Cleveland Browns vs Green Bay Packers Predictions

With no adjustments to the Week 16 NFL schedule we’ll see an interesting interconference battle between the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers on Christmas day. The Browns had their Week 15 plans interrupted due to a bout with COVID, moving their scheduled game from Saturday to Monday night.

It also gives them a short turnaround when they could use any help in their fight for a playoff berth. At least the Browns should have some key players back as they battle for the AFC North title and for a second straight postseason trip.

Cleveland Browns vs Green Bay Packers Date & Time

The Week 16 game between the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers will take place at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 25 and will be televised on FOX and NFL Network.

Cleveland Browns vs Green Bay Packers Odds

Cleveland Browns +7.5 | Green Bay Packers -7.5 [BET NOW]

Cleveland Browns vs Green Bay Packers Over/Under

Over/Under 45.5 [BET NOW]

Odds Analysis

The Browns were one of the hardest hit teams from the recent COVID surge in the NFL, thus their Week 15 game with Las Vegas was rescheduled. At least they should get some players back in time for the matchup with Green Bay, which has the Browns listed as a 7.5-point underdog on the look-ahead line. That will likely change, though, once we figure out who’s available. Kevin Stefanski and quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum were still in protocols on Sunday night.

The Packers wrapped up their third straight NFC North title with Sunday’s 31-30 win over Baltimore giving Cleveland a boost in the standings. The Pack avoided the upset and failed to cover the spread for just the third time. They are 11-3 ATS overall and a perfect 6-0 SU and ATS at Lambeau Field.

Cleveland Browns

Having their schedule rearranged this late in the season isn’t the most ideal situation, but I guess it could be worse. The Browns would have had an extra day to prep for this showdown with their game against Las Vegas originally scheduled for Saturday. However, a COVID outbreak forced a reschedule and instead they’ll have to travel to the frozen tundra following Monday’s tilt.

A number of players were put on the COVID list last week prompting the change in dates. Both Mayfield and Keenum along with three starters on the offensive line were sequestered. The good news is that barring any major setbacks all those players should be eligible to play on Saturday, hopefully it isn’t too late.

It’s been an inconsistent year to say the least for the Browns, yet they are still in the hunt for a division title and playoff appearance. Mayfield has dealt with foot and shoulder injuries and was part of the contingent shelved by COVID. The offense has sputtered for most of the last two months scoring more than 20 points just twice in the last eight games. They squeaked by Baltimore 24-22 in Week 14 failing to cover the 3-point spread. It was their fourth straight ATS loss and the Browns are just 2-6 ATS in those previous eight outings.

Green Bay Packers

I guess Aaron Rodgers is out of the news cycle now that a bunch of players are testing positive for COVID and he’s still slinging the ball around the yard for the NFC leading Packers. They became the first team to clinch a playoff berth and got the North title as well in their win at Baltimore on Sunday. And there is no time to relax with the No. 1 seed and home field advantage at stake. The Packers got a lot of help over the weekend with Tampa Bay and Arizona both losing giving them sole possession of the top spot. And with a defense that’s been solid all season the Packers are a threat to win the NFC.

Rodgers was 23 of 31 for 268 yards against the Ravens. He also tossed three scoring passes and has 13 touchdowns without an interception over the past four games. The Packers scored at least 31 points in all four games while averaging nearly 36 points and cashing the OVER every time. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread against the depleted Ravens, yet the Packers remain one of the best buys in the NFL at 11-3 ATS. Green Bay is undefeated in six games at Lambeau Field this season and 19-3 at home under Matt LaFleur.

Prediction: Green Bay Packers -7.5 and OVER 45.5

Browns vs Packers Prediction

Given how last week went with COVID forcing changes in rosters and schedules, it might be worth it to wait and see how things turn out before throwing down on this one. The Browns were among the hardest hit teams by COVID and it remains to be seen just how many players make it off the list in time for this game.

But even if both teams are close to being fully healthy I’m backing the Packers simply because they have a hot QB and the Browns haven’t been in sync all season. Laying a touchdown-plus to a hungry Cleveland team is risky, but the Packers are equally hungry with the No. 1 seed in their grasp and Rodgers desperately wants another chance at a Super Bowl ring.

Prediction: Green Bay Packers -7.5 and OVER 45.5

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