October 11, 2020 | 8:31am
Dave Tuley, senior reporter at VSiN.com, is in his third season with the Post’s Bettor’s Guide. His handicapping pieces appear in VSiN’s online magazine, Point Spread Weekly. (Home team in CAPS)
CLEVELAND BROWNS (+1.5) over Indianapolis Colts
This is an intriguing matchup between 3-1 teams. The Colts have the league’s No. 1 defense, but that’s aided by facing the Jaguars, Vikings, Jets and Bears. We’ll see if they still rank No. 1 after facing the Browns, who showed a balanced attack (307 rushing yards, including Odell Beckham Jr.’s 50-yard reverse for the clinching touchdown, plus three touchdown receptions, the first from Jarvis Landry on a wide receiver option, and two from Baker Mayfield) in beating the Cowboys, 49-38. With the Colts’ step up in class, I’ll take the Browns with the short points, as I expect them to win outright.
Miami Dolphins (+9.5) over SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
The Dolphins have been competitive most of the early season as Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to work his magic, and the 49ers certainly came back to earth in their loss to the Eagles. San Francisco, even with its expanding injury report, should have enough to win this game no matter who starts at quarterback, but for our purposes here, the Dolphins should be able to do enough to cover.
Last week: 0-1-1. Washington (L), Chargers (P).
2020 season: 1-6-1.