In just some hours, the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs will play host to the Cleveland Browns within the divisional spherical of the NFL playoffs, as a spot within the AFC Championship Recreation is on the road. The Browns did not let their first postseason berth since 2002 go to waste, as they upset the Pittsburgh Steelers 48-37 on Tremendous Wild-Card Weekend. It marked Cleveland’s first postseason win since 1994, and in addition Kevin Stefanski’s first playoff win as a head coach. Sadly, since they’re the highest-remaining seed within the AFC, they get the reigning Tremendous Bowl champion and No. 1 seeded Chiefs.
Of their younger NFL careers, Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield have confronted one another simply as soon as, which got here again in Week 9 of 2018 when the Chiefs beat the Browns by 16 factors. It is not the one time they’ve ever confronted off of their soccer careers, nonetheless, as the 2 set a college-football document with 1,279 mixed passing yards when Oklahoma and Texas Tech matched up in 2016. These groups have by no means met earlier than within the postseason, however seemingly everyone seems to be anticipating an thrilling sport. Earlier than we get into easy methods to wager on this matchup, here is how one can watch or stream the sport this weekend.
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Browns at Chiefs unfold picks
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs
“It sounds loopy to say it about an NFL playoff sport, however this must be a letdown spot for Cleveland, proper? I imply, not solely did the Browns finish their playoff drought this season, however they received a playoff sport! They usually did so in opposition to the crew of their division that has tortured them for many years! All whereas their coach was caught in a basement isolating. I imply, the Browns have already received their Tremendous Bowl, and now they should face what could be the most effective crew within the NFL.
“Additionally, whereas the Browns received final week, I am unable to ignore how the win got here. The Steelers basically handed the Browns a 28-0 lead within the first quarter. As soon as the Steelers stopped turning the ball over repeatedly, they outscored the Browns 37-20 over the ultimate three quarters. One thing tells me that the Chiefs aren’t going to open the sport by snapping the ball 20 yards previous Patrick Mahomes into the top zone. The Browns protection hasn’t been good this 12 months, and now it is going through one of many two greatest offenses within the sport. I do not count on this one to be all that aggressive.” — Tom Fornelli on why he expects Kansas Metropolis to cowl the massive unfold.
“In 14 video games with Nick Chubb energetic, the Browns have rushed for 160.2 yards per sport and 23 touchdowns, and completed the common season with the No. 3 dashing offense within the league. Curiously sufficient, the Chiefs have allowed 122.1 dashing yards per sport this season, which is worst amongst all playoff groups. Nonetheless, I’ve a tough time believing that the Browns will upset the Chiefs within the divisional spherical. I do assume that they will cowl the unfold, nonetheless, because the Chiefs have not received a sport by greater than six factors since Week 8. Since Week 9 they’re 1-7 in opposition to the unfold, which is worst within the NFL!” — Jordan Dajani on why he is leaning in the direction of Cleveland to cowl.
Browns at Chiefs complete picks
Stat to know: Since 2000, there have been six playoff video games with a closing complete of 56 or greater. The over is 5-1.
“The Browns’ greatest defensive weak spot is their secondary and that is not a weak spot you possibly can afford to have if you’re taking part in the Chiefs. The one factor that does fear me in regards to the Chiefs is the rust issue. Usually, I do not put a lot inventory in one thing like that, however their starters will not have performed for 3 weeks by the point they take the sphere on Sunday. Final 12 months, they fell behind 24-0 to the Texans earlier than the rust wore off and now, they should play a Browns crew that simply had the most effective first quarter of any crew in NFL playoff historical past. That is not a really perfect mixture for Kansas Metropolis.
I am totally anticipating this sport to be a shootout similar to it’s each time Baker Mayfield and Mahomes play one another.” — John Breech on why he is taking the Over.
Prime prop picks
Baker Mayfield Over 1.5 passing TDs (-125)
“The Chiefs move protection has allowed a minimum of two touchdowns in eight straight video games. Mayfield has fired a minimum of two scores in 5 of his previous seven. The road suggests the Browns should chase the scoreboard. The percentages aren’t perfect however it feels very secure.” — CBS Sports activities’ Dave Richard.
Nick Chubb Over 85.5 complete yards (-115)
“All Chubb has finished is complete over 100 yards in seven of his previous 9 video games. Just lately he is been boosted by his receiving work, with 28.9 yards per sport in his previous seven. If that retains up, he is a cinch to get 86-plus yards. However even when it would not get fairly that many, the Chiefs have let up 4.6 yards per carry to opposing backs of their previous six video games. Chubb’s averaged 16.0 carries per sport in his previous seven, so if he will get that many on the 4.6 yards per rush the Chiefs enable, he’ll be inside hanging distance of the quantity.” — Dave Richard.