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On Sunday, each team got their first victory in very different ways. The Browns only gained 274 yards of total offense, but the defense (seven sacks, three takeaways) and special teams (78-yard punt return TD by Travis Benjamin) came up huge in the 28-14 win over the Tennessee Titans. The Raiders, on the other hand, piled up 448 yards of total offense to beat the Baltimore Ravens, 37-33. Oakland gave a glimpse of its bright future, getting a bunch of that production from burgeoning young stars Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Latavius Murray.
Oddsmakers open this matchup favoring Cleveland by 4.5 points, which likely has a lot to do with the Browns being at home, where they went 4-4 last season with two of those defeats coming by a combined three points. It will be interesting to see how that line is affected once a starting quarterback is named. Johnny Manziel has more big-play potential than Josh McCown, but the second-year QB is also a lot more volatile and mistake prone.
This will be one of the more interesting matchups to watch as the week progresses. Here’s a look at all the betting info as it stands now, per OddsShark.com:
Line: Cleveland (-4.5)
Moneyline: Oakland (+173), Cleveland (-205)
Trend to Know: Cleveland is 4-2 against the spread in its last six games