Browns to Blow Away Last Unbeaten Record

Bassett looks ahead to Week 6 of the NFL season and fancies this treble to land at odds of 6/1.

Let’s start with a review of my week five treble. Although the headline selection (Pittsburgh Steelers) got the job done, we were behind the eight ball early on. The New England Patriots had calamitous start which meant the chances of them covering the spread were highly unlikely. Although they rallied to win the game on the moneyline, our docket was worthless before the final leg of the bet.

The 49ers controlled the game against the Cardinals but they somehow contrived to lose by seven points, despite numerous chances of scoring throughout the match.

Arizona Cardinals @ Cleveland Browns

My first selection is the Cleveland Browns who come into this game off the back of a shootout defeat at the hands of the LA Chargers. Despite amassing 42 points last week, the Browns were outdone by the wondrous arm of Justin Herbert in a ding-dong affair. On the face of it, a match up against the only unbeaten team in the NFL would appear a tough ask, but the Browns are listed as 2.5 point favourites, and not without reason. This looks a tailor made match-up for their offense.

Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt have been in delightful form. Chubb will unfortunately miss the game but Hunt is more than capable of causing the Cardinals’ suspect defense problems. With Jarvis Landry cleared to play, and Odell Beckham Jr eager to get his season up and running, the Browns have a really balanced attack. Should they replicate the performance against the 49ers last week and get into the Redzone eight times, they could rack up a big score.

Any team with Kyler Murray at quarterback will have a chance of staying in the game. Murray has single-handedly pulled a few games from the fire this year but I anticipate that will stop here. With the weather expected to blow a gale the Browns can keep the ball in hand and grind out the victory. They have an excellent record at home when the wind picks up. They should keep that run going and dish out the Cardinals first defeat of the season. My bet is this game is the Browns -2.5 (10/11)

Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers

Some match-ups just scream as favouring one side and this looks a prime example. The Vikings scraped by the Lions in dramatic fashion last week, and that could be a catalyst for an upturn in form following a far from impressive start to the season. One aspect of their play that has been on song the last few weeks is the defense, holding both the Browns and Lions to a miserly points total. Kirk Cousins has looked after the ball for the most part and he should relish coming up against this Panthers secondary.

The Panthers will still be without elite running back Christian McCaffrey which is a massive loss. Quarterback Sam Darnold has started to show glimpses of the inconsistency that plagued him at the Jets and that’s an added worry for Panthers fans. All in all the Vikings -2.5 (10/11) looks a solid play in a game that they should dominate. Dalvin Cook looks set to start after missing a couple of weeks through injury and he will dictate the game should the Vikings get ahead.

Seattle Seahawks @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Finally, I’m taking the Pittsburgh Steelers to build on last week’s win at home to the Broncos as they welcome the Seattle Seahawks to Heinz Field. Although the offense has been moderate at best, Big Ben will not have a better chance to get his timing going against a highly porous defense that has bordered on the shambolic all season. Busted covers and unable to stop the run, this is the perfect recipe for the Steelers offense to ramp it up.

Chase Claypool will receive numerous targets and is well worth considering in the prop markets, while Najee Harris had a field day last week against a much vaunted Broncos defense. The running back is starting to look a real danger, and with his ability to receive the ball, looks set for a big game.

On the other side of the ball the Steelers defense has been consistently solid. Despite a fourth quarter blip last week they still made the game winning stop when it mattered. They’re sure to be licking their lips at the prospect of facing back up QB Geno Smith.

Russell Wilson is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and missing his first game since the draft in 2012. That is sure to impact on the Seahawks offense over the course of the game. Smith looked competent last week but he is several rungs below Wilson. If the Seahawks struggle to move the ball it will allow the Steelers to dominate the clock and comfortably cover the -4.5 point spread (10/11).

For those who like to roll the dice with a big accumulator the Jaguars are a great selection to keep the game tight against Miami in London and getting 3.5 points looks a steal.

SRD Selections:

Cleveland Browns -2.5 

Minnesota Vikings -2.5

Pittsburgh Steelers -4.5.

Treble pays 6/1