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The Cleveland Browns will look to get their first win of what will one day be the era of ballyhooed rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. The Washington Redskins will look to move to 2-0 this preseason as their once-ballyhooed third-year signal-caller Robert Griffin III looks to regain his previously pristine reputation as a franchise quarterback.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 16, 2014
Let’s take an in-depth look at this matchup between two mostly rebuilding teams.
NFL Pre-season Week 2 Odds Cleveland Browns at Washington Redskins
Analysis: Cleveland (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, 0-1 O/U) may have fallen to Detroit 13-12 in their Week 1 preseason showdown, but they played fairly solid football and got a decent performance from Manziel in the process.
Manziel took over for starter Brian Hoyer midway through the second quarter and looked very solid despite failing to get the Browns in the end zone.
"It was a good start," the former Texas A&M star said. "You have to start somewhere and set a foundation. I got my feet wet, got my first preseason game under my belt."
Manziel went 7 of 11 for 63 yards while adding 27 yards on six carries.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 16, 2014
Okay, so what Tom Brady and most of his starting teammates didn’t play for New England in Washington’s (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 0-1 O/U) commanding 23-6 win over the Patriots, but hey, a win is a win right?
Anyway, RG3 completed 2 of the four passes he threw for 9 yards while Alfred Morris ran for 27 yards in an 11-play drive that resulted in a field goal.
"We came out and did what we wanted to do," Griffin said. "Got the 1’s in and out, had an effective drive. Got some points, almost had a touchdown."
For this contest, I’m going to urge you to back the Washington (3-13 SU, 5-11 ATS, 8-8 O/U) to take out Cleveland (4-12 SU, 6-10 ATS, 8-7-1 O/U) and cover the NFL Betting Line as a 2-point home fave.
Washington won seven straight preseason games and actually won more (4) during the 2013 preseason than they did in 16 regular season contests (3).
It’s unknown right now whether Manziel or Brian Hoyer will get the start in this contest, but I’m not sure it even matters as Washington backup Kirk Cousins has already proven to me that eh could start for plenty of teams in the league (Hello Miami…did you hear that?)
Cousins went 9 for 13 for 103 yards against the Pats last week while third-stringer Colt McCoy finished 8 for 9 for 102 yards. Both signal-callers tossed touchdown passes in the win and I believe they’ll both perform well in this matchup.
The Browns are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
In addition to a pick for Washington to cover the spread I also like the Over in this contest to play out as well with each of the aforementioned backups likely being able to get their teams in the end zone at least once.
My Pick: Washington -2 Points/Over 40.5 total Points