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

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 01, 2019

Dwayne Haskins

We will have one head-coaching debut and also the first game in the NFL for a touted rookie quarterback on Thursday night when Washington visits Cleveland in Week 1 of the pre-season.

August 08, 2019, 7:30 PM ET
FirstEnergy Stadium
Pointspread +1.5 -110
Moneyline +108
Over / Under o +35
Pointspread -1.5 -110
Moneyline -130
Over / Under u +35

Keep in mind that most projected starters for any NFL team will not play much in Week 1 of the pre-season and not at all in Week 4. Some coaches are now simply sitting their star players the entire pre-season.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

As for Washington and the Browns, they will not face off this regular season – it can be important if teams do because then game plans will be made even more simple so as to not give any hints as to what might be coming when games count. These teams have played four pre-season games this century and not since 2015 when Washington was a 20-17 road winner. Washington has won all four.

This will be the NFL head coaching debut of Cleveland’s Freddie Kitchens, who somewhat surprisingly got the top job this off-season even though he had no head coaching experience and was only an offensive coordinator for about half of last season.

Washington is 12-8 straight up (11-9 against the spread) under Coach Jay Gruden in exhibition games. The Skins were 1-3 last year.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins will be one of the more interesting teams to watch in the pre-season because they have a legitimate quarterback battle between first-round rookie Dwayne Haskins, the No. 15 overall pick out of Ohio State, and veterans Case Keenum and Colt McCoy. Only McCoy has taken a regular-season snap for Washington as he replaced starter Alex Smith late last season when Smith went down with a very serious broken leg that will keep him out all of 2019 and maybe end his career. McCoy then broke his leg after a few games, although not as serious.

Keenum was acquired this off-season from the Broncos for a late-round draft pick. Most believe one of the veterans wins the job, but expect Haskins to play the most this week and all pre-season because he’s so raw. Washington remains without one of its best players in Pro Bowl offensive tackle Trent Williams. He has demanded a trade because of an issue with the team doctors from last year. One team very interested in Williams? Cleveland.

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland hasn’t made the playoffs since 2002 or finished with a winning record since 2007, but the Browns are a “chic” pick to reach their first-ever Super Bowl after closing strong in 2018 and finishing 7-8-1. Baker Mayfield had a fabulous first season and finished second to Saquon Barkley for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. The Browns also traded for superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the Giants this off-season and signed 2017 NFL rushing king Kareem Hunt, formerly of the Chiefs. Hunt is suspended the first eight games of this season but he can play in the pre-season.