[1:00 PM] Patriots @ Browns

Who will WIN this matchup?

New England Patriots (3-1)

@ Cleveland Browns (0-4)


Current odds:

New England Patriots: (-550)

Cleveland Browns: (+425)


ESPN simulations have New England as XX% favorites to cover the spread.

XX% of sports bets are currently on New England to win as (XX) favorites.

The line for this game is New England by 10.5 points.

  Tom Brady makes his much-anticipated return to the NFL when the New England Patriots visit the winless Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon. Brady, who served a four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate, will be returning at a perfect time for New England, which is coming off its first shutout loss in the history of Gillette Stadium.

Brady’s last game action was against the New York Giants in the preseason finale on Sept. 1, when he complete 16 of 26 passes for 166 yards with a touchdown and an interception, but wide receiver Danny Amendola said there was no concerns about rust being a factor.  The quarterback carousel aside, New England’s offense could use a healthy Rob Gronkowski, who has only one reception in two games and was limited again Thursday by a hamstring injury. Fellow tight end Marcellus Bennett has a pair of 100-yard games, while the defense ranks 19th overall.

 With rookie Cody Kessler set to make his second career start, Cleveland will try to lean on a ground game that averages an NFL-best 149.3 yards per game behind Isaiah Crowell, who is second in the league with 394 yards rushing. Kessler rallied the Browns from a double-digit deficit for the second straight week, only to see Cleveland failed to protect a three-point fourth-quarter edge in a 31-20 loss to Washington after blowing halftime leads in Weeks 2 and 3. Cleveland is allowing 28.8 points per game and has recorded only six sacks.

The Patriots are 40-6 following a loss since the start of the 2003 season.

Browns WR Terrelle Pryor, a converted quarterback, has 13 receptions and a touchdown over the past two games

Belichick needs one win to move into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time list with 227.

StreakSmarts Pick: New England Patriots

Confidence: 7/10

StreakSmarter Pick