Free NFL Preseason Week 4 Pick- Cleveland at Detroit
The Cleveland Browns are a slight 2.5 road favorite against the Detroit Lions in a slated 7 p.m. start at Ford Field. The final round of NFL preseason games is set for this tonight. The Browns and Lions are one of the NFL Networks featured games.
BetAnySports has set the total line for this game at 35.5 points.
Last year’s Cleveland was a perfect 4-0 through the preseason. That was both straight-up and against the spread. They followed that up with 16 losses in the regular season. With Pittsburgh coming to town on opening day, ending that losing streak may have to wait.
In the meantime, the Browns will try and finish this preseason on a winning note. They have gone 2-1 SU and ATS in their first three games. The total stayed UNDER in all three contests with the offense averaging just 14.0 points per game.
The big story in Cleveland this preseason has been the play of Baker Mayfield at quarterback. He went first overall in this year’s draft. The results have been mixed. If left the door open for veteran Tyrod Taylor as the team’s starter when the regular season does get underway.
Neither player had much success last Thursday in the Browns’ 5-0 grinder against Philadelphia. The Browns covered as three-point home favorites.
Lions Will be Getting Ready for Tough NFC North
The Lions should have their hands full in the NFC North with Green Bay and Minnesota. They posted a 9-7 SU record in 2017. They are off to a 1-2 start both SU and ATS this preseason. This is after getting past Tampa Bay 33-30 in Week 3.
Detroit closed that game as a 2.5-point road underdog with BetAnySports. The total went well OVER the 43-point line. Going back to last season, the Lions beat the Browns 38-24 in mid-November as 10.5-point favorites at home.
Matthew Stafford will most likely carry the clipboard on Thursday night. This will give backup Matt Cassel a few more reps running the Lions’ offense. Stafford completed nine of his 18 passing attempts against Tampa Bay for 113 yards. It was his first extended action in the preseason.
Cassel added another 60 yards and one touchdown through the air in that game. The biggest takeaway from that game was veteran running back LeGarrette Blount rushing for 45 yards on 11 carries.
With most of the starters sitting this one out, betting on the outcome all comes down to team depth. That gives the clear betting edge to the Lions only giving up 2.5 points at home.
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