One of the marquee matchups for Week 1, the Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs could be a potential AFC playoff preview. Both teams have new faces on their rosters and will be looking to answer some questions Sunday afternoon. Will the Chiefs’ new-look offensive line gel early on in the year? Will Odell Beckham Jr. look like his old self? Let’s take a look at the current NFL odds, TV channel, how to live stream, and a prediction for the Browns vs. Chiefs Week 1 NFL game.
Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs | Week 1 preview and prediction
The Browns start the 2021 season with big expectations after qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2002 last year. The expectations aren’t out of this world, considering the AFC North is a little bit more competitive, and the team is coming off some impressive performances in 2020.
In the 2020 playoffs, the Browns actually played the Chiefs very close, losing 22-17. The defense is even better this season after the team brought in Jadeveon Clowney and Troy Hill. The offense brings back most of their starters, and the combination of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt ranked third in rushing yards per game last year. Odell Beckham Jr. is once again healthy and provides Baker Mayfield with a legit one-two punch with Jarvis Landry on the other side.
The Chiefs are still championship contenders after losing to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in the 2020 Super Bowl. Kansas City addressed their offensive line by bringing in Joe Thuney and several other pieces. Besides that, the offense remains largely intact except for Sammy Watkins, who signed with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason.
Browns vs. Chiefs prediction
This Browns vs. Chiefs prediction is tough as it is the first week of the season. This one comes down to the defenses. Cleveland, to me, has the better unit. We saw what a good defense could do against the Chiefs after their Super Bowl loss. There is also something known as the “Super Bowl hangover,” which could have an impact here. I don’t believe the Browns win straight up, but I do think they keep it close.
Browns vs. Chiefs prediction: Chiefs 21, Cleveland 19
How to watch Browns vs. Chiefs | Live streams, TV channel, and more
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Start time: 4:25 PM ET
TV channel: CBS
Hulu + Live TV
NFL Game Pass
Check with your streaming service to confirm the availability of specific channels.
Odds for Browns vs. Chiefs
Odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
Spread: -5.5 Chiefs
Moneyline: Chiefs -250, Browns +200
Over/Under: 54.5 (Over -110, Under -110)
The under is the play in this one. Not only will there be some first-game jitters, but both teams have impressive defenses. At the end of the day, if the Browns want to win this one, they need to contain Patrick Mahomes. If they can do that, they have a chance to keep it close and cover the spread. However, if the Chiefs can score early, this one might get out of hand.