2018 NFL Betting Preseason Cleveland Browns vs.  New York Giants Odds

New Look Giants Bet on NFL Home Favorites vs. Browns

August 8, 2018 NFL Football, Sportsbook

After a catastrophic 3-13 season the Giants knew they had to make wholesale changes.  While standby quarterback Eli Manning remains, few other familiar faces are still in blue.  Likewise, there is a new Giants head coach in Pat Shurmur.  Shurmur was a successful offensive coordinator at Minnesota.  Encompassing Minnesota’s improvement was his offensive prowess.  Thus, he became an attractive head coach prospect.  Shurmur is tasked with getting one last title run out of Manning. Consequently, Manning may feel relieved to have a new voice.  Meanwhile Cleveland is the most unappealing team to bet on NFL games with.

Cleveland Browns vs.  New York Giants

Date and Time:  Thursday, August 9, 2018, 7 p.m. ET

Location:  MetLife Stadium, Meadowlands, New Jersey

NFL Betting Online Odds at SBG:

Team Spread Total
Browns +2 (-115) 34½ (-110)
Giants -2 (-105) 34½ (-110)
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Cleveland Browns vs. New York Giants TV Coverage:  NFL Network

Cleveland

It is true that Cleveland has nowhere to go but up after going 0-16 in 2017.  In view of that there were some positive offseason developments.  Commencing with top draft pick Baker Mayfield there is hope for fans to cling to.  To begin with Mayfield was a Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma last year.  Definitely he is considered a Bet on NFL asset.  Equally important is that he may prove to be the savior of the franchise.  Even so as a rookie Mayfield has much to learn.  And he should get plenty of on the job training in preseason.

Management Changes

Regardless of the 0-16 record last year head coach Hue Jackson returns.  But new general manager John Dorsey will not hesitate to make changes if improvement stalls.  Most important of all was that owner Jimmy Haslam doesn’t have to write another big check.  Specifically, he has had to pay a lot of money to former failed employees.   To differentiate Dorsey made several good personnel improvements in the offseason.

New York

Conversely for New York they have the experienced Manning under center.  However, a massive roster remake will keep them busy in preseason.  Accordingly, a new head coach adds to the learning curve.  Many sportsbook online handicappers say the Giants are in a rebuilding year.  Contrary to that are the opinions of Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman.  Indeed, they are adamant about making a playoff run.

Team vs Team

As an example of the Browns woes with the betting public is their preseason road results.  Cleveland has covered just seven out of 20 in that role.  Additionally, just one of their last 10 away exhibitions went over the total.  Concurrently New York has covered just three of their last ten home preseason games.  Additionally, just three of their last 10 home exhibitions went over the total.  Last year the Browns scored a 10-6 preseason win over the Giants.  Initially Cleveland was a two-point home dog.  And the game went under the total.

Matchup to Watch                   

Admittedly Cleveland is still a Bet on NFL mess.  While the Giants are also in transition they have more going for them.  As mentioned earlier the Browns are a terrible away preseason team.

Browns vs. Giants NFL games Betting Odds Pick

In sum the Giants should get the Shurmur era off to a good start.

NFL Betting Online Pick: New York Giants

NFL Betting Online Score Prediction:  Giants 20, Browns 13

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