Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Browns - 8/9/14
Cleveland Browns (4-12) at Detroit Lions (7-9)
NFL Football: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Detroit Lions -2.5 -- Over/Under: 37 See the Latest Odds
The Browns and Lions square off at Ford Field on Saturday as both teams continue their preparation for the upcoming NFL season.
The Browns have stolen a ton of headlines this offseason through the draft and their off field troubles thanks in large part to Johnny Manziel and Josh Gordon, respectively. Taking the former Heisman Trophy winner was a no brainer for the Browns but it came a little later than everyone expected but kudos to the Browns for waiting as they grabbed a ridiculous talent in Justin Gilbert at eight and Manziel at 22. While the starter’s battle will be one to follow in this game and throughout the beginning of the Browns’ season you can bet that the Cleveland faithful will be calling for Brian Hoyer’s head if he doesn’t have a monster start and I feel like it is only a matter of time before we see the Moneymaker behind centre in the Dog Pound. Donte Whitner and Joe Haden make up one of the best corner tandems in the league and the addition of Karlos Dansby is big for the Browns but it is their offense that will struggle and whether they will have enough in the tank without Josh Gordon remains to be seen.
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The Lions continue to be in that state of limbo in the NFC North as they fell back a step last year after looking like a playoff team on paper and now with the Bears and Packers improving and getting key pieces back they’ll have to step up once again to remain competitive. Detroit is still loaded offensively and added Eric Ebron in the draft and with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell anchoring the run game I think it’ll give plenty of options for Matt Stafford down field where he can find some guy names Calvin Johnson. Unfortunately for the Leos I don’t think they have enough to keep pace with the Bears or Packers this season despite showing such promise over the last few years. As for this contest you can’t expect a lot of minutes from either team’s starters and as such I think it takes away the two best units in this game being the Lions offense and the Browns defense. As such, I think this total is a little low and with Manziel likely to get some time later in the game I think he and the Browns can do enough to keep this one competitive and I see this going over the number.