A battle of two teams looking to convince people they are contenders, and not pretenders, is scheduled for Sunday, October 11, 2020, when the Indianapolis Colts (3-1) visit the Cleveland Browns (3-1). Indianapolis is in second place in the AFC South but have played one more game than the coronavirus affected Tennessee Titans. Cleveland is in the toughest division in football and currently sit in third place in the AFC North. This game will air live on CBS at 4:25 p.m. EST.
Through a quarter of the season, the Indianapolis offense is averaging 25.8 points per game and 365.5 yards per game, 250.3 through the air and 115.3 on the ground. Defensively, the Colts are allowing 14.0 points and 252.8 yards, 175.8 passing and 77.0 rushing.
Cleveland has been exciting this season as the offense is averaging 31.0 points per game and 396.0 yards per game, 191.5 through the air and 204.5 on the ground. Defensively, the Browns have been terrible allowing 31.5 points and 423.3 yards, 331.5 passing and 91.8 rushing.
Below is my best bet for Week 5 action between the Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns. All lines are from BetRivers Sportsbook.
Indianapolis Colts (-2) at Cleveland Browns: O/U 47.0 (-110/-110)
Indianapolis took advantage of a bad Chicago Bears offense and came away with a 19-11 road win in week four. The Colts never trailed in this game and led by double digits for most of the game. Colts rookie kicker, Rodrigo Blankenship, nailed four field goals, and Philip Rivers threw an early touchdown pass to Mo Allie-Cox as the Colts cruised. Rivers threw for just 189 yards and that one touchdown pass. The leading rusher for the Colts was Jonathan Taylor, with 68 yards, and the leading receiver was Zach Pascal with 58 yards. Fans will not be telling their grandchildren about this game.
Cleveland went into Dallas and came away with a dominant 49-38 victory over the Cowboys. The scoreboard does not do the game justice as Cleveland destroyed the Cowboys and led 41-14 heading into the fourth quarter. Dallas did make things uncomfortable, for about 15 seconds, when they pulled within three points with 3:42 remaining. The Cowboys attempted an onside kick that they did not recover, and the Browns first play from scrimmage was an amazing Odell Beckham Jr. 50-yard touchdown run to deal the game. Beckham had a vintage Odell game as he hauled in five balls for 81 yards and two touchdowns and had two rushes for 73 yards and that touchdown. The Browns ran for a combined 307 yards and three touchdowns.
Series History: Indianapolis has won eight of the last nine meetings between these two and the series is now tied at 17 wins a piece.
Game Prediction: This is a strange line, but I am going to take the Cleveland Browns +2.
2020-2021 NFL Season Picks Results: 17-6