Los Angeles and Cleveland enter Week 6 looking to maintain some momentum after much-needed victories in Week 5. The preseason playoff favorites from California will try to squash the excitement of the Browns’ newest rookie quarterback hope, Baker Mayfield, fresh off a 300-yard effort against the tough Ravens defense.
It will be a taller task than predicted as the impact of Jason Verrett and Joey Bosa’s loss hit the Chargers’ defense harder than expected. They put up a good effort in Oakland, but it could be argued that the Browns have a better offense.
They definitely have a better defense. The Browns will put Phillip Rivers’ high-flying offense to the test in front of their rabid fans. It has been a long time since Cleveland Browns fans expected their team to win. Their defense is as big a reason for that as their young passer.
Few thought this week’s contest would pit evenly matched clubs against each other. But injuries and surprises leave experts unable to define a clear favorite.
Injuries and roster moves:
Joey Bosa will not be back for this game. Travis Benjamin will also miss the contest for the Chargers. A bigger problem could be the condition of offensive tackles Russell Okung and Joe Barksdale. Both are limited in practice and listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins will miss a few games with a sprained MCL. Linebacker James Burgess is listed as questionable.
Hue Jackson already has twice as many wins as he managed in his first two seasons in Cleveland. But he will need more than that to satisfy the Browns faithful who felt he needed to go after his 1-31 start.
This is the first year he has an offensive coordinator. Jackson swore he would be hands-off as far as in-game play-calling, which many blamed for Cleveland’s extended woes.
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn started off looking like he would give Jackson’s record a run for his money. However, his 2017 Chargers turned things around after an 0-4 start to win 9 of their next 12, only to miss the playoffs in a tiebreaker.
This season, the Chargers are beating the teams they are supposed to beat, losing only to the pair of undefeated powerhouses, Kansas City and the cross-town Rams.
How to watch the Browns-Chargers game
CBS Sports will air the Browns-Chargers game in the Cleveland-Akron market and across much of the southwest. Millions of savvy NFL fans who cut the cord with expensive satellite and cable television providers will watch the live stream NFL game on Fubo TV.
Fubo TV, like many internet television providers, lets you watch live stream NFL action on your favorite Internet-connected device for a fraction of the cost of traditional television providers.
Fubo, as well as DirecTV Now and Sling TV, require no expensive equipment and include all the NFL-contracted networks so you can watch live stream NFL action all season.
Who will win the Chargers-Browns game?
Expectations are high in both cities for their NFL franchises and the excitement is higher. With the game being played in Cleveland, that gives an advantage to the upstart Browns.
But they are still fighting an uphill battle against a losing culture. They found a way to win last week, but it took them four opportunities to do so.
Lynn has his team jumping on their chances faster and more consistently. That gives the edge back to the Chargers. Final score: Chargers 19, Browns 14