Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns Matchup Preview 10/13/19: Analysis, Betting Picks, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The Seattle Seahawks travel to Cleveland, Sunday. The Seahawks are coming off an impressive Thursday night win over the Rams, while the Browns were blown out in San Francisco on Monday. This is a matchup with two teams going in opposite directions. The Cleveland hype train has come to a crashing halt. Baker Mayfield has completed 55.9 percent of his passes with a 1:2 touchdown to interception ratio. On the other side, the Seahawks are coming into their own. They’re 4-1 with their only loss coming in a sort of fluke to the Saints at home. Russell Wilson has been the heart and soul of the Seahawks hot start. For odds line movement and full matchup history, visit the Seattle Seahawks vs Cleveland Browns Matchup Preview.
Date: Sunday, October 13th 2019
Time: 1pm Eastern
Location: First Energy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
Seahawks: Duane Brown (Q), Ethan Pocic (Q)
Browns: Morgan Burnett (Q), Rashard Higgins (Q), Chris Hubbard (Q), Sheldrick Redwine (Q), Denzel Ward (Q), Greedy Williams (Q)
Seattle Seahawks Analysis
The Seahawks are firing on all cylinders to start the season. Russell Wilson is completing 73 percent of his passes and hasn’t thrown an interception this season. Even with inconsistent play out of the Seahawks offensive line, Wilson has done incredible things on offense. They rank first in redzone scoring at 76.5 percent. Despite having a mediocre rushing attack, they have stayed true to the ground game. Seattle runs the ball 30 times a game on average, good for fourth in the league. Tyler Lockett has been a reliable receiver for Wilson. Lockett has 30 receptions for 389 yards, and has caught 83 percent of his targets.
Seattle has played in higher scoring games this season. The over has hit in three of five games and are allowing 23.6 points per game. Part of the issue is the teams sack percentage. The rank 28th in that department, and getting to the quarterback less than five percent of their opponents drop backs. This allows opponents to pick apart a Seahawks secondary that is allowing seven yards per pass. Luckily, for the Seattle secondary, Baker Mayfield has struggled throwing the football, so this could be a game to boost their confidence. Their rush defense has been solid ranking fourth in opponents yards per game. Stopping the Browns rushing attack may be the key to victory.
Seattle Seahawks Depth Chart
Cleveland Browns Analysis
The hype has been deflated in Cleveland. The Browns sit at 2-3 after 31-3 loss to San Francisco on Monday. They rank 25th in points per game averaging 18.4, and they’re converting on third down 28.5 percent of the time. Baker Mayfield has struggled this season. The former number one overall pick is only completing 55 percent of his passes, and the team is averaging two giveaways per game. Nick Chubb has been a bright spot on offense. The second year back is averaging 5.2 yards per carry, good for tenth in the league. Cleveland needs to run their offense through Nick Chubb until Mayfield can get some consistent play. If the Browns want to win the division, they need Chubb for support.
Defensively, the Browns have been shaky on this side of the ball as well. They’re middle of the pack for yard per play allowed at 5.6, but rank 30th in yards per rush. The numbers are a bit skewed after the 49ers rushed for 275 yards, but they have allowed their opponents to rush for 120 yards or more in three of their five games. Clevelands pass defense has been better. They’re holding opposing quarterbacks to 6.6 yards per pass, and sacking the quarterback 9.3 percent of drop backs, good for fourth in the league. This week is a huge test for their pass defense with Russell Wilson coming to town.
Cleveland Browns Depth Chart
Betting Pick: Seahawks/Browns Over 46
Russell Wilson has been phenomenal the first five week. The Seahawks are averaging almost 27 points per game, and there’s no reason for them not to be in the 20’s again this week. NFL fans are also starting to lose faith in the Browns after seeing them get dominated on national TV. Monday night was the third time the Browns were on primetime, and their best performance was against the Jets. Everyone has seen how bad this offense is and it’s the perfect time to buy low. The Seahawks are average in passing defense, and if Cleveland can get Nick Chubb going, then it will open up Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry. This side comes down to how well Mayfield can play. If he takes care of the ball the total for this game can finish in the 50’s.
Daily Fantasy: Russell Wilson
Wilson has already racked up over 120+ fantasy points. He’s completing 73 percent of his pass, has 12 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Opponents have only been able to sack him once this season. This shows how good Wilson is with his feet. He’s able to extend plays and avoid putting the ball in harms way. The Browns do have a strong pass rush, but Wilson’s athleticism should be able to keep him out of trouble and continue his dominant run. The dog pound is a tough place to play, and it doesn’t help the Seahawks are traveling east for a noon game. Wilson has the veteran presence and leadership to weather the storm and get the job done in Cleveland.