Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns - 8/23/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Philadelphia Eagles (16-3) at Cleveland Browns (0-16)
NFL Football: Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 8:00 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)
The Line: Cleveland Browns +2 -- Over/Under: 42 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns will be facing off in NFL Preseason action on Thursday from FirstEnergy Stadium.
Philadelphia is coming off an incredible season in which they got all the way to the top of the mountain for a Super Bowl Championship. After finishing 13-3 and in first place in the NFC East, the Eagles took out the Falcons, Vikings and Patriots in the postseason to bag their first Super Bowl win in franchise history.
So far this year, the Eagles are 0-2 in the preseason. Philly recorded a loss to the Steelers in the opener 31-14, then fell to the Patriots 37-20. In that New England game, Eagles QB Nate Sudfeld looked pretty darn good with a 22-of-39 line for three touchdowns and one pick.
Cleveland has nowhere to go but up in 2018, as they completed a miserable 2017 campaign at 0-16. The Browns earned the dubious distinction of the only team to go 0-16 besides the 2008 Detroit Lions.
In this year’s preseason, the Browns are 1-1, following a 20-10 win over the Giants and a 19-17 loss to the Bills. In the Buffalo matchup, Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb combined for 117 yards on 20 carries for a pair of rushing touchdowns.
The Eagles are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games on grass and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall. Philly is 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games and the over is 17-4 in their last 21 road games.
Meanwhile, the Browns are 5-2 ATS in their last seven Thursday games and 7-16-1 ATS in their last 24 games on grass. Cleveland is also 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall and 7-21 ATS in their last 28 home games.
The NFL preseason is always a sketchy thing to try and predict, as teams really don’t show too much in the way of schemes or bread-and-butter plays since the games don’t mean anything. That said, the third week is always the best time to get a handle on what teams have got, as we’ll likely see the starters in for an extended period. With the QB play and playbook familiarity the Eagles have, I am going to have to go with Philly here.