Seattle vs. Cleveland Betting?
Could the Seahawks make it two in a row on the road, in the Eastern Time Zone?
Seattle Seahawks (2-3) at Cleveland Browns (2-3)
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 23, 2011
Where: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
Hawks vs. Browns Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Browns -3
Moneyline: Hawks +140: Browns -160
Over/Under: 40 points
Sunday’s contest against an up-and-coming yet still underwhelming Cleveland Browns team will give them every opportunity to do so.
Seattle returns from their bye this week with injury issues still at the forefront against a team that has lost two games in a row and could be without their top running back.
Seattle will likely be forced to start Charlie Whitehurst on Sunday – Tavaris Jackson is not quite ready to return from a pectoral injury he sustained before the bye.
TD Jesus…Errr Charlie Whitehurst played OK in relief of Jackson in Seattle’s last game – he completed 11 of 19 for 149 yards and one score in that game.
Whitehurst will have Mike Williams back from injury, Sidney Rice, who looks like the saviour for the Seattle offense and Doug Baldwin ready to receive his passes – not exactly an elite group but a solid one just the same.
The key for Seattle in Sunday’s game will be a running game that exploded (OK maybe not exploded) for 145 yards against New York in their last game.
Marshawn Lynch who had 98 yards and a score in that game will get a crack at the league’s 27th ranked run defense – a unit that gives up an average of nearly 130 yards per game on the ground. Confidence is a funny thing and it appears as though the Hawks rushers may have caught a case of confidence over the last couple of weeks.
Cleveland is a difficult team to figure out.
Going into the season, most feared the Browns running game. But the rushers have been a bust ranking 30th in the league and gaining only 81.60 yards per game. Montario Hardesty will likely start at running back on Sunday – Peyton Hillis is extremely questionable with a balky hamstring.
That leaves the offensive onus on Colt McCoy and the Cleveland passing game. They have been OK this season with names like Mohammed Massaquoi, Greg Little and Ben Watson benefitting from the improved play of their young quarterback.
The Browns have the 18th ranked passing game in the league and will be matched up against a Seattle pass defense that is 23rd in the NFL and will play its first game without perhaps their best corner, Marcus Trufant.
Seattle is a bad road team plain and simple. They are 1-6 SU and ATS in their last seven away from home and are 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 on the road. However, the Browns aren’t exactly a juggernaut at home – they are 1-4 SU in their last five and 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven games at home.
Seattle will win their second straight on the road, covering the 3 points and moving to the elusive .500 mark.
Final Score?20-13 for the Seattle Seahawks