Browns vs. Raiders Betting Odds & Latest News Amid Cleveland’s COVID Outbreak
David Eulitt/Getty Images. Pictured: Baker Mayfield
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, four teammates and head coach Kevin Stefanski were placed on the COVID-19 health protocol list on Tuesday.
That’s a day after nine other Browns players were placed on the list. That list has continued to grow heading into the weekend.
Cleveland faces off against the Las Vegas Raiders at home on Saturday afternoon, but now that’s in doubt.
While every major American sportsbook took down the odds to that game as on Tuesday morning, DraftKings re-opened the game with the Raiders as a 1-point favorite. The total was 39. It eventually moved as far as Raiders -3.5 with a total of 38. But with the latest news, odds are off the board as sportsbooks and the rest of the NFL world await a decision on Saturday’s game.
According to Josina Anderson, the game will be postponed to Monday.
The original spread was around Cleveland -6 before dropping to Cleveland -3 prior to the news of Mayfield’s positive test.
The moneyline was roughly -150 in favor of Cleveland prior the Tuesday announcement.
The Browns had been even heavier favorites at roughly -175 as recently as Monday morning before starting guard Wyatt Teller, starting tight end Austin Hooper, starting left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. and starting wide receiver Jarvis Landry were all also placed on the COVID-19 restricted list.
There is a chance one of the Browns players had a false positive test, though the overall odds are only about 0.05%, according to a journal published by the British Medical Association. If Mayfield or any of the other players are able to procure two negative tests between now and Saturday, they would’ve been eligible to play.
Therein lies the uncertainty of how sportsbooks should price this game — and why it’s currently off the board.