Wednesday, August 14, 2013

NFL Preseason Predictions 2013: Lions vs Browns

Detroit Lions vs Cleveland Browns: Over 41.5 (Pinnacle)

Market Watch

When lines were released earlier this week it didn't take long for people to take the 'over'. An opening line of
40.5 has been pushed up to 41.5, and there are some signs that this number could go higher before we reach kickoff.

Who do people think will win this game? The game opened as a 'pick em', which means the Browns are not being given much credit for playing at home. In fact, a line like this suggests that the Lions are the team to beat here, but essentially this one comes down to a coin flip.

FULL ANALYSIS

Bottom Line

Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell might not leap off the page at you, but at least this has "competition" stamped on the surface. Weeden certaintly won't want to have a dud of a game to breath any life into the media. It also helps that they have a strong offensive mind in Norv Turner leading the way this year.

The quarterbacks for Detroit should also have ample opportunity to take their shots downfield against a highly suspect Browns secondary. The Lions like to win these games and put a high premium on execution, while the Browns are a young team with a new coaching staff looking to improve.

What it all adds up to is a nice situation to bank on the 'over'.

NFL Pick: Over 41.5 (-105).