Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns Betting – NFL Week 8, 2020
The Las Vegas Raiders made one of the biggest surprises when they upset the reigning champions Kansas City Chiefs on the road, but they returned to the losing ways with a home loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After suffering a third defeat in four games, the Raiders dropped to a 3-3 record, and now they are three wins behind the Chiefs in the AFC West.
The Cleveland Browns, on the other hand, bounced back from a devastating loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and secured a late road victory over the divisional rivals Cincinnati Bengals. This win meant so much to the Browns, who improved to a 5-2 record and are still in contention for the top spot in the AFC North. Check out my Raiders vs. Browns betting preview.
Raiders vs. Browns Odds
Raiders Allowed 45 Points in an Ugly Loss to Bucs
The Las Vegas Raiders displayed the weakest defensive performance of the season and in the last franchise’s recent history in a 45-20 home defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, only a week after a heroic road win over the Chiefs. Tom Brady torched the Raiders’ secondary with four passing touchdowns, while Las Vegas conceded even 21 points in the final 15 minutes and deservedly suffered a heavy loss.
Derek Carr completed 24 of 36 passes for 284 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He connected with Nelson Agholor and Darren Waller for scores. Agholor led the Raiders’ receivers with 107 yards on five receptions, while Waller had 50 yards on five catches. Las Vegas’ running game was pretty non-effective; Jalen Richard added 24 yards on seven carries. Cornerback Trayvon Mullen was sold on defense with nine tackles and two defended passes.
The Raiders are the 10th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 28.5 points per game, 7th in passing yards (277.2), 17th in rushing yards (113.5), while they have the 31st defense that allows 32.8 points per contest.
Browns Win vs. Cincy Thanks to Great Fourth Quarter
The Cleveland Browns were on the brink of suffering a surprising loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but a fourth-quarter comeback and 20 points scored helped them to secure a narrow 37-34 victory. Rookie wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones turned out to be the hero as he scored his first-ever touchdown with only 11 seconds to go. Cleveland did allow 468 yards to the Bengals and surrendered 31 first downs, but they got the victory in the end and it’s all that counts.
Baker Mayfield had one of the best displays of his career as he completed 22 of 28 passes for 297 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception. He threw a couple of TDs to Harrison Bryant, and one apiece to Donovan Peoples-Jones, Kareem Hunt, and David Njoku. Although he didn’t catch a touchdown pass, Rashard Higgins led all the receivers with 110 yards on six receptions. Kareem Hunt was the best running back on the field with 76 yards on 18 carries. On the defensive end, safety Ronnie Harrison Jr. recorded nine tackles (six solos), one sack, and one defended pass.
The Browns are the 11th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 28.3 points per game, 27th in passing yards (207.4), 3rd in rushing yards (157.0), while they have the 29th defense that allows 31.6 points per contest.
Raiders vs. Browns Pick
We’re dealing with two of the worst five defenses in the NFL that cannot defend but have potent offenses on the other end. It would be hard to predict the winner in this one, and even though I am leaning toward the Browns, I am going with Over rather than picking the winning side. The last time these teams faced each other, they combined for 87 points, and even though I don’t think we will have more of the same here, I still expect to see a high scoring affair.