The Cleveland Browns (6-8, 4-3 Home) welcome the New Orleans Saints (5-9, 1-5 Away) at FirstEnergy Stadium on Saturday. The Browns are three-point favorites, and the total is 32.5. New Orleans is coming off a close 21-18 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Caesars Superdome on Sunday.
Andy Dalton was 11 of 17 for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Alvin Kamara ran 21 times for 91 yards. Rashid Shaheed caught three passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Cleveland beat the Baltimore Ravens 13-3 at FirstEnergy Stadium last Saturday.
Deshaun Watson threw for 161 yards and a touchdown. Nick Chubb carried 21 times for 99 yards. Amari Cooper caught four receptions for 58 yards.
The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since September 2018, a 21-18 win for the Saints.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Saints are averaging 20.4 points per game for the season, 22nd in the NFL, and they are facing a Browns defense that has surrendered 23.3 PPG (20th). Meanwhile, Cleveland has scored 22.4 points a game this season, 13th in the league, and New Orleans is allowing 22.5 PPG (17th).
The Saints rank 12th in the league in passing yards per game (248.4) and 21st in rushing (111.3), while the Browns are 11th in passing yards allowed per game (222.6) and 24th against the run (133.1).
Cleveland has been one of the league’s top rushing teams, averaging 149.0 yards per game (5th), while ranking 21st in passing yards (226.9). The Saints are allowing 211.5 passing yards (3rd) and 132.6 rushing yards per game (23rd).
Through 11 games, Andy Dalton has thrown for 17 touchdowns (7 INT) and 218.5 yards per game to lead New Orleans in passing. In four away games this season, he has six TDs (5 INT) and an average of 242.0 yards passing. Alvin Kamara leads the team in rushing with an average of 53.4 yards a game over 12 games.
He’s also contributed to the passing game with 37.2 receiving yards a game. He has one touchdown on the ground. Chris Olave is the Saints’ leading receiver with 72.3 yards a game and three TDs. He is averaging 4.8 receptions on 7.8 targets per game.
Jacoby Brissett has 12 passing touchdowns (6 INT) with 217.3 yards per game through 12 games to lead Cleveland. In six home games this season, he has thrown for seven TDs (5 INT) and an average of 238.8 yards.
Nick Chubb has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 89.4 yards a game through 14 games. He has 12 touchdowns. Amari Cooper has been the primary target in the Browns’ passing game.
He has seven touchdowns and a 66.6 yard per game average through 14 appearances. Amari Cooper is averaging 8.2 targets per game (4.8 receptions).
HOME AND AWAY
New Orleans is looking to avoid a sixth straight defeat away from Caesars Superdome this season.
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Cleveland Browns (-175)
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