The 2.5-point favorite Cleveland Browns will host Washington in their NFL preseason Week 1 tilt. This is the 13th all-time preseason meeting between the two storied franchises. Washington holds a 9-3 edge over Cleveland and has won four in a row. The Browns have won when it counts though by going 33-11-1 the head-to-head series. Click here for a full run-down of every NFL preseason week 1 matchup.
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A Closer Look At The NFL Week 1 Preseason Odds featuring Washington Vs Cleveland
Can Washington Cover the 2.5-point Spread versus Cleveland?
This is RG3’s last chance to take ahold of the starting job in Washington.
Washington recently signed DE Junior Galette. After signing a huge contract with New Orleans, Galette finds himself in Washington due to being cut. Galette supposedly was a major distraction to the Saints’ players in the locker room.
Gruden says "at least a quarter" for QB @RGIII in Thursday's preseason opener against the Browns.
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Gruden on Browns QB Johnny Manziel: "Johnny, I think, in Year 2 is a more mature player. … I expect Johnny to perform a lot better."
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If he isn’t a distraction to Washington, he could boost a front 7 that will need to get to quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Josh McCown who are in the midst of a spirited battle to be the man under center for the Cleveland Browns. The DC’ers play a 3-4 defense. Galette should see the field for a few snaps in the very first NFL Pre-Season game of the year. Gigantic Terrance Knighton, at 6’ 5” and 335 pounds, comes to Washington from Denver to play nose tackle. He’ll be expected to eat up space in this game so that linebackers Ryan Kerrigan, who has become one of the best in the NFL, and Keenan Robinson, who had a combined 109 tackles last season, can rush Manziel and McCown. If Washington’s defenders can get to Cleveland’s QBs, they’ll cover the spread.
Can The Cleveland Browns Cover the 2.5-point Spread versus Washington?
How much Manziel will we see in week 1?
The Browns are in a state of flux…again. It makes no sense. Perhaps, the Browns issues year to year can be summed up by one question, “Why didn’t they draft Sammy Watkins?” For some reason Cleveland though that wide receiver Josh Gordon was going to turn his life around. That didn’t work out.
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Now, Gordon is out of the NFL for a year. The Browns are stuck with Dwayne Bowe, who failed to excel in Andy Reid’s system while at Kansas City, and Brian Hartline, who is a decent wide receiver but will never be confused as a number one option. That’s not a good sign for first on the depth chart QB Josh McCown, who even though he had the luxury of throwing footballs to great rookie Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson while at Tampa Bay found a way to garner a 70.5 QB rating, and Johnny Manziel, who had a 42 QB rating last season.
The Browns will give both McCown and Manziel plenty of work. McCown received a huge contract during the off-season. He’ll have to prove that he can be a starter without the benefit of a huge, talented target like either Josh Gordon or Watkins, who plays for Buffalo. Manziel just needs to prove that he belongs in the league.
Neither is likely to happen in the first pre-season game of 2015 for the Browns.
NFL Preseason Week 1 Final Score Prediction: Washington 17, Cleveland 10
The Redskins are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Browns are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. Both teams have a big question mark under center, but the Browns have more fine tuning to do this preseason and expect Washington to take advantage of that.
How To Watch NFL Preseason Week 1 Washington at Cleveland:
| Kenny Albert, Joe Theismann
WRC (NBC/4 – Washington)
Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic
WNUV (CW/54 – Baltimore)
WSOC (ABC/9 – Charlotte NC)
WTKR (CBS/3 – Norfolk VA)
WRLH (FOX/35 – Richmond VA)
WSLS (NBC/10 – Roanoke VA)
|8:00 ET|| Mike Patrick, Solomon Wilcots
WEWS (ABC/5 – Cleveland)
WBNS (CBS/10 – Columbus)
WTOL (CBS/11 – Toledo)
WYTV (ABC/33 – Youngstown)
WHIO (CBS/7 – Dayton)