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A duel between the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions might not be the sexiest thing in the world in the regular season, but in the preseason, NFL betting fans will love to sink their teeth into this battle, as a ton of players are going to be fighting hard for their roster spots in what could be a very exciting game.
Cleveland Browns @ Detroit Lions (-2)
Saturday, August 28th
5:00 ET, Ford Field, Detroit, MI
Browns Notes: There probably isn't going to be a heck of a lot of battling going on at the quarterback position for the Browns. Head coach Mike Holmgren has to be happy with the way that both QBs Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace have performed. Delhomme has completed 18-of-23 passes for 193 yards and a TD, while Wallace has gone 9-of-17 for 139 yards with three scores and an INT. The real issue has been with rookie QB Colt McCoy, who has only gone 5-of-12 for 25 yards with two picks. McCoy has looked noticeably frazzled in the pocket, and it is turning into a bit of a disaster of a training camp for him with each passing day. Common thought is that we might see more of McCoy this week than Delhomme and Wallace, as both are veterans that know the ropes. Either way, the defense is probably going to help out a ton. Cleveland is only allowing 256.0 yards per game. It isn't quite translating on the scoreboard, as a 21.5 points per game average is high, but a lot of those problems came last week when the offense couldn't keep possession of the ball to save its life in the rain at home in a 19-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams.
Lions Notes: Racking up yardage hasn't been a problem for the Lions in preseason betting action. They rank sixth in the league in total offense at 339.5 yards per game. They have the same type of problem that the Cleveland defense does… lots of yards, but not a lot of points. However, head coach Jim Schwartz has to be happy with the fact that all three of his quarterbacks have looked relatively strong. This is a crucial performance for QB Matt Stafford. The second year man out of Georgia has completed 21-of-29 passes for 191 yards with two TDs and an INT thus far in the preseason. The hometown crowd will get their first look at his stuff this week. It will also be the home debut for rookie RB Jahvid Best, who has carried the ball for 78 yards on 14 carries. The defense has had a problem keeping teams out of its own red zone, as opponents are averaging 21.5 points per game so far in two outings.
The Final Word: This is a situation that we have discussed time and time again, and it comes up again on Saturday night. The Lions are coming home for their first game, and they are full of high hopes that this is the year that things start to turn around. The fans in the Motor City are just dying to see wins however they can come about, and Detroit is likely to come up with one for the faithful to rejoice about this weekend.
Prediction: Lions 24 – Browns 16