Browns vs. Panthers odds, picks, line, how to watch, live stream: Model reveals 2022 Week 1 NFL predictions

Four years after becoming the No. 1 overall pick and the face of the Cleveland Browns franchise, Baker Mayfield will face his former roster in his debut with the Carolina Panthers. Mayfield was traded from Cleveland to Carolina in early July, beating incumbent Sam Darnold for the starting appearance. The man replacing him as the Browns’ starting QB, Jacoby Brissett, is replacing the suspended Deshaun Watson. You can stream the game on Paramount+ in select markets.

Kickoff for Panthers vs. Browns is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. Caesars Sportsbook lists Carolina as a 1.5-point favorite in the latest Browns vs. Panthers odds while the over/under for the total points is 42.5. In select markets, Sunday’s matchup can be seen live on CBS and streamed live on Paramount+ with the must-have Premium plan.

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How to watch Browns vs Panthers

  • Date Browns vs. Panthers: Sunday September 11th
  • Browns vs. Panthers Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • Browns vs Panthers TV: CBS
  • Browns vs Panthers Streaming: Paramount+

Week 1 NFL picks for Panthers vs. Browns

Before you tune into Sunday’s Browns vs. Panthers game, you need to look at SportsLine’s advanced computer model NFL picks. The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, has won over $7,500 for $100 players with top-tier NFL picks since its inception. The model kicks off the 2022 NFL season with an incredible 138-97 run of top-flight NFL picks, stretching back to the 2017 season. Amazingly, it hasn’t missed out on a top-flight pick since week 15 of last season.

The model has also ranked in the top 10 on NFLPickWatch for four of the last six years in direct NFL picks, beating more than 94% of CBS Sports football pick ’em players four times in that span. Whoever followed it is way up.

For Panthers vs. Browns, the model supports Cleveland as a 1.5 point underdog. Even with Brissett filling in for Watson, the Browns have the more talented roster and a dominating rushing attack. Nick Chubb is coming off his third straight Pro Bowl season, and the former Georgia defenseman has averaged at least 5.0 yards per carry in each of his four NFL seasons. Backups Kareem Hunt and D’Ernest Johnson rushed nearly 1,000 yards alone last year, and as a team, Cleveland led the NFL with 5.1 yards per carry.

Not stopping the run was a big reason Carolina went 5-12 last year, as the team posted a 5-1 record in keeping their opponent under 85 rushing yards, compared to 0-11 when one opponent ran at least 85 rushing yards. Chubb alone averaged 89.9 rushing yards a year ago, and the model predicts the team will rush for 130 yards on Sunday.

From there, Cleveland’s frenetic pass rush, led by two-time All-Pro Myles Garrett, will force Mayfield into errors. The model projects the Browns’ defense to get multiple sacks and also force at least one turnover from Mayfield. Cleveland covers nearly 60 percent of the simulations, and the model also predicts Over (42.5) to be hit over 50 percent of the time.

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