If it’s Browns flush it down: Cleveland at New England

Posted by: Charlie Smith
New England Patriots vs. Cleveland Browns NFL Week 5 Betting Preview

The Cleveland Browns are in pretty much the worst shape that they could ever be in as they prepare to host the New England Patriots – and a returning Tom Brady. Here are the online NFL betting odds for the game on Sunday, October 9th at FirstEnergy Stadium:

Patriots -10 (-105) 47 (-110)
Browns +10 (-115) 47 (-110)

Jacoby Brissett made his second consecutive start in place of Jimmy Garoppolo against the Buffalo Bills, but the rookie QB – who had injured his thumb the week prior – playing a week after injuring his right thumb, failed to find a groove as he did when the Patriots shutout the Houston Texans. In fact, it was the Pats’ turn to be shutout, 16-o to be specific – the first time ever they don’t score at home in 14 years at Gillette Stadium. New England finished 1 for 12 on third downs and managed just 277 total yards. The Patriots reached Buffalo territory only four times, with three of those drives ending in a lost fumble by Brissett, a missed field goal, and a turnover on downs.

The Browns came close to winning their first game of the season against the Washington Redskins after rallying from a 14-point deficit and leading 20-17, but TOs on three straight possessions in the second half cost them too dearly. Cleveland QB Cody Kessler threw 28 of 40 for 223 yards with a scoring pass to wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, and running back Isaiah Crowell rushed for 112 yards with another TD. However, Kessler also threw an interception into the arms of Redskins CB Josh Norman. Additionally, Browns fullback Malcolm Johnson was forced to fumble, and RB Duke Johnson had the ball knocked out of his hands early in the fourth quarter.

It may have gone against online NFL betting odds, but the Browns could have really used a win before going on a veritable Via Dolorosa that includes the Titans, the Bengals, the Cowboys, the Ravens, the Steelers, and of course the Patriots in week 5. So the Pats didn’t go a perfect 4-0 without Tom Brady and they lost to the Buffalo Bills of all teams. A 3-1 record without their starting QB is still pretty damn good. And most important of all, Brady will be back to reclaim his rightful position on Sunday, so everything’s all right with the world and our worthless lives have some semblance of meaning once again.

It goes without saying that New England is the overwhelming online NFL betting favorite at most, if not all football betting sites. In addition to an unsuspended Brady, the Patriots might have a healthy Rob Gronkowski at his disposal. And isn’t it curious that Gronk only played on a limited capacity while Brady was suspended? Methinks the Gronk went, “if Tom’s getting a vacation, so am I.” Conspiracy theories aside, Brady will have to shake some gridiron rust off at first, but at this point in his career it’s gotta be like riding a bicycle. A bicycle they pay you millions to ride and that, after you get off of it, you get to go home to a Brazilian supermodel.