Two teams from two very competitive divisions are facing off this Sunday. The Cleveland Browns are 3-1, but are still tied with the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens atop the AFC North. The team is notably improved on defense, but issues with the passing game might hold them back. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Chargers are coming off a major win against the Las Vegas Raiders to get to 2-2. Still, they’re going to need every win possible to hold off the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos. QB Justin Herbert is looking great coming off his Rookie of the Year season, and he’s going to be a major factor in the Chargers playoff run. Here’s what to expect in terms of player props when the two teams face off.
Cleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Chargers Player Prop Search Tool
Baker Mayfield Under 223.5 Passing Yards
It’s tough to say this as someone that follows the Cleveland Browns. But I have to wonder if Baker Mayfield is holding this team back. He nearly lost the game for the Browns against the Vikings, and has only thrown two touchdowns on the year. Additionally, Mayfield is dealing with a shoulder injury that should limit his passing abilities. The Browns play best when they rely on the run, and I expect them to keep that strategy against the Chargers.
Austin Ekeler Over 98.5 Rushing and Receiving Yards
Austin Ekeler is fun to watch. He’s a threat on multiple levels, and is a key piece of this strong Los Angeles Chargers offense. The running back had a major performance against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night, with 117 yards on the ground and 28 yards receiving. While I doubt he’ll hit those numbers against a talented Cleveland Browns defense, he should have a productive day once the Chargers offense revs up.
Chargers Defense To Score the First TD
This is more of a fun prop to keep an eye on. The Chargers have four interceptions, including a pick six, on the season. They’re facing a struggling QB in Baker Mayfield, and I could see them pressuring him to turn the ball over. New head coach Brandon Staley has made the Chargers defense notably stronger, and I think we’re going to see some turnovers this Sunday. This prop is currently +500 on DraftKings, but I also see some value in the Chargers defense to score the first home run at +3500.
Justin Herbert Under 288.5 Passing Yards
I’m big on Justin Herbert this season. I grabbed a ticket on him to win the MVP this year, and I’m not going to be too nervous about it if he keeps up his strong play. He’s coming off a great primetime game against the Raiders in which he tossed three TDs without a pick. However, the Browns defense is much more of a challenge. The team is currently dominant against the passing game, allowing only 183.8 yards per week. Herbert is more talented than many of the QBs Cleveland has faced so far, but I believe in the Browns defense to hold him just below his passing yardage total.