NFL Betting: Cleveland Browns vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Cleveland Browns vs. Philadelphia Eagles NFL Week 1 Odds and Preview

As of this writing, the Cleveland Browns are 0-3 in the preseason, while the Philadelphia Eagles are 3-0. Surely, that should in good theory make the latter the NFL betting favorite when they host the former at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, September 11th. Just in case, here are the odds for people who would like to do some online football betting on that game:

Browns +6 (-115) 43 (-110)
Eagles -6 (-105) 43 (-110)

This match-up is notable because it will mark Robert Griffin III’s comeback (I hate that word. It’s a return) to a starting QB spot, this time with the Browns. In his most recent season as an active player (2014), RG3 went 147 of 214 (68.6%) in 9 regular season games for 1694 passing yards and 4 TDs – a stark contrast with his first two 3000+ yard, double-digit touchdown seasons in the league. Griffin is 3-2 in his career versus the Eagles, against whom he has thrown for 1,221 yards with 10 touchdown passes and five interceptions. In addition to a new QB, the Browns also have a new head coach in former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who has been Griffin’s biggest supporter.

NFL betting fans may note a few similarities between the Browns and the Eagles. The Philadelphia team also has a new coach, Doug Pederson – a familiar face, having the Eagles quarterbacks coach in 2011-2012. Philly happens to have a new QB as well, he second overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft Carson Wentz. However, as third-string quarterback, Master Wentz will be watching from the sidelines and learning from his elders on the gridiron, specifically starting QB Sam Bradford. The 28 year old playmaker missed the 2014 season with an injury but returned with a vengeance, completing 346 passes of 532 attempts (65%) for 3,725 yards and 19 TDs – the most and second-most of his career, respectively (could that be another similarity? Can Griffin have the best season of his career yet following a full year of no setting foot on the gridiron?).

On the other hand, Bradford threw 14 interceptions, also the second most of his pro career. That’s something Eagles NFL betting fans hope he has worked on, lest he ends up helping the Browns defense to create turnovers – help which it does need, what with the newfound aggressiveness they have shown under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton, and the Philly having lost running back DeMarco Murray. Last season, Murray did post his lowest numbers since 2012, but the Eagles may have wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt and chalk it up to a transitional period. They still have Jordan Mathews, though; one of the best wide receivers in the NFL who registered 85 catches for 997 receiving yards and 8 TDs. And defensively, DE Fletcher Cox should lead an improving defense. Cox had 71 tackles in 2015 (50 solo and 21 assisted) and 9.5 sacks. And Malcolm Jenkins is among the top defensive backs in the league – last year he recorded 109 tackles (90 solo and 19 assisted).