The Washington Football Team (1-1) will square off against the Cleveland Browns (1-1) in an inter-conference showdown on Sunday. At the end of last season, the Browns were third in the AFC North with a 6-10 record. They currently sit in that same position in the 2020 season. Washington finished last in the NFC East and had a 3-13 record, though so far in 2020 they’re tied for the top team in their division. The last time these teams faced off in a regular-season match was in 2016. In that game, Washington came away with a 31-20 victory.
The line has shifted a bit toward the Browns' favor this week. After opening as a -5.5 point favorite, Cleveland now stands as a seven to 7.5-point favorite depending on the book. 55 percent of the bets ATS are backing the Browns in this contest.
The over/under for this game has slipped down slightly as the week has gone on. After opening at 45.5 points, the total is now down to 45 points. 61 percent of the bets on the total are leaning toward the over in this contest.
Game-time Weather: Temperature at kickoff is expected to mid in the high-70s and could hit 80 during the contest. Sunny skies are in the forecast with no rain in the area. Winds for the contest are expected from the south-southwest at 10 to 15 miles an hour with gusts approaching 20 miles per hour.
Late Offense Not Enough For WashingtonWashington had a strong opener to their season. Eight sacks and a ten-point victory over the Eagles had them starting out 2020 a lot better than they ended 2019. By the end of the 2019 season, the team was on a four-game losing streak, which was just the end of a very rough road for them. However, from where they temporarily looked up, they showed that they still have some kinks to work out under their new coordinators and coach. In their first road game of the season, Washington failed to get a single point on the board until the third quarter, and wouldn’t score a touchdown until 12:20 in the fourth quarter. By then, it was entirely too late for them to dig out of the hole they were in.
“We started to run the ball better. We just have to find a way of getting to that mentality earlier."https://t.co/jZIeHOjdnt— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) September 21, 2020
They faced the Arizona Cardinals in their second matchup of the season, and the final score was 30-15 in Arizona’s favor. Washington would have 316 total yards in the game, with their 199 passing yards totaling more than their 117 rushing yards. They would only score three times during the game. The first came from Dustin Hopkins as he kicked in a 24-yard field goal. At that point, the team was down 20 points. They would go down a further 7 points before Terry McLaurin got Washington’s first touchdown of the game to start closing the gap. A second touchdown was scored a little over six minutes later when Antonio Gibson ran the ball in. It wasn’t enough, however, and Washington dropped their first game of the season.
OUT: DT Caleb Brantley, T Saahdiq Charles, LB Reuben Foster, WR Emanuel Hall, WR Kelvin Harmon, LB Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB Cole Holcomb, G Michael Liedtke, TE Thaddeus Moss, G Brandon Scherff, WR Jordan Veasy
Questionable: T Morgan Moses, QB Alex Smith
Browns Rally After Disappointing Season OpenerThe Cleveland Browns had an extremely weak showing in their first game of the season. Only scoring 6 points, while their opponent ran all over them with 38 total points. It was looking like a rough start to what has become a long-running series of rough seasons. Cleveland hasn’t finished above third in the division since 2007, and it was only last season that they were finally able to pull themselves up out of finishing in last as they had been doing since 2010. However, in their home opener, they were able to keep themselves from falling too far behind, while also sending a division rival down in the standings.
The Browns faced off against the Bengals in their second contest of the season. It was a hard-fought matchup that saw the Bengals fighting to win until the very last second of the 35-30 Cleveland victory. The Browns had 434 total yards, well over a hundred more than they did in their opener. There was a fairly even split between their 219 passing yards and their 215 rushing yards. Nick Chubb would get his team on the board with a touchdown in the first quarter, and after gaining that lead the Browns wouldn’t give it up. Chubb scored again in the third quarter. Kareem Hunt would also run in a pair of touchdowns in the game, with one in the second quarter and the second being what gave his team the push they needed to stay ahead in the fourth quarter.
OUT: DT Andrew Billings, S Grant Delpit, T Drake Dorbeck, G Drew Forbes, G Colby Gossett, TE David Njoku, DE George Obinna, LB Jacob Phillips, G Malcolm Pridgeon, DE Olivier Vernon, DE Curtis Weaver, CB Greedy Williams, DE Trevon Young
Questionable: DE Adrian Clayborn, C JC Tretter, CB Denzel Ward, LB Mack Wilson
- Cleveland is 12-25-1 ATS last 38 home games.
- Cleveland is 2-5 ATS last 7 in September.
- Cleveland is 1-4 ATS last 5 as a favorite.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Washington and Cleveland have a few things in common as they begin their trek deeper into the 2020 season. Namely, both are operating under new management. Washington and Cleveland both have a new head coach, Ron Rivera, and Kevin Stefanski respectively. And both are dealing with the growing pains of having a new coach. However, in terms of remodeling, which both these teams desperately needed, Washington has a leg up. With some big off-season gets on both their offensive and defensive lines, as well as a new coordinator for both, there’s a new life to this Washington team. A new life that Cleveland just can’t quite compete with. This is a battle between two teams at a critical point in a restructuring, and Washington just barely has the upper hand.
Prediction: Washington Football Team
Full-Game Total Pick
Washington currently sits ninth in the NFL in terms of points per game, scoring 27.0. Cleveland is behind them, only scoring 20.5 in their two games played. That puts them at rank 20 across the NFL. Neither team is doing horrible in terms of their scoring, but they’re not outstanding either. They’ve also both shown that while they can swing to a low extreme, we’ve yet to see them do the same with a high scoring game. When put up against each other, it’s unlikely that we’re going to see many sparks, and the scoreboard is going to stay mostly quiet by the end of the night.