The Green Bay Packers are 3½-point favorites, according to the NFL betting spread, to defeat the Cleveland Browns, in a game that is ‘must-win’ for the Packers, ‘will-lose’ for the Browns, and ‘guess-will-see’ for fans who paid $109 for tickets in the end zone that are going for $36 now. As people who bet on NFL know, the Packs are without Aaron Rodgers and grasping at straws to make the playoffs, while the Browns are without a win, without hope, and without joy.
#Packers go on the road to face the Browns in Week 14.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 6, 2017
- Date: Sunday, 10th December
- Time: 1:05 PM
- Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium
Sportsbook NFL Odds:
Packers -3½ (-101) 40½ (-110) -175
Browns +3½ (-119) 40½ (-110) +151
Hey, look everybody! It’s Aaron (Jones)!
A team that goes from Aaron Rodgers to Brett Hundley has no alternative but to run the ball, and rookie running back Jamaal Williams took the ball, literally and figuratively, and ran with it all the way to a SU and ATS and OT win over the Bucs on Sunday. Meanwhile, Aaron Jones, returning from a three-game absence with an torn MCL, pretty much ran under the radar, but had a couple of significant plays, including a game-winning 20-yard touchdown, which has led the easily impressed to suggest that Jones could be the team’s No. 1 Aaron until Rodgers comes back. Green Bay is coming off consecutive overtime games, but then they should theoretically be able to put Cleveland away even at half-speed. The Packers are 3-1 SU and ATS in its last four games against the Browns, each win by a margin of at least 18 points. Green Bay is also 5-1 ATS in their last six visits a team with a losing home record, and 9-2 against the NFL betting spread in their last 11 in December.
Don’t stand, don’t stand so, don’t stand so close to me
Cleveland rookie QB DeShone Kizer must have confused his Latin formulas. He probably said vade retro me when he meant vade retro, so instead of vanquishing Hue Jackson, Kizer just got Hue to stand behind him. Oh well; it’s an easy mistake to make. And speaking of Huey, Jackson told the press that the Browns quarterback situation could get awkward in 2018. Good thing it’ll be someone else’s problem by then, right Hue? As CBS Sports’ Will Brinson et al point out, “it would be best for the Browns to move on from Hue Jackson, but not until the end of the season,” a near-perfect assessment of the situation, which would be fully perfect without the “until the end of the season” part. The Browns need to do a McAdoo as asap as possible. After all, it’s not like football executives care about covering the spread, which Cleveland did on Sunday against the Chargers, like people who bet on NFL do. The Browns are 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win, 7-19 ATS in their last 26 home games, and 16-34-1 against the NFL betting spread in their last 51 games overall.