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NFL Betting Preview: Cleveland Browns vs. Philadelphia Eagles
August 17, 2023
The Cleveland Browns enter this game 1-1 in the preseason after beating the New York Jets 21-16 in the Hall of Fame game and losing to the Washington Commanders 15-17 at home in week 1 of the preseason.
The Philadelphia Eagles enter this game 0-1 in the preseason after losing on the road to the Baltimore Ravens in week 1 of the preseason by a score of 19-20.
BookMaker has the Philadelphia Eagles listed as 4-point favorites at home against the Cleveland Browns and has set the total for the over/under plays at 38 points. Which team will come away with the win in this matchup in week 2 of the NFL preseason? Let’s take a deeper dive into how these teams are performing in the preseason this season.
Cleveland Browns Team Preview
The Cleveland Browns enter this game with a record of 1-1 after defeating the New York Jets in the Hall of Fame game they lost to the Washington Commanders by a score of 15-17. The Browns are 1-1 ATS overall and 1-0 ATS as an underdog this season.
Offensively, Cleveland is averaging 18 points per game in the preseason. The Cleveland Browns are averaging 356.5 total yards, 222 passing yards, and 144.5 rushing yards per game in the preseason this year. Dorian Thompson-Robinson leads the team in passing in the preseason completing 17 of 21 pass attempts for 184 yards and two passing touchdowns while adding 47 rushing yards on 9 attempts. Demetric Felton leads the team in rushing in the preseason with 15 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown. Austin Watkins Jr. leads the team in receiving in the preseason with 8 receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Browns are allowing an average of 16.5 points per game this season. Cleveland is allowing 232 total yards, 156.5 passing yards, and 82 rushing yards per game in the preseason.
Philadelphia Eagles Team Preview
The Philadelphia Eagles are 0-1 in the preseason after losing to the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 19-20 in week 1. The Eagles are 1-0 ATS in the preseason this year.
Offensively, Philadelphia is averaging 19 points per game in the preseason. The Eagles are averaging 335 total yards, 217 passing yards, and 154 rushing yards per game in the preseason this year. Tanner McKee leads the team in passing in the preseason completing 10 of 20 attempts for 148 yards. Rashaad Penny leads the team in rushing in the preseason with nine attempts for 34 yards. Tyre Cleveland leads the team in receiving in the preseason with five receptions for 68 yards.
Defensively, the Eagles are allowing an average of 20 points per game. Philadelphia is allowing an average of 272 total yards, 140 passing yards, and 133 rushing yards per game in the preseason.
Series Trends and Game Pick
Philadelphia has won five of the last six games in the series and has won by an average score of 27 to 18.83 while Cleveland is 4-2 ATS in those matchups. The Eagles have won two of the last three games in the series and have won by an average score of 21 to 16 while the Browns are 2-1 ATS in those contests.
The under is 3-2-1 in the last six games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 45.83 points per game in those contests. The under has hit in the last three games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 37 points per game in those matchups.
Philadelphia has been the better team in the series, winning five of the last six and two of the last three games, however, Cleveland has been the better team ATS going 4-2 ATS in the last six and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. As a result, I am taking the Cleveland Browns +4 on BookMaker for this matchup on Thursday night.
Spooky Express Pick: Cleveland Browns +4
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