The Detroit Lions no longer have the longest losing streak in the NFL as they visit the Cleveland Browns at 1 p.m. Sunday at First Energy Stadium.
However, the Lions (0-8-1) still have the longest winless streak, which reached 13 games, dating to last season, following a 16-16 tie against the Steelers last Sunday at Pittsburgh.
While the Lions can lament since-released kicker Ryan Santoso missing a potential game-winning field goal in overtime, they come into this matchup with a little more momentum than the Browns (5-4). Cleveland got smoked 45-7 by the New England Patriots in Foxborough.
Neither of the franchises has ever been to the Super Bowl. Yet, as hard as might be to believe now, the Lions and Browns played in the NFL Championship Game four times in a six-year span from 1952-57. Detroit won three times.
Here are the lines for Lions-Browns at Barstool Sportsbook:
Spread: Lions +11 (-109), Browns -11 (-112)
Moneyline: Lions +380, Browns -530
Over/Under: 43.5 O (-110), U (-110)
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Lions-Browns Betting Preview
Lions quarterback Jared Goff will likely be limited or may not even play after sustaining a strained oblique muscle against the Steelers.
As poorly as Goff has played in his first season in Detroit, the Lions do not have much depth behind him. Tim Boyle is the Lions’ QB2 and he has yet to start a game in his three NFL seasons while attempting just four career passes.
Of course, it might not be that big of a drop-off from Goff to Boyle. Goff has eight touchdown passes against six interceptions and his 27.2 quarterback rating, which is an ESPN metric, ranks last in the league.
Either Goff or Boyle could struggle against the Browns, who have 29 sacks, tying the Minnesota Vikings for the league lead. Defensive end Myles Garrett has an NFL-best 13.
The Lions did show an improved running game last week as they piled up 229 yards on the ground and averaged 5.9 a carry. D’Andre Swift ran 33 times for 130 yards for the second 100-yard game of his two-year career.
Perhaps the kicking game will improve after Riley Patterson was signed off the Patriots’ practice squad this week. The Lions’ seventh kicker since the start of training camp has never played in an NFL game.
The Browns get star running back Nick Chubb back after he sat out last week’s blowout after testing positive for COVID-19. Quarterback Baker Mayfield is expected to play after being knocked out of last week’s game, though he was held out of practice this week to rest shoulder, foot and knee injuries.
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Lions +11 (-109) Barstool
Yes, the Lions haven’t won a game since 2020 and have the worst record in the NFL. However, at least they didn’t lose last week, and they are showing some fight as five of their eight defeats have been by 10 points or less.
Considering the up-and-down nature of the Browns, the Lions should at least keep things close.
Nick Chubb to score a TD (-165) DraftKings
Before sitting out last week’s game, Chubb rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries in a win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9. He has scored in two of his last three games and the Lions have allowed 16 rushing TDs.
The Lions haven’t lost to the Browns since 2001, have won four straight games against Cleveland and lead the all-time series 19-5.
That history might not matter be enough to get the Lions their first win but look for them to keep the score respectable.
Browns 27, Lions 17
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