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Browns Lions Betting Tips – Cleveland Rookies Topple Lions

Posted by Tony Bryant on 8/8/2012 6:16:05 PM

The Cleveland Browns have finished with a winning sports betting record twice and have just one playoff appearance since joining the National Football League as an expansion team in 1999. New owner Jimmy Haslem III will do what it takes to invest in a winner, but it could take some time to build a legitimate contender in a division dominated by the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens over the years. The Browns open their preseason Friday at the Detroit Lions, where they will get their first look at rookie first round pick quarterback Brandon Weeden. At 28-years old, Weeden is the oldest player ever taken in the first round of the draft, and Cleveland wants him to be its starter immediately.

Cleveland Browns @ Detroit Lions
Friday August 10, 2012 – 7:30 PM ET
Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
NFL Betting Line: Detroit Lions -3

Weeden has gotten all of the first team reps ahead of second-year quarterback Colt McCoy, eliminating any possibility of a quarterback competition. Both quarterbacks should see significant playing time against the Lions, with Weeden attempting to learn the playbook under fire to be ready for week one of the regular season.

NFL Betting Preview: Cleveland Browns

Quarterback isn’t the only position that the Browns will debut a rookie first round pick at on Friday. That is if fourth-overall pick running back Trent Richardson is able to participate after missing practice this week to rest the knee he has surgically repaired in the offseason. Cleveland has six players in camp that were drafted in the first four rounds, and in addition to Weeden and Richardson there is also tackle Mitchell Scwartz and linebacker James-Michael Johnson that may be ready to start from day one. Wide receiver Travis Benjamin was taken in the fourth round to battle with Greg Little, Mohamed Massaquoi, and Josh Cribbs for snaps, and if the passing game is going to be successful this season then Weeden will need that group to step up.

NFL Betting Preview: Detroit Lions

After going from 0-16 to the playoffs in just three years under their new regime, the Lions are the perfect example of what the Browns want to do. Quarterback Matt Stafford developed in to a top-10 quarterback last season with the help of Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson, and Detroit would like to see second-round pick Ryan Broyles emerge in camp as another key piece to the offense. Most of the starting spots on the Lions’ roster are already set, although first round pick offensive tackle Riley Reiff is still pushing for a starting job. Detroit drafted three cornerbacks in 2012, and with the dismissal of Aaron Berry there is potential for either Dwight Bentley or Chris Greenwood to jump in to sub-packages or challenge for a starting spot immediately.

NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

McCoy has spoken out about the lack of a quarterback competition in camp, and his best way to get out of town is to have a successful audition this preseason. With Weeden looking to prove he is the clear No. 1 option, McCoy auditioning for a job elsewhere, and Seneca Wallace working to prevent the Browns from considering him an afterthought, this sportsbook contest will mean much more to Cleveland than to the Lions.

NFL Betting Pick: Cleveland Browns


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