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This Weekend in Sports: Browns host Jags, Crew Aim for MLS Cup, Army-Navy

The Browns try to get back on track, the Eagles and Cowboys meet again, and the Crew hope to win their third MLS Cup.

December 7, 2023

This Weekend in Sports previews the biggest games and events for the coming weekend.

The Cleveland Browns try to get back on track, the Eagles and Cowboys have a NFC East showdown and the Crew hope to win their third MLS Cup this weekend in sports.

NFL

Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4) at Cleveland Browns (7-5), 1 p.m. ET Sunday

Jacksonville QB Trevor Lawrence’s injury in Monday’s defeat to the Bengals looked way worse than it was. He’s day-to-day with an ankle sprain, and if he doesn’t go, the signal-caller duties will land with C.J. Beathard, who’s won one game (with the 49ers) in six years.

The Browns’ QB situation isn’t a lot better. Coach Kevin Stefanski will likely go with veteran and former Super Bowl winner Joe Flacco — to be fair, Flacco was mostly solid last week in a loss to the Rams.

Bigplay’s Chris McNeil breaks down the game and gives his prediction here.

Tipico bettors have placed 58 percent of moneyline bets on the Browns (-170); 94 percent of spread bets on the Browns (-3 points); and 100 percent on the Jaguars to score under 16.5 points.

Indianapolis Colts (7-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (6-6), 1 p.m. ET Sunday

In their previous meeting, Gardner Minshew completed 26 of 42 attempts for 312 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions for the Colts, who are 5-1 against the spread and 5-1 overall in road games this season.

Cincy is hoping QB Jake Browning can replicate his performance against the Jaguars — 354 yards, a touchdown pass and a game-winning field goal drive in overtime.

Tipico bettors have placed 61 percent of ML bets on the Bengals (-115) and 100 percent of bets on the over (44).

Philadelphia Eagles (10-2) at Dallas Cowboys (9-3), 8:20 p.m. ET Sunday

Jalen Hurts and current No. 1 NFC seed Philly took their lumps literally and figuratively last Sunday in a stunning 42-19 loss to the 49ers, and they face another tough test against Dallas and QB Dak Prescott. If the Eagles lose again, they will drop from the current No. 1 to No. 5, with the Niners taking over the NFC’s top seed and the Cowboys taking over the NFC East lead.

It’s going to be another tough one for the Eagles, who in the past four weeks have endured a super rough schedule – Cowboys (in Philly), Chiefs, Bills and 49ers. Prescott – currently holding the second lowest Tipico odds to win NFL MVP at +330 (place a bet here) – has passed for 3,234 yards and 26 touchdowns and has led the Cowboys to 14 straight wins at home.

Tipico bettors have placed 89 percent of ML bets on the Eagles (+155) and 85 percent of spread bets on the Eagles (+3.5).

Buffalo Bills (6-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (8-4), 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday

These teams, and their starting quarterbacks, have been in some epic games in the past few years, but neither team is living up to their billing this season. Buffalo, despite being ranked fourth in offense and 12th in defense, is 3-5 since an early-season three-game win streak and they have six one-score losses.

The defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs have gone 2-3 since starting the season 6-1. But with Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and a good defense, you figure KC will start heating up as the playoffs get closer.

Despite these teams’ struggles, Buffalo QB Josh Allen and Mahomes – ranked sixth and eighth in passing – likely will put on a show in this latest edition of their rivalry.

Tipico bettors have placed 76 percent of ML bets on the Chiefs (-125) and 99 percent of bets on the over (47.5).

Los Angeles Rams (6-6) at Baltimore Ravens (9-3), 1 p.m. ET Sunday

Matthew Stafford, Sean McVay and LA have quietly but steadily moved back into the playoff picture with three straight wins. Stafford has seven touchdown passes in his past two games and RB Kyren Williams has rushed for 231 yards.

Baltimore is coming off a bye week, and coach John Harbaugh and his team are 12-3 off bye weeks. An even more stunning stat is that QB Lamar Jackson is an unfathomable 17-1 as a starter against NFC teams in his career.

Tipico bettors have placed 97 percent of ML bets on the Ravens (-350) and 89 percent of spread bets on the Ravens (-7).

Game Plan: NFL Previews and Best Bets for Each Game

MLS Cup Final

Columbus Crew vs Los Angeles FC at Lower.com Field, 4 p.m. ET Saturday

Cucho Hernandez has four of the Crew’s 13 goals in these playoffs, and Columbus is seeking their third Cup title. Get our preview of the big match here.

Tipico bettors have put 75 percent of ML bets on LA (+225).

College Football

Army vs Navy, 3 p.m. ET Saturday

This classic rivalry started Nov. 29, 1890. It occupies a neat position on the schedule in between the hustle and bustle of the college football regular season and the start of December-January bowl mania. See our in-depth preview of the big rivalry game here.

Heisman Trophy

LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels, Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., Oregon quarterback Bo Nix and Washington quarterback Michael Penix, Jr. are the four finalists for the award, which will be announced at a ceremony starting at 8 p.m. ET Saturday.

 

UFC Fight Night

Song Yadong (20-7-1, 9-2-1 UFC) vs. Chris Gutierrez (20-5-2, 8-2-1 UFC), Saturday

Heading into this bantamweight bout, Song (aka ‘The Kung Fu Kid’) has won four of his past five fights, including a KO/TKO over Ricky Simon earlier this year. Gutierrez (“El Guapo”) rebounded from a loss to Pedro Munhoz in April by defeating Alatengheili in October.

Tipico bettors are putting all their moneyline bets on Song to win (-360).

Premier League

Aston Villa (10W-3L-2D) vs Arsenal (11W-1L-3D), 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday

The Gunners have won four straight matches against the Villans since October 2021, but Villa is coming off a big win over Manchester City. Villa’s Ollie Watkins is tied for fourth in the EPL with eight goals this season.

Tipico bettors have placed 87 percent of ML bets on Arsenal (+110).

Tottenham (8-3-3) vs Newcastle (8-4-2), 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday

Son Heung-Min is second in the EPL with nine goals for Spurs. Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson each have seven goals for Newcastle.

Alex Valdes
Alex Valdes is Web Content Manager at Tipico North America. He has written, edited and performed user and site analysis at MoneyTalksNews, NBC Sports, MSN, Bing, MSNBC, as well as newspapers and magazines.
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