In this Week 16 match-up, the Cleveland Browns (7-7) are looking to keep their dimming playoff hopes alive against the Green Bay Packers (11-3). That being said, let’s see how both of these teams stack up to each other so you can get ready to place your bets against their NFL odds.
NFL Betting Preview for Cleveland Browns At Green Bay Packers
After a crushing loss to the Raiders on a last-second field goal, the Browns have fallen out of the playoff wild card spot. The Packers, who are looking to take the top seed in the NFC, barely held on to beat the Ravens by one point.
The Browns have been plagued by injuries and players testing positive for COVID. Thanks to a Buccaneers loss to the Saints on Sunday night, the Packers are now in control of their destiny. The Packers can use the bye, as Rodgers is playing on a bad toe. For both teams, they come into this game needing to win.
Playoff Hopes Can Be Dashed With A Loss To Green Bay
The Browns are going to be working on a shortened week. Their Monday night loss to the Raiders set back any chances for Cleveland to make the playoffs. Several other teams are ahead of the Browns in the AFC wild-card race, including Las Vegas. Mayfield has been battling multiple injuries this year, as have other starting players like Kareem Hunt and Jarvis Landry.
COVID has also been an issue for the Browns in December. Most offensive starters were out for the Raiders game due to testing positive. Ten more players from the defensive side of the ball also missed out on the Las Vegas game. If they don’t pass the COVID protocol before Saturday’s game, the Browns’ playoff chances will be over.
Rodgers And The Packers Are Looking To Stay In The Lead For The Number One Seed In The NFC
The Packers have also had their issues with COVID this year. Aaron Rodgers tested positive earlier in the season but only missed one game. He has also been battling an injury to his toe while in quarantine for COVID. The possibility of surgery was on the table; however, Rodgers opted out of having the surgery done this season.
Rodgers has his eyes on two things this season, a Super Bowl win and the regular season MVP. Getting a first-round bye will help the Packers run to the Super Bowl. The remaining schedule for the Packers is also favorable, with the last two games being against division rivals Minnesota and Detroit.
The Keys To Victory For The Browns And The Packers
For the Browns, it’s pretty simple, get healthy and put pressure on Rodgers. With a bad toe, Rodgers won’t run around as much as he usually does when pressured with his bad toe.
For the Packers, they need to step up on defense. In the game against Baltimore, Green Bay gave up two last-minute touchdowns that could have sent the game into overtime had it not been for the Ravens going for two in an attempt to win the game in regulation.
Who’s Going To Win And Cover The Spread
The Packers are 7-3 ATS when they are the favorite and are undefeated at home. The Browns are 2-3 as the underdog and are 2-4 on the road. With Green Bay as a seven-point favorite and the Browns horrible play lately, Green Bay wins by ten and covers the spread.