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NFL Betting Preview: Cleveland Browns vs. Washington Commanders

August 11, 2023


The Washington Commanders finished last season with a record of 8-8-1 which led to a 4th place finish in the NFC East and missing the playoffs for the 2nd consecutive season.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns are 1-0 in the preseason after defeating the New York Jets in the Hall of Fame Game by a score of 21-16.

BookMaker has the Cleveland Browns listed as 3-point favorites at home against the Washington Commanders and has set the total for the over/under plays at 38 points. Will the Browns start the preseason off 2-0 or will the Commanders get the win on the road? Let’s take a deeper dive into how these teams performed. 

Washington Commanders Team Preview

The Washington Commanders finished in last place in the NFC East and missed the playoffs for the 2nd consecutive season with a record of 8-8-1. The Commanders finished last season 8-8-1 ATS overall, 4-4 ATS on the road, and 4-4-1 ATS as an underdog last season.

Offensively, the Washington Commanders ranked 24th in the NFL in scoring with an average of 18.88 points per game. Washington ranked 12th in rushing yards with an average of 126.06 rushing yards per game. The Commanders ranked 21st in passing yards per game with an average of 204.24 passing yards.

Defensively, the Commanders ranked 8th in the NFL in points against with an average of 20.18 points allowed per game. Washington ranked 11th in rushing yards allowed with an average of 113.35 rushing yards allowed per game. The Washington Commanders ranked 4th in passing yards allowed per game with an average of 191.29 passing yards.

Cleveland Browns Team Preview

The Cleveland Browns are 1-0 in the preseason after defeating the New York Jets by a score of 21-16 in the Hall of Fame games. The Browns are 1-0 ATS overall in the NFL Preseason this year.

Offensively, the Cleveland Browns are averaging 21 points per game in the preseason. Cleveland is averaging 174 passing yards and 172 rushing yards per game in the preseason. Kellen Mond leads the team in passing in the preseason completing 13 of 19 passes for 92 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Demetric Felton leads the team in rushing in the preseason with seven carries for 46 yards and a touchdown. Cedric Tillman leads the team in receiving catching two of three targets for 35 yards.

Defensively, the Browns are allowing an average of 16 points per game in the preseason. The Cleveland Browns are allowing an average of 135 passing yards and 53 rushing yards per game in the preseason.

Series Trends and Game Pick

Both teams are 3-3 in the last six games in the series, however, Cleveland has won by an average score of 21.17 to 21 while going 4-2 ATS in those matchups. The Browns have won two of the last three games in the series and have won by an average score of 26 to 20.33 while going 2-1 ATS in those contests.

The total is 3-3 in the last six games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 42.17 points per game in those contests. The over has hit in two of the last three games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 46.33 points per game in those matchups.

Cleveland is the more talented team and has been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the last three games. The Browns are 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 -3 on BookMaker for this matchup on Friday.

Spooky Express Pick: Cleveland Browns -3