The defending Super Bowl champs are in action for the first time since claiming the Lombardi Trophy last year, and we’re all set with our NFL picks for the duel between the Green Bay Packers and the Cleveland Browns.
The more things changes across the rest of NFL betting action, the more things seemingly stay the same for the Packers. All of the familiar faces from a year ago are back, and the hope is that this is going to lead the team on a Super Bowl run once again. QB Aaron Rodgers though, has been sloppy in practices in training camp leading up to this first preseason games, as have the rest of his teammates for the most part. There is definitely a genuine concern right now for Head Coach Mike McCarthy to deal with. Still, we know when push comes to shove that this team will be fine. The secondary is a big concern in this one, as we know that Morgan Burnett, Charles Woodson, and Tramon Williams are all definitely out of this one. Davon House and Brandian Ross have been out of practice as well, which is really only going to leave Jarrett Bush, Pat Lee, and Josh Gordy in the secondary. It could be a long, long day for the Pack’s secondary if this is the case.
The second year in the QB Colt McCoy experiment is about to be underway in Cleveland, and it would be great for the residents of the Dawg Pound to see their team win a game against the defending champs, even if it is just the preseason. The Browns have a lot of faith in McCoy this year, but we are definitely skeptical about the rest of the depth chart at quarterback behind him. QB Seneca Wallace is definitely competent, but we’re concerned about this game for former West Virginia Mountaineer Jarret Brown and the Arena Football League’s Cleveland Gladiators graduate Troy Weatherhead. Don’t expect to see WR Mohamed Massaquoi in this one, as he is battling a leg injury, while RB Montario Hardesty is likely to also be on the shelf. That being said, there’s a big time void at the wide receiver position that needs to be addressed in the exhibiton season.
Green Bay Packers @ Cleveland Browns Pick: The Browns just feel like they have more on the line in this game than the Packers do. Cleveland would love to take this one down, and we know that it’s usually never a good idea to go against a home underdog, especially early on in the preseason. Go with Cleveland +2 at Bookmaker Sportsbook for our NFL betting picks.
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