Fade the Browns & Make Bills Your NFL Pick at Plus Odds

Nikki Adams

Thursday, August 20, 2015 7:48 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 7:48 PM UTC

The Buffalo Bills look to record their first win of the NFL preseason when they take on the Cleveland Browns in week 2. Find out what NFL odds are currently trading and what NFL picks we’re spotting.

Buffalo Bills Drop Preseason Opener
Buffalo Bills failed to win their preseason home opener, succumbing to the Panthers 25-24 at the tail end of the game. The loss denied new coach Rex Ryan a positive start to his tenure in Buffalo last Friday. This week Ryan and his Bills will look to bounce back at the expense of the fancied Cleveland Browns, who are installed as the 3-point home favorites.

It was a rather disheartening loss for the Bills, who had the lead up to the last minute only for Joe Webb, third-string quarterback, to rally the Panthers to a victory by setting up a touchdown and hitting a two-point conversion.

On the bright side, the Bills got good production from Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor. Cassel went 7 for 8 and 45 yards in two series while EJ Manuel went 4 of 8 for 77 yards and a touchdown. Taylor, meanwhile, went 5 of 8 for 49 yards and rushed for 47 yards in six carries.

That said such efficient production is only going to fuel the quarterback battle in Buffalo. As it is, word is that Taylor will start against the Browns. Cleveland’s defense is no slouch so it will be an interesting measure of Taylor’s quality, as well as the rest of the quarterback carousel, assuming they all get a turn on the field.


Johnny Manziel and Josh McCown Look Good In Preseason Opener
Ha. Good. There’s an adjective that didn’t come into consideration where this pair of quarterbacks was concerned last season. Yet, one game into the preseason and each one got a chance to parade his wares on the field with a measure of success. McCown, who appears to be the projected starting quarterback in Cleveland, went a perfect 5 of 5 for 33 yards and a two-yard touchdown. Johnny Manziel, meanwhile, scored a touchdown on a 12-yard run. Thankfully, he saved us from the cringing money sign celebration at the side lines.

Despite the positive production by both quarterbacks, Cleveland succumbed to the defeat in their season opener as the Panthers edged them out 20-17. It was one of few blots on an otherwise positive season opener for the Cleveland Browns, who are looking to build on a modest 2014-2015 season and compete in a very tough AFC North division.

It’s going to be interesting to see how well this pair fares against a very strong Bills defense. Especially, one that dropped the ball so to speak last week and will be looking to make amends to Rex Ryan.


NFL Betting Verdict:
Last season, McCown went 1-10 as a starter for the Buccaneers while Manziel was simply underwhelming in his brief stint as a starter, particularly against the Bengals when they decimated the Browns 30-0 in week 15 NFL betting. Is one game in the NFL preseason enough to buy what they are selling? Enough to bank on the Cleveland Browns to come away with the cover as the 3-point home faves? The resounding answer: no.

The Browns have home edge and they’ll be looking to bounce back in week 2 NFL betting, which is partly why they are favored on the NFL odds board. But the Bills strike a more convincing pose in our opinion and their defense has the edge on paper. They are sure to ride roughshod over the Browns and really take it to McCown and Manziel, who were rather vulnerable last season. McCown was sacked 36 times last season.

It’s worth mentioning that the wave of public betting appears to be in line with the odds makers, with 52 % backing the Browns on their NFL picks. We, on the other hand, are fading the public and shading the Bills as the 3-point underdogs on our NFL picks. Where are you putting your money?

NFL Picks: Bills +3 at BetOnline

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