Daily Dawg Tags: Major underdogs in Los Angeles

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The Cleveland Browns head to Los Angeles this Sunday as major underdogs, but are looking to beat the Chargers for the second straight season.

The Los Angeles Chargers didn’t technically exist in 2016, but no one on that roster will forget when the San Diego Chargers lost to the Cleveland Browns.

In what some are dubbing a “revenge game,” the Chargers will look to make up for losing to the Browns in 2016 and preventing an 0-16 season in Cleveland.

Naturally, the Browns are winless once again and unfortunately, the Chargers are a bit better this season. That reflects on the betting lines.

That spread may seem a bit much, but as Dustin Fox points out, the Browns don’t cover the spread often. Could this spell doom on Sunday? I suppose, if you are one of the brave souls predicting a Browns win, but even that is a futile effort at this point.

But until the game is played, fans can hold out hope that the Chargers solely exist to prevent the Browns from having an 0-16 season. That and the return of Josh Gordon will at least have fans tuning in.

It is almost pointless to look at spreads with this Browns team, because if they do win it will be a major surprise to everyone around the NFL, just like it was last year when the Browns upset the Chargers. It could happen again this Sunday, but the odds aren’t looking as favorable as they did a year ago.

We take a look at that and more in today’s edition of the Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns news:

Browns equipped to run the ball, but are reluctant to do so

"The Cleveland Browns may not be equipped to do much on offense, but they can run the ball when they make a commitment to do so."

Trying to be positive at 0-11 in the DPD Podcast

"The Cleveland Browns fell to 0-11 after losing in Cincinnati. We break down all the fallout from the loss in the latest episode of the DPD Podcast."

Sam Darnold says he won’t stay at USC just to avoid Browns (PFT)

"Before the start of the 2017 season, USC quarterback Sam Darnold said that no team should tank in order to get the top pick and guarantee themselves a chance to draft him next April."

Even at 0-11, the Browns have not quit on Hue Jackson (ESPN)

"The Cleveland Browns may be winless, but they have not abandoned their coach."

NFL news:

NFL power rankings, Week 13: Rams rise, Cowboys fall (FanSided)

"The Los Angeles Rams continue to prove they are no fluke, while the Dallas Cowboys are settling in for a long winter ahead in the heart of Texas."

Giants to start Geno Smith over Eli Manning vs. Raiders (NFL.com)

"The New York Giants will take the field without Eli Manning starting under center for the first time since 2004."