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Browns vs Lions Betting Odds - Browns and Lions battle for 1st pick overall

Posted by Stan Simmons on 11/20/2009 11:24:16 AM
NFL linesThe Browns vs Lions betting odds will pit two of the worst teams in the leagues, and the loser will have the inside track for the No. 1 pick overall in the 2010 draft. The Browns are coming off a Monday night performance where they were shutout at home, while the Lions faced a blowout loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions have more talent and are exerting more effort nowadays, which is why online betting cappers should side with them.

Browns vs Lions betting odds: Lions -3.5
WHAT: NFL betting
WHEN: Sunday November 22nd – 1:00 PM ET
WHERE: Ford Field – Detroit, MI
KEY STAT: Browns have covered in last four situations as a road underdog of 3.5 to seven points
PICK: Lions -3.5, Over 38

Browns vs Lions betting odds maker breakdown: The Storyline
The Cleveland Browns have been horrendous this year, and are coming off an ugly performance where they were shutout at home in front of a national television audience. They made a switch at quarterback from Derek Anderson to Brady Quinn, and the results weren’t much better. After firing their general manager and having the players complain about the head coach, it’s pretty clear that the environment in Cleveland is not a healthy one right now.

For the Detroit Lions, they’ve at least been competitive this year, playing with Minnesota last week and leading in Seattle the week before. They’ve been making an effort for their head coach Jim Schwartz, and NFL betting sharps know that that may be all they need to make the difference in this game.

Betting Edge: Lions

Browns vs Lions betting odds maker breakdown: Offense
The Browns offense is pathetic right now. They have scored a total of nine points in the last three games and have scored six points or fewer in six of eight games. At this point, whether it’s Quinn or Anderson, the Browns don’t have a competent quarterback to speak of. Beyond that, they don’t even have weapons for that quarterback to use. This offense is one of the worst we’ve seen in a long time.

For the Lions, their struggles are more growing pains than anything else. They do have talent in players like Calvin Johnson, Kevin Smith and Brandon Pettigrew, but right now, quarterback Matt Stafford is struggling a bit. If Stafford can take care of the football in this game, then the Lions should have an excellent chance of winning.

Betting Edge: Lions

Browns vs Lions betting odds maker breakdown: Defense
The Browns defense is bad and they might be a little deflated after a quality Monday performance. The Browns defense actually showed up and shutout the Ravens for a half (basically had just two bad plays in the game). They might not be as fired up knowing that the offense won’t carry their load. Monday was an aberration for this unit, though, as they had allowed 27 points or more in their three previous contests.

Meanwhile, the Lions defense isn’t much better – they have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL – but the good news is that they’re going up against one of the worst offenses, period. The main focus of this defense has to be shutting down the Browns’ running game. If they don’t get yards on the ground then they will once again be toothless.

Betting Edge: Even

Browns vs Lions betting odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
The Browns have a couple of key injuries, the biggest being to right tackle John St. Clair. He’s dealing with a shoulder injury and is very questionable. The Browns also may be without Josh Cribbs, who has a neck injury, but he is more likely to play.

For the Lions, linebacker Ernie Sims isn’t likely to play, guard Stephen Peterman is out with an ankle injury, and safeties Kalvin Pearson and Marquand Manuel aren’t expected to play.

Betting Edge: Even

Browns vs Lions betting odds for total: 38
Both of these teams are brutal right now, but they should both find some success playing an evenly-matched squad. Both defenses are atrocious and both teams should be able to move the ball regularly – or regularly enough – to surpass 38 points.

Pick: Over 38

Browns vs Lions betting odds breakdown: Outlook and Pick
Safe to say that sportsbook players won’t be watching this game on Sunday, but there’s some value betting on it. The Lions are playing like they care a little more than the Browns right now, which should lead to a Lions win and cover.

STAN’S PICK: Lions -3.5

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