By: Lucas Sreniawski
Spread: LA Rams (-3.0)
Kickoff: 7:20 PM, Cleveland Ohio
Los Angeles Rams: While the Rams are 2-0 on the season, something about them just seems…. off. They are averaging 28.5 points a game, but their offenses just doesn’t seem as smooth as it was last season, specifically in the passing game. And they did put a beat down on the Saints, but Drew Brees left the game with injury and the refs blew the whistle on what should have been a scoop and score for the Saints. Even with all that luck their defense still looked fantastic in their own right against New Orleans and they still have Aaron Donald dominating opposing offensive lines, so the Rams should be ok assuming they can get some more rhythm on offense.
Cleveland Browns: So far in 2019 the Browns have been pretty disappointing on offense. After they got blown out by the Titans in week 1, they won an easy but uninspiring game against the lowly, injured Jets. I believe that there are two main reasons for their struggles on offense, the first one is just an unfamiliarity between Baker and his top weapon, Odell, and the other is a relatively weak offensive line. The first of those problems will be fixed with time, but I don’t see much improvement coming from that line, especially with RT Chris Hubbard banged up already. To make matters worse for the Browns offense, talented TE David Njoku was placed on IR this week. Baker is going to have to overcome a lot if he’s going to get a victory at home this week.
Analysis and Prediction: Despite this game being played in Cleveland, it’s hard not to see the Rams getting an easy win this week. While I mentioned the missing pieces on offense for the Browns earlier, they will also be without LB Christian Kirksey as he suffered a chest injury last week. All and all I see a game that the Rams win easily, as their defensive line should be able to control the line of scrimmage, and it’s only a matter of time before the Rams offense returns to near unstoppable form. I’m taking the Rams in this one, by a score of 30-20.