(1-1, 1-1 ATS)
(1-1, 1-1 ATS)
Any time that the Detroit Lions or Cleveland Browns can get a victory, it’s a good day for their franchises, even if that win does come in NFL preseason betting action. We look at the NFL preseason odds at this duel in the Motor City for Saturday night’s nationally televised game on the NFL Network.
The Browns tasted defeat for the first time since December 6th last weekend when the St. Louis Rams took them out to the tune of 19-17. Holding onto the football was a huge problem, as fumbling the ball seven times was the cause for their demise. This week, in spite of the fact that they are playing in a dome, the Browns practiced in wet conditions, as the field and the players were all soaked when trying to run and throw the football. Both QBs Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace have performed admirably in the preseason, but the real pressure might be set to fall on the back of Colt McCoy. The rookie out of Texas has tentatively been named the future of this franchise, but that could change in a hurry if he doesn’t get in gear. McCoy only has 25 passing yards to his credit so far in two games, and he generated a pair of two and outs and nothing more in the loss to the Rams last week.
On the contrary, prior to last week’s 25-20 win over the Denver Broncos at Mile High, the last time the Lions won a game was back on November 22nd (ironically, against these Browns). This game could prove to be the coming out party for QB Matt Stafford, who has thrown for 191 yards and a pair of TDs so far in the preseason. The world is waiting for Stafford, last season’s No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, to come out of his shell and prove that he can be a dominant force at this level. Considering the fact that this is the home debut and the game is nationally televised, a good half of football could set him up for a fantastic year in the Motor City. Still, generating some defense would be nice as well, as averaging allowing 21.5 points per game as Detroit is in the preseason isn’t going to cut it.
For a home opener, this is a really soft line to play into. Detroit is being asked to lay less than a field goal to a team that, on paper is awfully similar in stature. The difference is that Delhomme is a proven veteran and could probably care less about what the preseason brings him. That isn’t the case for Stafford. Expect the youngster to guide his team to a relatively comfortable victory on Saturday in front of the bright lights of national TV.
Selection: Detroit Lions -2