New Orleans Saints (7-9) at Cleveland Browns (1-15)
NFL Football: Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)
The Line: Cleveland Browns 0 -- Over/Under: 39 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The new look New Orleans Saints take to the field for the first time this preseason as they face off against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.
The Saints look to make a splash in their first action of the NFL preseason as they take on the perennial league doormat in Cleveland on Thursday night and football fans will get their first look at Adrian Peterson in gold and black for the first time as the long time Minnesota Vikings back signed with the Saints in the offseason. New Orleans has one of the league’s most explosive offenses led by Drew Brees and while they are without Brandin Cooks this season who was traded to the New England Patriots they still have Michael Thomas who is due for a massive breakout and the likes of Willie Snead capable of making big plays as well. New Orleans needs their defense to step up this season though if they’re going to have any shot at winning the NFC South division and get back to the playoffs, and while they have some pieces capable of doing so I am not sold on the unit as a whole heading into the season.
The Browns meanwhile enter another NFL season as a team looking to get back to relevance as their quarterback carousel continues to revolve and this time it is former Broncos and Texans pivot Brock Osweiler in charge of leading the turnaround. Cleveland made some nice moves in the draft by selecting Myles Garrett and Jabrill Peppers but they are still a ways off from competing with the league’s dominant teams in the AFC and while it is almost certain they will surpass their dismal one victory campaign from a year ago it is tough to fathom they will do a whole lot more given the resources at their disposal this season. Cleveland is atrocius against the spread as well which makes it even more difficult to understand how or why they are favoured against anybody despite this one being in Cleveland and most of New Orleans’ big guns will be sidelined.
The Saints are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 overall while the Browns are 1-8 ATS in their last nine home games and 5-20-1 in their last 26 overall ATS. The Saints will have very few if any snaps with their full roster on offense which will provide some incentive for their defense to step up while the Browns are just a mess and they can’t score. This one should stay under the number.