Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns Preview (11/01/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
The Las Vegas Raiders are coming off of a tough matchup against the Tom Brady-led Buccaneers. However, they will be looking to bounce back and get back on track for a playoff push with a win. Meanwhile, the Browns are coming off of a miraculous win against the Bengals that saw a last-second TD pass from Mayfield to Peoples-Jones win them the game. This is going to be a high-flying offensive matchup in Ohio.
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Date: Sunday, November 1st, 2020
Time: 1:05 PM ET
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium- Cleveland, Ohio
TV Coverage: FOX
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Las Vegas Raiders Analysis
Jon Gruden, man, did he have his hands full on Sunday against Tom Brady. While the Raiders’ offense could have performed better, there was not stopping Brady with the way that he was passing the ball. In this game, the Raiders will have an easier time both on offense and defense. Derek Carr has been superb, and he is taking on a secondary that was just shredded by Joe Burrow. I am extremely curious as to what Gruden schemes up in this game.
Nelson Aghlor has been the surprise of the season, acting as one of the top deep threats for this Raiders’ offense. With injuries to rookie WRs Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards, Aghlor has stepped up big time. Of course, Darren Waller remains Carr’s go-to receiving option. It seemingly does not matter who is guarding him or if the defense knows what is coming. Waller gets fed and makes catches. It is so hard to stop the Raiders when they can rely on Waller to sustain so many drives with his receiving ability.
One person who needs to take the next step is Josh Jacobs. He is a great RB, and this Browns’ defense can be beaten on the ground. They rank 25th against the RB position, and Jacobs should shine. However, Jacobs has been a little inconsistent throughout his career. Getting Jacobs the ball out in space as well as between the tackles will be crucial for the Raiders’ offense in this game.
Defensively, the Raiders need to get a lot more pressure than they did against the Bucs. Mayfield does not do well when he has to rush decisions and passes. However, the Raiders have not been great at causing pressure in the past couple of matchups. Paul Guenther either needs to manufacture pressure with blitzes or figure out how to get this defensive line off the ball and in Mayfield’s face. If the Raiders can get a few sacks in this game and consistently harass Mayfield, then I like them to win the ball game.
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Cleveland Browns Analysis
The Browns should be riding high after an incredible win against the Bengals. This was a matchup where their #1 WR went down early in the game. With no OBJ, Baker Mayfield was able to put on his big boy pants and go win this game. He will once again be relied upon to create offense as this Raiders team has put up points in just about every matchup they have been a part of.
One person who can help out Mayfield is Kareem Hunt. While not directly running routes for Mayfield on every passing play, Hunt can help Mayfield out by sucking in the defense on play-action. The Raiders have struggled to stop the opposing team’s running backs, and Hunt is up there with the best of them. Stefanski will run early in this game to set up the pass later. Hunt is primed for a massive game this week, and that will help out Mayfield.
Mayfield’s weapons got a huge downgrade with Odell Beckham Jr. being put on IR. However, he still has Jarvis Landry, and we saw an emergence from Peoples-Jones and Higgins in their game against the Bengals. This Raiders’ secondary is nothing to be afraid of, and all three of them should find space. It will once again come down to Mayfield hitting open WRs on whether we see this passing offense have success.
Myles Garrett, Sheldon Richardson, Larry Ogunjobi, and Olivier Vernon are the keys to the game for me. Can they cause enough pressure on Carr to force him to make mistakes? Right now, the Browns’ secondary is weak, and while Denzel Ward is an awesome CB, the safeties are atrocious and the other CBs have been woeful. This front four group needs to get pressure on Carr.
The front seven as a whole also needs to do a much better job of stopping the run and running back from getting colossal chunk plays. Josh Jacobs is a beast of an RB, and the entire squad will need to flow to the ball if they have any chance at slowing him down in this game. Stopping Jacobs and forcing passing downs is a great way to manufacture pressure, as well.
Cleveland Browns Depth Chart
Betting Corner Browns -2.5
Spread: CLE -2.5
Moneyline: LV +128 | CLE -148
I have been a Gruden fanboy since he joined the Raiders, and that will not stop this week. I believe that this offense is much too potent for the Browns to keep up with, especially without their superstar WR. Josh Jacobs and Derek Carr should both have massive days at the office. I do believe that Kareem Hunt will play well, but in the end, Mayfield will need to perform, and the Raiders will stop him.
35-17 Raiders take this one in a blowout.
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Daily Fantasy Picks
Kareem Hunt, at $6,900, is one of my top RBs on the week. I love his price point for the chance at the #1 overall RB play for the entire week. Hunt will be involved on the ground and through the air as the Browns try and keep up with this explosive Raiders’ offense. He is the one Brown I see having success all day long, and he is an excellent cash/GPP play.
Josh Jacobs, at $6,200, is another fantastic RB choice. With the lousy week against Tampa Bay, Jacobs’ price point has fallen to dirt cheap for such a favorable matchup. Jacobs is still the bell cow back and will get plenty of work in a positive game script. I think that we finally see the Josh Jacobs from Week 1 in this game, and you should have yourself a top-tier RB play.
Jarvis Landry should be peppered with targets in this one with OBJ out. At $5,600, you are getting the #1 WR for a team that I peg to be trailing and playing catchup most of the game. People forget that Jarvis is a legitimate #1 WR. His routes and hands are some of the best in all of the NFL. This is a sneaky play this week, as he will be overlooked by many. Do not let yourself be one of those people.