.
Overall, it’s hard to gauge the Rams. Are they the team that masterminded upsets over the Seahawks and Cardinals? Or are they the team that labored at home to the Steelers and on the road to Green Bay and that lost the plot in Washington the week after opening with a stunner?
What we do know is that they’re coming off a bye, which gives them much needed time to iron out their offensive issues and give Foles more time to work with his targets to sort out his performance which hasn’t lived up to expectations yet. There’s also the emergence of rookie back Todd Gurley to consider and if he continues his rich vein of form the Rams could finally get their offense clicking.
Providing incentive to the Rams is the topsy-turvy state of the NFC West, where the Arizona Cardinals, leading with a 4-2 SU mark are the only side above .500. The Seahawks are 3-4 SU mark and the Niners 2-5 SU following their Thursday Night bout. A win by the Rams would see them improve to 3-3 SU and put them smack on the .500 mark, above the Seahawks at .429.
NFL Betting Verdict
The NFC West is notoriously tough, but this season each team is struggling for some form of consistency. The Cardinals have top spot but their lead is precarious at best with momentum swings threatening from week-to-week. The Rams have a prime opportunity to get into the race with a pivotal win over the Cleveland Browns at home. The Rams are 1-1 ATS at home with 1.5-point losing margin. A Cleveland side that might be feeling hard done by over the last few weeks though with some tough calls and close losses could be there for the taking. Take the Rams to win this game SU at -265 NFL odds at 5Dimes.
The NFL betting spread opened at 4.5-points but, as mentioned above, it’s now trading anywhere from 6-to-7-points. In the two wins the Rams fashioned this season, they won by a handful of points. They are yet to beat any team by a touchdown or more. That said they’ve had a tough schedule with four out of the five teams all playoff contenders last season – Seahawks, Cardinals, Steelers and Packers. That’s a tough line-up of opposition if ever there was one.
The Browns are the first so-called beatable side they’re coming up against at home this season, which is an opportunity to serve up the big win. It’s a lot of points to lay with the Rams, but we’re going to take the chance on them with our NFL picks with the idea the Browns might be due a letdown.
NFL Picks: Rams to win SU at -265 and cover 6.5 (-110) at 5Dimes