The Cleveland Browns (6-8) play the New Orleans Saints (5-9) on Saturday, 24 at 13:00 at FirstEnergy Stadium – Winning six out of 14 games leaves the Cleveland Browns ranked third in the AFC North, while the New Orleans Saints sit third in the NFC South with five victories going into this Week 16 matchup.
Expect the gloves to come off in the latest contest between these two squads. The clock is ticking fast now, with each side still without a playoff berth going into the final rounds of the regular season.
Cleveland Browns VS New Orleans Saints Betting lines
Cleveland Browns VS New Orleans Saints Betting expert picks
Cleveland Browns VS New Orleans Saints Moneyline
The Cleveland Browns seem to relish going up against NFC South opposition, especially at the FirstEnergy Stadium.
The 4-3 hosts have won five of their last six home matchups against NFC South teams. For moneyline bets – odds of -150 suggests they have a 60% chance of adding another victory to their haul in Week 16.
On the other hand, a New Orleans Saints win is priced at +130, with the visitors 1-5 on the road and 5-9 overall for this season.
Cleveland Browns VS New Orleans Saints Spread
The Cleveland Browns will likely take the win against the New Orleans Saints by more than a field goal, judging from the 2.5-point spread on Week 16 betting lines.
Considering the average winning margin in the past five contests of this series was 5.8 points, a one-score game does seem the smart play here.
Having covered the spread in their last three home matches, the Cleveland Browns look like a sound choice to pull it off again at the FirstEnergy Stadium.
The hosts are also 6-3 ATS in the past nine games at home and 6-4 ATS overall from their previous ten games.
The past 11 games against AFC North opposition saw the New Orleans Saints end up 5-6 ATS. During that span, the offense produced 19.4 points per game and the defense allowed an average of 19.4 points.
In their past 10 matches, the New Orleans Saints went 4-6 ATS and also ended up 1-7 ATS from their eight most recent road trips.
Cleveland Browns VS New Orleans Saints Total
The last five head-to-head games saw an average of 40.6 points. Based on this stat alone, the total may end somewhere between 40 and 45 points when the New Orleans Saints visit the Cleveland Browns.
The FirstEnergy Stadium was the venue in three of these five meetings. The scoreboard averaged 39 points, going over the total three times. For this current matchup in Week 16, the total is set at 32.5 points.
For betting on the total, consider that all the last four Cleveland Browns games went under. Looking back on the last five games on home soil for the Cleveland Browns, the total went over two times. They are 4-5-1 against the total overall from their previous ten matches.
The total went under in the last three matches for the New Orleans Saints, who have an average total of 42.9 points across their 14 games for this season. Moreover, the total has gone under in seven of the New Orleans Saints’ past 11 matchups against teams from the AFC North.
Cleveland Browns VS New Orleans Saints Betting trends
- Cleveland Browns have covered the spread in five of their last six games at FirstEnergy Stadium.
- Cleveland Browns point score went under in their last four games
- New Orleans Saints have failed to cover the spread in seven of their last eight games at home.
- In six of the New Orleans Saints’ last seven games, the total went under
NFL Power Rankings Week 16 2022, Cleveland Browns VS New Orleans Saints
Cleveland Browns Form
The Cleveland Browns improved their regular season record to 6-8 last week by beating the Baltimore Ravens 13-3. They’ve gone 4-6 in their past ten matches and 3-2 in the last five at home.
The Cleveland Browns’ offense is the definition of a middle-of-the-pack NFL offensive line, posting a season average of 22.4 points per game. The defense, on the other hand, has really stepped up against opposing offenses of late.
In the past five outings, the hosts have only given up 17.6 points on average. This is better than how they’ve fared over the season, having allowed 23.3 points per game in comparison.
In 2021, the Cleveland Browns went 8-9 to end up third in the AFC North and out of playoff contention. They were expected to make a return to NFL postseason this year, but it looks like fans will have to wait a little longer as the hosts are only 6-8 this season so far.
New Orleans Saints Form
The New Orleans Saints snapped out of a two-match losing streak last time out by beating the Atlanta Falcons 21-18, leaving their current record from the past ten games at 4-6. They are also 0-5 in the last five on the road.
It’s been a rough few weeks for the visiting offense in terms of points scored. In the last five matches, the New Orleans Saints have only put up 14.8 points on average which is way below their season average of 20.4 points.
The defense, on the other hand, has seen a sharp decline from the unit that ranked fourth in the league last year, having given up 22.5 points on average.
This year, the New Orleans Saints hoped to reach the playoffs. However, 14 matches into the current regular season, the visitors are only 5-9 and won’t be around when the NFL postseason gets underway in January unless, of course, they can turn things around quickly.
Cleveland Browns VS New Orleans Saints H2H history
The previous matchup between these two franchises ended in a 21-18 win for the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in September 2018. In the past five meetings, the Browns claimed three wins against the Saints to go 3-2 in this series.
While the Browns averaged 21.6 points, the Saints performed an average of 19 points in their five most recent head-to-head games.