When the Cleveland Browns (3-2) host the Arizona Cardinals (5-0) on Sunday afternoon, the result may have more to do with who is not on the field than who is. Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury tested positive for COVID-19 this week and will not be on the sidelines for the Cardinals. Meanwhile, running back Nick Chubb is unavailable for Cleveland with a calf injury.
Kickoff from FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland is set for 4:05 p.m. ET. Cleveland is a three-point favorite in the latest Browns vs. Cardinals odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 48. Before entering any Cardinals vs. Browns picks, you'll want to see the NFL predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Browns vs. Cardinals spread: Browns -3
- Browns vs. Cardinals over-under: 48 points
What you need to know about the Browns
Even without Chubb, the Browns should be able to move the ball on the ground against Arizona. The Cardinals will get a healthy dose of Kareem Hunt, who could cut up an Arizona defense that has allowed the fifth-most rushing yards in the NFL. Hunt should factor into the passing game as well, as Arizona has allowed opposing running backs to catch 25 passes for 204 yards this season.
Cleveland had hoped to activate Jarvis Landry off of injured reserve for the game, but he will sit for another week. The Browns' tight ends have taken on a bigger role in the passing game, but Arizona has allowed the third-fewest receiving yards to the TE position in 2021. Wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones stepped up last week with five catches for 70 yards in Week 5 for Cleveland, and could be in for another big week against a Cardinals defense looking to stack the box against Hunt.
What you need to know about the Cardinals
The Cardinals have started 5-0 for the first time since the 1974 season. DeAndre Hopkins' 9-yard TD catch with 5:13 left gave Arizona a 17-7 lead on its way to the victory. The Cardinals stopped San Francisco four times on fourth down conversion attempts. Kyler Murray passed for 239 yards and a TD.
Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be on the sideline for Sunday's game. Quarterbacks coach Cam Turner and defensive lineman Zach Allen also tested positive and will miss the game vs, Cleveland. Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers are expected to share head coaching duties. The status of Chandler Jones, who tested positive earlier this week, is uncertain.
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