NFL Betting – Colt McCoy the Likely Starter for Cleveland this Week

December 1, 2010 NFL Football

The Cleveland Browns are big underdogs in NFL betting at Pittsburgh on Sunday and it doesn’t look good since the Browns will be starting a rookie at quarterback.

Colt McCoy is likely to get the start for the Browns at Pittsburgh on Sunday against the Steelers and their tough defense. The Steelers are a popular NFL bet this week at the Sbg global sportsbook even though they are laying two touchdowns.

Cleveland head coach Eric Mangini has said that McCoy has looked good in practice. With the injuries to Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme, the Browns have no other options other than going with the rookie.  McCoy was the starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorns last season and he was taken in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Browns.

Hope for Cleveland?  Is there any chance that McCoy can survive and play well against the top-ranked defense in the league?  The positives for McCoy are that he knows how to win (Most Wins in NCAA history with 45) and that he has more talent than either Wallace or Delhomme.  He does not have the experience though.  He will be facing a Pittsburgh defense that has allowed the fewest points in the league and the fourth-fewest yards per game. The Steelers have 11 sacks and 12 takeaways this season. The Browns were hoping to sit McCoy this season and let him learn behind Delhomme and Wallace but those plans have changed.

Big Value on the Browns – There is no question the value in this game with an NFL bet is on the Browns. They are getting two touchdowns which is a huge number in NFL betting.  And it is not like Wallace or Delhomme are great quarterbacks. Wallace was at least serviceable.  Delhomme has been a disaster. McCoy can’t be any worse than he was.

Pittsburgh and Ben Roethisberger – The Steelers will be getting Big Ben back for this game. He had to sit out the first four games of the season due to suspension but the Steelers went 3-1 without him.  Roethlisberger has had a lot of success against the Browns in his career, going 10-1 against them.  The Steelers will probably win on Sunday and most bettors will expect them to cover the big number since the Browns are starting a rookie at quarterback.

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