Browns vs. Colts Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 2 Odds, Prediction

Jeremy Perry | Updated Aug 12, 2019

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The Cleveland Browns head in to Week 2 looking to build off an excellent preseason start when they visit the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.

August 17, 2019, 4:00 PM ET
Lucas Oil Stadium
Pointspread +4 -111
Moneyline +159
Over / Under o +41
Pointspread -4 -109
Moneyline -191
Over / Under u +41

The new-look Cleveland Browns set the tone for the 2019 season with a 30-10 win over the Washington Redskins in Week 1 of the preseason. Baker Mayfield and company came out with a no-huddle, high-tempo offense from the outset and didn’t let up until the game was out of reach.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Freddie Kitchens is trying to build a winning culture as a first-time head coach in Cleveland. The fact that he put Mayfield in the game in the opener and let him play an aggressive drive gives us an indication that he cares about these games.

Colts head coach Frank Reich has to understand the mindset of Kitchens after leading his team to a 3-1 record in exhibition play as a first-time head coach a year ago. Indianapolis might not have the same motivation heading into a second round of preseason games under Reich. The Colts were mostly lifeless last week as they scored 13 of their 16 points in the final frame.

Cleveland Browns

Mayfield set the tone for the exhibition season by completing 5-of-6 pass attempts for 77 yards and a touchdown in the win over Washington. Mayfield should see a similar workload in Week 2 against Indianapolis with a real possibility he plays another series or two. The good news for anybody betting on Cleveland is that Garrett Gilbert looked solid in their preseason opener. He went 14-of-22 for 135 yards. With Gilbert, Drew Stanton and David Blough competing for the backup quarterback job, the Browns have good depth at the position.

The Cleveland defense dominated the Redskins with three interceptions including a pick-six off rookie quarterback Dwyane Haskins. The Browns want to be aggressive on that side of the football. Look for that to continue this week against the Colts.

Indianapolis Colts

With Luck watching from the sidelines, Jacoby Brissett, Chad Kelly and Phillip Walker shared the snaps in the loss to the Bills. Brissett went just 2-of-5 for 21 yards in limited action. Kelly actually delivered the best performance of the trio by completing 13-of-19 pass attempts for 121 yards. He also ran for 53 yards and a touchdown on four touches. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he got a longer look this week as many people have felt that the troubled (off-field issues) quarterback is very talented.

The Colts actually have plenty of depth at running back but they held it back last week. As a result, their ground game was held in check. Aca’cedric Ware and Jonathan Williams were held to just 49 yards on 16 carries versus Buffalo.

It just feels like the Browns are going to care more about this game than the Colts. Indy looks like they won’t be as aggressive.