Cleveland Browns vs. New York Giants Prediction, Pick – 8/6/18

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National Football League: Week 1 Preseason CLE vs. NYG

Cleveland Browns vs. New York Giants August 9, 2018- 7:00 PM ET (NFLTV) MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Going out to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, Week 1 of NFL preseason action will give us a matchup between the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants in a contest that has the following betting lines from our best online sportsbooks;

GIANTS BROWNS
Spread
+2.5 -2.5
Total
34.5 34.5

Heading into the 2018 football season, one wouldn’t think the Browns can do no worse after going a paltry 0-16 in 2017; and with just one win in their last 32 games, will this year finally be the year to start winning some games? Staying somewhat competitive in some of their losses last season, Cleveland is hoping to finally experience some winning football, which I like their chances after some good pickups in the offseason.

With already a pair of effective running backs in veteran Carlos Hyde and rookie newcomer Nick Chubb out of Georgia, can the Browns find a playmaker in either quarterback Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills or rookie and Heisman Trophy winner, Baker Mayfield out of Oklahoma? All of Cleveland is hoping Mayfield will be the QB of the future for a team that has been the laughing stock of the NFL forever it seems?

For the Giants, the 2017-18 season proved to be a big disappointment as they finished with a 3-13 record… their fewest wins since 1983. Finishing only ahead of the Browns in win totals last season, the pressure will be on QB Eli Manning and the Giants to bounce back.

Needing to improve their lack of offense, the Giants went out and drafted RB Saquon Barkley from Penn State; a move that has to have G-Men fans excited? Barkley can be huge if effective as it will open up the offense behind Manning and star receiver, Odell Beckham Jr.

Prediction/Pick

2017 was an ugly year for both teams, so any win here will be welcomed. As for sports betting purposes for this CLE vs. NYG matchup, MyBookie is favoring the Giants (-2.5) points over Cleveland with Bovada giving us the over/under with 34.5 total game points scored; a number I will play as I will favor the UNDER of 34.5 total game points scored as my best betting pick.