The Cleveland Browns and Washington Commanders are both in last place in their respective divisions going into Week 17. But the Commanders are still holding onto a playoff spot going into the final two weeks of the regular season. Here, they will look for a win at home against a Browns team that has struggled mightily on the offensive side of the ball. In our NFL picks for Sunday, we break down Browns vs Commanders in a huge game in the NFC playoff picture.
Browns vs Commanders Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Commanders -2.5|
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This game will be played at FedEx Field at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 1, 2023.
Why Bet The Commanders:
✅ Washington’s defense is set to be the difference maker in this game. They rank fourth in the NFL in total defense, and they will take advantage of the fact that Deshaun Watson and the Browns have struggled to move the ball since his return.
✅ Watson has thrown for 200 or more yards just once in his four games since coming back from his suspension. He has more interceptions than touchdowns, and the Commanders will shut him down once again this week.
✅ The Browns are an abysmal 2-5 on the road this season, and their struggles on the road will not subside this week.
Washington Football Team
Team Advanced Defense
|Anthony Walker Jr.||LB||Quad||Out||01/01/23|
|Ben Stille||DL||Gameday Inactive||Out||01/01/23|
|Chris Hubbard||OT||Gameday Inactive1||Out||01/01/23|
|Chris Odom||LB||Knee (acl)||Out||01/01/23|
|Demetric Felton Jr.||RB||Illness||Out||01/01/23|
|Isaiah Thomas||DE||Gameday Inactive||Out||01/01/23|
|Jakeem Grant Sr.||WR||Achilles||Out||01/01/23|
|Kellen Mond||QB||Gaemday Inactive||Out||01/01/23|
|Sione Takitaki||LB||Knee (acl)||Out||01/01/23|
|Thomas Graham Jr.||CB||Gameday Inactive||Out||01/01/23|
|Tommy Togiai||DT||Gameday Inactive1||Out||01/01/23|
|Jedrick Wills Jr.||OT||Back||Questionable||12/30/22|
|John Johnson III||S||Thigh||Questionable||12/30/22|
|Chris Paul||G||Gameday Inactive||Out||01/01/23|
|Phidarian Mathis||DT||Torn Meniscus||Out||01/01/23|
|Sam Howell||QB||Gameday Inactive||Out||01/01/23|
|Brian Robinson Jr.||RB||Quad||Probable||12/29/22|
|14.33||Avg Opp Score||25.67|
|22.67||Avg Opp Score||17.67|
|14.8||Avg Opp Score||20|
|26||Avg Opp Score||19|
|21.8||Avg Opp Score||18.5|
|24.3||Avg Opp Score||20.3|
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The Cleveland Browns knocked themselves out of playoff contention by losing at home to the New Orleans Saints last week. Cleveland could not take advantage of the weather or the fact that the conditions suited their running game, losing a defensive struggle in the snow. Now the focus of the Browns will shift from trying to make the playoffs to trying to get Deshaun Watson going before this season ends.
Watson has been a disaster for the Browns since taking over at quarterback after his suspension ended. He has two touchdown passes in four games, throwing three interceptions over that span. If he does not do better over the next couple of weeks, there will be some loud questions about his viability going into next season.
The Washington Commanders lost their second straight game last week, faltering on the road against the San Francisco 49ers. For the second straight week, the Commanders offense was not adequate, which has dropped them to 7-7-1 on the season. Now, the Commanders control their own destiny for a playoff spot, but their grasp on the final Wild Card spot in the NFC is tenuous.
Washington has not won a game in a month going into this Week 17 contest, as they have lost two straight after tying the Giants three games ago. Taylor Heinicke has thrown five touchdowns to just one interception in that span, but the Commanders may need more than that from their quarterback to get an eighth win and give their playoff hopes a huge boost.
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