NFL Week 7 – Cleveland Browns at St. Louis Rams Free Betting Pick

This month I take a gander at the week 7 match-up between the Cleveland Browns and the St. Louis Rams.

Cleveland Browns (2-4) @ St. Louis Rams (2-3)

Overview – The Cleveland Browns come in to their week 7 game losers of 3 of their last 4 games. In week 6 they were defeated at home versus Broncos 26-26 in overtime. Quarterback Josh McCown was 20 of 39 for 213 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He also rushed 3 times for 12 yards. On the season he is completing 64.4% of his throws for 1,416 yards with 8 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Rookie running back Duke Johnson Jr carried the ball 9 times for 38 yards. He also caught 3 balls for 18 yards. On the season he has rushed 49 times for 159 yards. He has also caught 24 balls for 190 yards and a score. Running back Isaiah Crowell had 11 carries for 32 yards and 2 catches for 9 yards. On the season he has carried the ball 73 times for 272 yards and a score. He also has 9 receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Travis Benjamin had 9 receptions for 117 yards in the game. On the season he has 31 receptions for 528 yards and 4 touchdowns. Tight end Gary Barnidge had 3 catches for 39 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the season he has 27 receptions for 413 yards and 5 scores. Cornerback Pierre Desir led the team in tackles for the game with 12 (10 solo). The Browns are averaging 272.3 passing yards, good for 9th in the league and are averaging 91.8 rushing yards per game, good for 25th in the league. They are scoring 23.5 points per game and allowing opponents to score 26.3 points per game. They are 1-2 on the road this season with their lone road win occurring week 5 at Baltimore (33-30 in ovetime). The St. Louis Rams are back in action in week 7 after their bye week. They have dropped 3 of their last 4 games after starting their season 1-0. In week 5 they were defeated at Green Bay 24-10. Quarterback Nick Foles was 11 of 30 for 141 yards with 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions. On the season he is completing 57.4% of his passes for 956 yards with 6 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Rookie running back Todd Gurley had 30 carries for 159 yards. On the season he has rushed 55 times for 314 yards and has 3 catches for 20 yards. Wide receiver caught 2 passes for 6 yards and a score. He also rushed 3 times for 22 yards. On the season he has 16 receptions for 144 yards and 3 touchdowns and 13 carries for 99 yards and a score. Wide receiver Stedman Bailey had 3 catches for 73 yards in the game. On the season he has 9 receptions for 161 yards and a touchdown. Running back Benjamin Cunningham had 2 catches for 28 yards. On the season he has 14 receptions for 154 yards and 20 rush attempts for 57 yards. Linebacker James Laurinaitis led the team in tackles for 8 (3 solo) in the game. Defensive end Robert Quinn leads the team in sacks this season with 4. The Rams are averaging 183.2 passing yards, good for 31st in the league and are averaging 113.8 rushing yards per game, good for 13th in the league. They are scoring 16.8 points per game and allowing opponents to score 22.6 per game. They are 1-1 at home this season with their lone home win occurring week 1 versus Seattle (34-31 in overtime).

Series History – St. Louis has won 3 of the last 4 meetings with Cleveland. Their last meeting was during week 10 of the 2011 regular season as the Rams prevailed 13-12 at Cleveland.

Prediction – Now that Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley has been unleashed (he was inactive the first 2 weeks of the season) the team might become the ground and pound team that coach Jeff Fisher has always envisioned. Browns’ opponents so far this season are averaging 149.8 yards per game on the ground, which points to a big positive for the Rams in this game.

Take the St. Louis Rams -5.5 (Bet365)

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