los angeles chargers vs cleveland browns predictions and preview

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NFL los angeles chargers vs cleveland browns predictions and preview


 

 

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The Cleveland Browns make the cross-country trip to SoFi Stadium in California to kick off against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon. The Browns (3-1) are coming off a 14-7 road victory against the Minnesota Vikings last weekend. The Chargers (3-1) handled business at home defeating the Las Vegas Raiders 28-14 and covering as three-point home favorites. LA opens up this game as two-point home favorites.

Browns D Handles Vikings

After winning the NFL's Coach of the Year award in his first season with Cleveland, Kevin Stefanski now has a victory over his old team in Minnesota to highlight the start of his second year. Myles Garrett and the defense produced another dominant performance, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt kept the ball moving on the ground, and the Browns beat the Vikings 14-7 last Sunday. Chubb had 21 carries for 100 yards and Hunt ran 14 times for 69 yards and a touchdown to help offset a rather rocky game for Baker Mayfield, who was under plenty of pressure himself and went just 15 for 33 for 155 yards.

Reports came out after the game that Mayfield has been struggling with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, which would explain the dip in his accuracy. Either way, he has led the Browns to three straight wins and will apparently continue playing with the injury. Cleveland leads the league in rushing yards (177.0 per game) and faces a defense that is fourth-worst at stopping the run. Nick Chubb is second in rushing with 362 yards. Expect to see a heavy dose.

Chargers Roll Against Raiders

Justin Herbert threw for three touchdowns, Austin Ekeler rushed for a career-high 117 yards and scored twice as the Chargers knocked the Raiders from the unbeaten ranks with a 28-14 victory last Monday night. Los Angeles is 3-1 for the first time since 2014 and part of a three-way tie atop the AFC West with Las Vegas and Denver. Herbert accounted for all of his TDs in the first half as the Chargers built a 21-0 halftime lead that they never relinquished. Las Vegas was held to one first down and 51 net yards in the first half but made adjustments at halftime. Ultimately, the Chargers held on for the two-score win.

Los Angeles running back Austin Ekeler is coming off his second career 100-yard game. Ekeler receives around 18 touches per game in the run and passing game, but he will likely be counted more as a runner this week. Ekeler is averaging 5.66 yards per attempt, fourth among running backs. Herbert and the Chargers’ offensive line will have their hands full with a stout defensive line led by Myles Garrett.






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