Seattle (4-1; 2-3 ATS) at Cleveland (2-3; 2-3 ATS)
Early line: Browns (minus-1.5 points). Total: (47)
SEA 7TH OFF; CLE 18TH DEF
SEA 12TH RUN; CLE 29TH vs. RUN
SEA 8TH PASS; CLE 7TH vs. PASS
SEA 8TH PTS; CLE 21ST PTS ALLOWED
CLE 23RD OFF; SEA 14TH DEF
CLE 17TH RUN; SEA 4TH vs. RUN
CLE 20TH PASS; SEA 26TH vs. PASS
CLE 25TH PTS; SEA 19TH PTS ALLOWED
SEA T7TH TO/TA; CLE T22ND TO-TA
Seahawks lead all-time series 12-6-0, but teams have split last 6 games in series. In most recent game (Dec. 20, 2015 at Seattle), Seahawks beat Browns 30-13 after losing previous 2 games to Cleveland, including one in OT. The Seahawks have a stretch of five games with three on the road and two long trips back East, beginning with this game in Cleveland. The Seahawks have road trips to Cleveland and Atlanta sandwiched around a home game against Baltimore.
SEAHAWKS are riding high in NFC West after stirring, prime time come-from-behind 30-29 victory over division-rival Rams in Week 5 Thursday-nighter highlighted by one of the best performances of QB Russell Wilson’s career.
Playing with an efficiency that’s hard to match, Wilson has to be in this year’s early MVP conversation after throwing 4 TDs to 4 different SEAHAWKS receivers on just 23 pass attempts with zero INTs (151.8 QB rating) in Week 5 win, culminated by his game-winning 5-yard TD pass on 4th down to RB Chris Carson with 2:28 remaining. He also had 8-32 rushing with a long of 12.
Wilson has 12 TDs and zero INTs through 5 games and is finding ways of making plays out of nothing. His TD pass to SEAHAWKS WR Tyler Lockett in Week 5 was the best example. It appeared Wilson’s only option was throwing it into the first row of the stands, only to pick out a small sliver of space and allow Lockett a chance to make a remarkable toe-tapping catch.
In the past 19 regular-season games, SEAHAWKS’ Wilson has a 42-4 TD-INT ratio. He threw 3 INTs in the first two weeks of last season, but since has been incredibly efficient at not making mistakes in the passing game.
Carson, who appears to have overcome fumbling issues the first 3 games, is also as the top of his game entering Week 6. He rushed for 104 yards against Arizona and had 118 yards rushing on 27 carries against the Rams, in addition to his game-winning TD catch. It was a heavy load in a short period, but reinforced how important Carson is to what SEAHAWKS want to be offensively.
SEAHAWKS offense gained 429 yards of total offense (including 167 yards on the ground), converted 4-of-11 3rd and 4th downs and enjoyed a significant edge in TOP (35:18-24:42) in Week 5 thriller.
TE Will Dissly led SEAHAWKS receivers in Week 5 with 4-81 on 4 targets with a long of 38, and WRs DK Metcalf and David Moore each had TD catches, in addition to Lockett and Carson.
Never asked to play guard before at any level, SEAHAWKS’ Jamarco Jones was thrust into action in Week 5 after D.J. Fluker was lost to a pulled hamstring. Primarily an OT throughout his football career, Jones played well enough vs. Rams’ stout defensive front to possibly remain an interim starter at ORG, with Fluker expected to be out a while, and his backup, Ethan Pocic, continuing to battle a back injury (check status).
SEAHAWKS defense allowed Rams 477 total yards (395 passing) and registered 2 takeaways with zero sacks in Week 5 win. In both halves, Seattle’s two-minute defense was ripped apart.
SEAHAWKS FS Tedric Thompson made a great juggling INT, and DE Jadeveon Clowney forced a fumble that he recovered in Week 6 defensive effort that was otherwise far from Seattle’s best.
SEAHAWKS’ rookie class — outside of Metcalf — is struggling to get on the field. First-round DE L.J. Collier, 2nd-round FS Marquise Blair, 4th-round WR Gary Jennings and 7th-round WR John Ursua were all inactive in Week 5.
Jekyll-and-Hyde BROWNS showed their bad side in lopsided 31-3 road loss to Niners in Week 5 Monday-nighter. And just like that, the momentum Cleveland built with their convincing 40-25 road win in Baltimore in Week 4 is gone.
In a game where head coach Freddie Kitchens and offensive coordinator Todd Monken pulled out all the stops, trying gimmick plays and a little trickery, the BROWNS repeatedly stopped themselves with turnovers, mistakes and missed tackles.
BROWNS QB Baker Mayfield suffered through his worst game as a pro and was the target of a Nick Bosa taunt in the first half. He completed 8-of-22 passes for a career-low 100 yards, threw 2 INTs, fumbled twice, was sacked 4 times and had a paltry 13.4 QB rating. Things got so bad that Kitchens pulled Mayfield and replaced him with Garrett Gilbert in 4th quarter.
BROWNS offered no help on defense or special teams. San Francisco outgained Cleveland in total offense 446-180 and had a whopping 275-102 advantage on the ground.
RB Nick Chubb (16-87 rushing) and WR Jarvis Landry (4-75 receiving on 6 targets) put forth decent efforts for BROWNS, but WR1 Odell Beckham Jr. had only 2-27 receiving on 6 targets and added to the Browns problems when he coughed up the ball on a punt return.
BROWNS defense that has lost productive LB Christian Kirksey for season following chest surgery registered 2 sacks but had zero takeaways in Week 5 mauling.