Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots Picks & NFL Week 8 Predictions
We have Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots Picks, Free Bets & NFL Week 8 Predictions for the game on Sunday, Oct. 27 at Gillette Stadium.
The undefeated New England Patriots return home from a Monday Night visit to New York to host the disappointing Cleveland Browns.
It’s a game that could potentially be played in adverse, rainy, windy conditions.
Kickoff will be at 4:25 P.M. EST on Sunday, October 27. The current betting odds have the Patriots as a 12-point favorite with an over/under of 45.
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Cleveland Browns Form
A public darling during the offseason, the Browns have fallen far short of expectations.
They stumble into Foxborough this week losers of two in a row, three of their last four and just 2-4 overall.
The Browns enter well rested after having a bye last week following back-to-back losses. Cleveland last played in Week 6, losing 32-28 to the Seattle Seahawks at home as a 1-point favorite.
Second-year QB Baker Mayfield is completing just 56% of his passes and has thrown just five TD passes to go along with a league-leading 11 interceptions.
The offense has been held to 23 points or less in four of its six games, while ranking 21st in the league in total offense.
Defensively, Cleveland allows 25.7 points (22nd in the NFL) and 373.3 yards (23rd in the league) per game. They are prone to blitz, going after the QB on 22.9% of plays, fourth highest in the league since 2017.
However, that may not be a recipe for success this week since Patriots QB Tom Brady has a 103.5 passer rating against the blitz over the last three seasons.
New England Patriots Form
The defending Super Bowl champs are off to an impressive 7-0 start for the third time in team history (2007 and 2015).
They can guarantee at least a .500 record for the 19th straight season with a win this week.
The Patriots are the only NFL team to finish with a record of .500 or better in each of the last 18 years and have the second-longest streak of finishing at .500 or better. That ranks behind the Dallas Cowboys, who did it for 21 straight years from 1965 to 1985.
New England’s defense has been downright dominating this season, giving up a league-low 223.1 yards and 6.9 points per game.
None of New England’s opponents have topped 14 points in a game and five of the seven have been held to 10 points or less, including two shutouts.
The Patriots have the 10th-best offense overall in the league, averaging 31.9 points per game.
The Tom Brady-led passing game ranks 5th in the NFL and the running game ranks 11th overall.
Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots Head-to-Head
The Patriots and Browns will meet for the 25th time overall, including one postseason meeting. Cleveland has lost five straight games in New England.
The teams will be squaring off for the first time since a 33-13 New England win at Cleveland in 2016.
Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots Picks
New England’s defense has been so good this year, there’s really no wonder why the team has gone under in five of its seven games.
We don’t see that changing this week as they return home to play in adverse conditions against a Cleveland offense that has struggled all season.
Simply put, this is a nightmare match-up for Baker Mayfield, who leads the league in interceptions thrown. He is going up against a defense that leads the league in interceptions with 18.
You saw what New England did to poor Sam Darnold on Monday night? Mayfield could be in for a similar greeting when he arrives at Gillette Stadium.
On offense, the Patriots are truly a team that takes what the defense gives them and tends to get conservative with a big lead.
For proof, we look to the fact that the Pats have gone under the total in 27 of their last 44 games as a favorite over the last three seasons.
Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots Picks: Under 45 points @ SportsBetting.ag