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 AliveCleveland 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 StreakArizona 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.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Browns are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
- Cardinals are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in December.