Detroit Lions (0-3) at Cleveland Browns (2-1)
7:30pm ET, FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland
Odds: Line: CLE -5.5 (-110), O/U 34 (-111)
The Detroit Lions will be traveling to FirstEnergy Stadium to take on the Browns in the final preseason game for each team this Thursday night. The Browns have already announced that they will not be playing any starters on Thursday, and all signs point to the Lions following suit. Don’t expect any superstar names to take the field as both teams are just looking to fill out their final roster spots, more so the Lions. Vegas is projecting that the game will be a close one that doesn’t rack up too many points.
The Lions have yet to win a preseason game this year, and their luck doesn't seem keen on turning this Thursday. For active bettors this preseason, betting against the Lions has been a profitable venture as Detroit is 1-6 straight up and against the spread in matchups since Matt Patricia took the reigns. And while QB, Matt Stafford completed 12 for 19 passes against the Bills last week, he will be sidelined for the final preseason game as QB Tom Savage looks to get healthy and Josh Johnson will seek to prove his place on the roster. Johnson is expected to get most of the action on Thursday night.
The Lions have some sparks on the offensive end in RB Mark Thompson who notched up 34 yards on eight carries last week while WR T.J. Hockenson had 52 receiving yards on three catches. The Detroit defense is another story. Over the past six preseason games, the Lions have allowed each team to rack up at least 24 points per contest, and gave up 21 first downs to the Bills last week. Detroit is 5-11 ATS in their last sixteen Thursday night games.
While we won’t be seeing Baker Mayfield or Odell Beckham Jr. taking the field this Thursday, we may get a glimpse of some household names. Browns’ head coach, Freddie Kitchens wouldn’t specify if Kareem Hunt will play or not, but this will be his last chance at some game action before he starts serving his eight-game suspension once the regular season starts.
Regardless, the Browns are looking solid, after posting a one-point loss last week to the Buccaneers in their only preseason loss so far this year. For their final preseason matchup, QB Drew Stanton will get some quality reps as he looks to secure his backup role over Garret Gilbert. Defensively, the Browns are looking solid in the preseason. Sheldrick Redwine led the team with five tackles last week with Olivier Vernon had two sacks. Cleveland is holding teams to just 13.6 points in their first three preseason games, while only allowing 19 points or less in the last seven preseason matchups.
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