Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns: Preview and Pick
5 Replies | 388 ViewsOn 09/30/2013 04:24 PM in NFL
The National Football League will put a spotlight on two storied franchises for Thursday night football when Buffalo Bills and the Cleveland Browns face off on the gridiron. Both teams were not expected to compete this season but have had some impressive victories early in the season.
Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns Odds
The NFL betting line for this game opened up with the Browns listed as (-3.5) point favorites after an impressive win against the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite that victory the early betting money is coming in on the Buffalo Bills, perhaps, because they too had an impressive win. Currently 65 percent of the early wagering is on the Bills. Although the public is on the Bills the line has actually moved in favor of the Browns and can now be found at (-4.5) at some of the top rated online sportsbooks found at Bang the Book.com.
Both of these teams are off impressive victories in week four, but the Browns may have had the better victory as they beat division opponent and rival. For the second week in a row, the Browns rushed effectively enough to open up play action- Brian Hoyer was 8-of-11 for 64 yards and a touchdown on play-action passes.
The Browns have averaged 96.0 yards per game (4.1 yards per rush) since the Richardson trade and Weeden injury, after averaging 56 yards in Cleveland's first two games (3.4 yards per rush). The sky is the limit for the Browns as they are riding a wave of momentum.
The Bills are being led by a rookie at quarterback and a stout defense. This is the same defense that forced Joe Flacco to toss five interceptions in the win. That same defense will be eager to get after Hoyer and the rest of the Browns offense when they take to the field on Thursday night. EJ Manuel will have to try and beat a tough Browns defense with two banged up running backs in Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller.
The latest NFL trends for this game reveal some excellent betting angles leaving up to kickoff. Buffalo is 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last 5 games on the road and 2-5-1 straight up in its last 8 games. The Browns are 2-3-1 straight up in its last 6 games at home. The total has gone under in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games on the road and the total has gone under in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games when playing Cleveland.
Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.