The Cleveland Browns (2-5-1) will play their first game this season without head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley when they host the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs (7-1) on Sunday as large home underdogs at sportsbooks.
Both Jackson and Haley were relieved of their duties Monday, with the former replaced on an interim basis by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
NFL point spread: The Chiefs opened as 8.5-point favorites; the total was 52.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Line updates and matchup report.
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The Chiefs will need to guard against a potential letdown spot here at Cleveland following a 30-23 home win over the Denver Broncos in a divisional game.
They failed to cover the spread for the first time this year as nine-point favorites and saw the under cash for the fourth time in five games.
Kansas City’s offense has still been awesome to watch, though, led by second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who leads the league in passing yards (2,526) and touchdowns (26) through the first eight weeks.
The Browns cannot play much worse offensively than they did last week in a 33-18 road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
They were held without a touchdown until five minutes and 24 seconds into the third quarter and did not score another until there were only six seconds remaining in the game.
While rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield looks like he has regressed since his impressive debut in relief back in Week 3—when he rallied Cleveland back to a 21-17 win over the New York Jets—Jackson and Haley are being blamed instead. Without their presence on the sideline, Mayfield should be able to thrive again.
It remains to be seen whether Williams is actually head coaching material, but bettors will see if he is indeed worthy of the title despite his checkered past.
The Chiefs have won three of the past four meetings with the Browns straight up, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, but they have failed to cover the last three in the series.
Cleveland’s defense will slow down Kansas City’s offense enough to make things interesting, and the home team will stay within a touchdown to cover the spread.
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