Chargers vs. Browns: Betting odds, lines, picks against spread

The Chargers (2-2) could well be up against a 4-0 Browns team this week, but Cleveland is a city that knows losing. The Browns found ways to lose winnable games to the Jets and Falcons and hit the meat of their schedule by wishing they had more margin for error. Last season, the Chargers missed a playoff spot by just seconds.

As such, there will be an increased sense of urgency and a little more passion emanating from the Dawg Pound. It would certainly help if Keenan Allen could return to the field but the hamstring injury is lingering and Justin Herbert’s number one goal remains day-to-day.

Los Angeles Chargers (-2½, 47½) at the Cleveland Browns

Last week’s game against the Texans was a big game for Herbert and the offense. After being choked on the field by the Jaguars with an injured Herbert, the Chargers matched their scoring from the previous two games, combined with 34 points, 27 of them in the first half. Los Angeles slacked off in the second half but still managed 419 yards of offense, including 338 through the air. Herbert was only sacked once, and Austin Ekeler had two quick touchdowns.

It should be another good week for the offensive here. The Browns defense was torn apart by the Falcons’ fast attack, and we’ve seen Cleveland have had several failed coverage assignments that led to big games this season. However, the Chargers defense remains under scrutiny. The Texans averaged 6.5 yards per game last week and rushed for 9.4 yards per carry. Now the Chargers are taking on what is arguably the best ground fight in the industry.

It’s a strong statement from odds makers and bettors to have the Chargers as street favorites here, but I think the over is the way to go. Cleveland had over 400 offensive yards last week, but turnovers and red-zone errors prevented points. The Browns have been consistently moving the ball this season and should be doing the same against the Chargers. However, the Chargers should also find success with Cleveland’s communication problems on the secondary and battered defensive ends. Mother Nature seems to be cooperating on the shores of Lake Erie, and that should result in a game that’s thrown into the 50’s.

Tip: Over 47½

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