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Cleveland Browns vs Philadelphia Eagles 8/17/2023 Expert Picks, Tips and Odds

Cleveland (7-10 last season) vs Philadelphia (16-3 last year)

Cleveland Browns vs Philadelphia Eagles Aug 17, 2023 — Commencing the third preseason match for the Cleveland Browns, they found themselves on the field once again. Unfortunately, they were unable to secure a victory on their home turf against the Commanders, succumbing to a 17-15 defeat last Friday. This outcome followed their earlier triumph over the Jets in the annual Hall of Fame game in Canton, where they emerged victorious with a score of 21-16. The Browns had a challenging year in 2022, concluding with a modest 7-10 record. Their preseason performance in the preceding season stood at 1-2.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson, renowned for his standout seasons with UCLA, exhibited remarkable prowess during the preseason clashes. In the event that Josh Dobbs continues to face difficulties, the rookie QB, who achieved an impressive 80% completion rate with 184 yards, might be chosen as the backup for the starting position.

Bringing a wealth of experience, Marcus Mariota, a former starter for multiple seasons, stands as one of the premier backup quarterbacks in the NFL and is currently available through the Eagles. In the previous week, this seasoned passer completed 7 out of 11 throws, amassing a total of 58 yards. Following them on the depth charts are Tanner McKee and Ian Book. Notably, Book, a 25-year-old quarterback selected in the fourth round of the 2021 draft, has participated in a mere 135 regular-season games, accumulating a total of 135 passing yards. Last week’s game in Baltimore saw Tanner McKee predominantly on the field, completing 10 of 20 passes for a total of 148 yards.

Cleveland Browns vs Philadelphia Eagles Game Info

Time: 7:30 PM ET.

Date: Thursday, August 17, 2023

Location: Lincoln Financial Field, PA

TV: NFL Network

Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson and Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts

With Deshaun Watson expected to take the starting role in the opening game, the Cleveland Browns are set for a competition to determine their backup quarterbacks. While Kellen Mond and Dorian Thompson-Robinson will have the chance to progress on the depth chart, the leading contender for the backup position appears to be Joshua Dobbs. Over the course of two preseason games, Mond showcased his skills by amassing 171 passing yards.

Claiming the first victory in the preseason would hold advantages for the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite their 20-19 loss on the road to the Ravens in the previous week, where they were considered 5.5-point underdogs, securing a win would provide a boost. The Eagles have experienced a drop in performance, losing three out of their last four exhibition matches. Notably, no quarterback competition is taking place in the Eagles’ training camp. In the prior week, Jalen Hurts did not participate in any games. Undoubtedly one of the premier quarterbacks in the league, Hurts might make appearances in a few series during the preseason.   

Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland Browns +4, Total Odds: 37.5

Under the guidance of head coach Kevin Stefanski, the Cleveland Browns are performing admirably in the preseason, boasting a solid 5-2 record. Meanwhile, Nick Sirianni, who leads the Eagles, has encountered challenges with a 1-5 record across his six preseason games. The Eagles faced a setback with a road loss to the Ravens in the past week. Sirianni’s approach to exhibition games isn’t always solely focused on winning.

Following their triumph over the Jets in the Hall of Fame game, the Browns have participated in one more preseason matchup than the Eagles. This additional game is viewed as an advantage for Cleveland. 

Building on their previous performance where they held the Commanders to just 17 points, the Browns’ defense continues to excel. They have conceded a mere 16 and 17 points in their first two preseason games, respectively. Dorian Thompson-Robinson, a rookie quarterback for the Browns, is in contention with Deshaun Watson for the backup position. His standout performance includes an impressive 80% completion rate, resulting in 184 passing yards across two games.

Cleveland Browns Betting Trends

  • Cleveland is 2-9 SU in their last 11 games with the Eagles.
  • The Cleveland Browns are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games on the road.
  • The Browns are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on the road against Philadelphia.
  • The total remained  UNDER in 5 of Cleveland’s last 5 games against an opponent in the National Football Conference.

Philadelphia Eagles Betting Trends

  • The total stayed UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 7 matches with the Browns.
  • The total remained UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 home games.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games with Cleveland.
  • The total went OVER in 10 of Philadelphia’s last 11 games against an opponent in the American Football Conference.

Cleveland Browns vs Philadelphia Eagles Betting Trends

Cleveland Browns vs Philadelphia Eagles: Due to a groin injury, Cleveland’s CB Greg Newsome II has missed the team’s first two preseason games. The Eagles’ formidable defensive front will stymie Cleveland’s mediocre passing offense. Philadelphia is a good bet to win and cover at home. 

Free Pick and Prediction: Cleveland Browns will win 21-14.

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