Las Vegas Odds & NFL Preseason Week 1 Football Expert Picks: Cleveland Browns vs New York Giants
Thursday, August 09, 2018
by Liev Jackson

Plenty of Intrigue as New York Giants Visit Cleveland in Preseason Opener

Las Vegas Odds & NFL Preseason Week 1 Football Expert Picks: Cleveland Browns vs New York Giants

Cleveland Browns (0-0) vs
New York Giants (0-0)

Time: 7:00 PM ET
Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Watch on: NFL Network
Odds: Browns -1
Total O/U: 35

QB Baker Mayfield, RB Saquon Barkley and CB Denzel Ward were three of the four first picks in this year’s NFL draft. They will all be making their debuts in this game as the Cleveland Browns host the New York Giants in NFL preseason action.

Both these teams are looking to put a lot of losing behind them and should be motivated to get this season off on the right foot.

For Cleveland it is a lot more than one season as they are 4-44 in their last three seasons combined. The offense should be much better as coach Hue Jackson gets major upgrades to the QB position (Tyrod Taylor and Mayfield) and WR position (Jarvis Landry). But in all likelihood the veterans won’t play much so all eyes are on Mayfield.

For New York, a new coach is in place as Pat Shurmur make his debut. Eli Manning likely won’t play (much) so this is going to be about what Davis Webb and Kyle Lauletta can bring to the table.

The wide receivers from the three position on down are entirely new so look for a lot of action from Cody Latimer and Hunter Sharp. This will also be the debut for second round guard Will Hernandez on an offensive line where every starter will line up differently than they did last year.

Cleveland Browns vs. New York Giants Betting Odds & Team Stats

Gm# Team
Opener
257 Cleveland
35
258 NY Giants
-3
 
 
Cleveland Browns
 
New York Giants
0-0
-
10
4-12
18.67
25.62
-6.95
2-6
2-6
7-9-0
2-6-0
5-3
Record
Streak
Last Meeting
ATS
Offense
Defense
Diff.
ATS Home
ATS Away
O/U Record
O/U Home
O/U Away
Injuries
0-0
-
6
7-9
12.33
24.25
-11-92
3-5
4-4
6-10
3-5
3-5

The Bottom Line:
The Browns are -1 favorites and should be plenty motivated to put all the losing behind them. Both defenses should be aggressive and ahead of the offense, so I like the Browns to pull out a close one. The Pick: Cleveland 17-14.

Liev Jackson NFL Predictions: Cleveland -1
Total O/U: Under 35
NFL Record:
September, 2018: 3-5   /   -2.50 Units
August, 2018: 6-4-0   /   +1.60 Units

 

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baker mayfield - cleveland browns - cody latimer - davis webb - denzel ward - eli manning - hue jackson - hunter sharp - jarvis landry - kyle lauletta

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