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#325 Cleveland Browns -3 vs.
#326 Arizona Cardinals 47
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 4:05pm EST
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
Written by Scott Reichel

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Week 15 of NFL football continues as the Cleveland Browns travel to State Farm Stadium to take on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4:05 P.M. These two teams have not met since 2015 when the Cardinals beat the Browns on the road by the score of 34-20.

Browns Look To Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Cleveland enters this game with a 6-7 record after a very close game last week. Cleveland was able to beat Cincinnati at home last week by the score of 27-19 as the game was pretty close throughout. However, Cleveland made enough plays late to keep itself in the playoff hunt for a Wild Card spot in the AFC. Now, the Browns have to travel on the road to face an inferior team on Sunday. Cleveland has only won two of its first six road games so this will be a great chance for the Browns to exercise some of their demons on the road by getting the victory in a must-win game.

Leading the Browns offensively is quarterback Baker Mayfield who looked underwhelming so far this season. He has thrown for 3,109 passing yards and 15 passing touchdowns. However, he has also thrown 16 interceptions so he has made some really bad decisions all season long. Mayfield also enters this game in terrible form as he threw two interceptions along with zero touchdown passes last week.

It's not like he doesn't have weapons. Nick Chubb is leading the NFL with 1,281 yards with seven TDs (5.1ypc). Kareem Hunt (22 recep. in 5 games) is one of the best receiving backs in the game. Odell Bekcham Jr. (59 catches for 844 yards) and Jarvis Landry (69 catches for 995 yds) are an elite receiving duo.

Defensively, Cleveland has been decent up to this point. The Browns are allowing 22.4 points per game which ranks 15th in the entire league. In addition, the Browns are allowing 346.0 yards per game which ranks 16th in the league. Now, Cleveland will be looking to continue playing good defense after allowing just 19 points last week.

Cardinals Look To Snap Losing Streak

Arizona enters this game with a 3-9-1 record as it has looked like an absolute mess over the past two months. As of right now, the Cardinals are on pace to finish the season with one of the worst records in the league as they have already clinched the last place spot in the NFC West. To make matters worse, Arizona has also lost each of its last six games including a tough six-point loss to Pittsburgh at home last week. Now, the Cardinals will look to snap this current losing streak in front of their home fans on Sunday afternoon. Luckily, this game will be at home so perhaps the Cardinals will be able to use the energy of the home crowd to win this game.

Leading the Cardinals offensively is rookie quarterback Kyler Murray who has been solid this season. He has thrown for 3,060 passing yards along with 16 passing touchdowns. In addition, he has also been very efficient on the ground as he already has a team-high 448 rushing yards along with four rushing touchdowns.

Defensively, Arizona has been practically useless up to this point in the regular season. The Cardinals are allowing 28.8 points per game which ranks 30th in the league. In addition, the Cardinals are allowing 414.7 yards per game which is the most in the league. Now, Arizona will hope that its defense plays better in front of the home crowd on Sunday.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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Even though this spread looks a bit like a trap, Cleveland still has something to play for while Arizona has nothing left to play for so I will take the road team. Cleveland has won four of its last five games and now gets to play against an Arizona team that has lost six straight games so I think that the Browns should be able to grab themselves another victory. This game should be close for a while but I think that Cleveland will make enough plays late to get the job done. Give me the road team.

Prediction: Cleveland Browns -2.5

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Arizona loves to throw the ball on virtually every play while it also possesses one of the worst defenses in the league so I have to take the over. Cleveland should be able to move the ball with ease through the air and on the ground so I expect it to score at least 27 points in this game. At the same time, Arizona has been solid through the air and I expect its offense to play well at home once again on Sunday en route to around 24 points. Give me the over.

Prediction: Over 48

Half-Time Side Pick

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Cleveland is the more desperate team and I expect the Browns to play like it during the first 30 minutes of this game. Arizona has looked lost defensively all season long and I simply think that the Cardinals will be unable to score enough points to keep this game close in the first half. Cleveland should be able to score at least 14 points in the first half so I think that it should have at least a four-point lead entering the break. Give me the road team.

Prediction: Cleveland Browns 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.