Browns vs. Giants Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 1 Odds, Prediction

Jeremy Perry | Updated Aug 06, 2018

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The Cleveland Browns and New York Giants are set to go head-to-head on Thursday night as they start their preseasons.

Cleveland
7-8
AT
August 09, 2018, 7:00 PM ET
MetLife Stadium
Pointspread 0 -110
Moneyline -120
Over / Under o +35.5
Pointspread 0 -110
Moneyline +100
Over / Under u +35.5

These were the two worst teams in the NFL last season, which is why they ended up selecting No. 1 and No. 2 at the 2018 NFL Draft. However, after the two teams combined for just three wins last season, both have had positive offseasons and are viewed as strong rebound candidates. We’ll get our first look at the teams and all of the changes they’ve made this Thursday night.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Hue Jackson and Pat Shurmur are the two head coaches in this matchup but neither provides compelling evidence as to how much they care about these preseason games. On one hand, you have Jackson, who has been a head coach for three seasons now (one in Oakland, two in Cleveland). Although the Browns were a perfect 4-0 last preseason, Jackson’s teams hadn’t won a single preseason game (0-8) before that.

As for Shurmur, he also previously head coached the Browns and his teams went 3-5 in the preseason. It’s hard to say whether either coach will really care about this contest or whether they’ll just try to get through it healthy.

Cleveland Browns

We’re not exactly sure of the rotations just yet but on paper, the Browns definitely have more depth in this matchup at the key positions.

At quarterback, the Browns have Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton, who are two veteran passers that have made plenty of starts in their careers. We might not see much of Taylor and while Stanton is a career backup, he should do fine against backups in the preseason. Somewhere in between we’ll get our first look at Baker Mayfield, who is the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. As far as preseason is concerned, that’s a decent trio.

The Browns also have depth at running back too with Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb vying for first-string carries. Duke Johnson, who is a proven asset, probably won’t play much but he’s also in there somewhere.

At wide receiver, although the Browns just traded away Corey Coleman, they still have some experienced pass catches in Jarvis Landry, Jeff Janis, David Njoku, Darren Fells and Seth DeValve, and some youngsters they’re going to take a look at, like Antonio Callaway.

Their rotation looks much better than what the Giants will put out.

New York Giants

The Giants have a shaky quarterback rotation (for preseason purposes) as we likely won’t see much of Eli Manning. Behind him is Davis Webb and virtually no one else. Webb was 18-of-34 with no touchdowns or interceptions last preseason. At wide receiver, don’t expect to see much of Odell Beckham Jr. or Sterling Shepard, which leaves the cupboard bare.

At running back, the Giants do have Saquon Barkley, Jonathan Stewart and Wayne Gallman, which is a good rotation if the first two play their parts. Otherwise, it looks like the Browns rotation is the one that’s stronger on paper.

Browns vs. Giants Prediction

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