Cleveland Browns at New York Giants Preseason NFL Picks & Predictions 8/9/2018
Thursday, August 9, 2018
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The Cleveland Browns travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Giants on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The opening line for this game has New York as 3 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 35. The Browns had an ATS record of 4-12-0 last season while their over/under record was 7-9-0. The Giants had an over/under record of 6-10-0 and they were 7-9-0 against the spread.
Valuable Cleveland Browns Betting Trends
The Cleveland Browns were 7-9-0 against the over/under last season
The Cleveland Browns were 4-12-0 against the spread last year
Important New York Giants Betting Trends
The New York Giants were 6-10-0 against the over/under last season
The New York Giants were 7-9-0 against the spread last year
Key Cleveland Browns Injuries
07/25/18 DB Jabrill Peppers PUP is out indefinitely
07/25/18 WR Ricardo Louis Neck is out for season
06/15/18 T Donald Stephenson Suspension 2-games suspension (eligible to return 9/20 vs NY Jets)
Key New York Giants Injuries
07/25/18 DB Sam Beal Shoulder is out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Cleveland Browns were 32nd in the NFL in points scored with 234 last season. They ran 1,008 plays last year for 4,942 yards, which ranked them 24th in the league in total offense. The Browns averaged 4.9 yards per play, which was 23rd in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 290 1st downs last year, placing them 22nd overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Cleveland ran for 1,714 yards as a team, which ranked 18th in the NFL. They ran 384 times last year, averaging 4.5 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Browns were penalized on offense 110 times for 924 yards last season, which had them 13th in the league in penalties. Tyrod Taylor threw for 2,799 yards last season. He completed 263 passes on 420 attempts for a completion percentage of 62.6%. His quarterback rating last year was 89.2. He averaged 6.7 yards per pass attempt and 10.6 yards per completion.
Cleveland was 31st in the league in points allowed on defense with 410 last year. They surrendered a total of 5,250 yards on D, which was 14th in the NFL. The Browns were ranked 10th in yards per play allowed with 5.1. Their pass defense gave up 6.6 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 24th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 360 passes on 525 attempts against the Cleveland Browns defense last season, placing them 23rd and 8th in the National Football League. The Cleveland pass defense also gave up a total of 3,684 yards through the air, which was 19th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 467 attempts for 1,566 yards last year, putting them in 7th place in the league against the run. The Browns committed 101 penalties for 906 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 16th in the NFL. They gave up a score on 36.2% of possessions on defense, which was 22nd in the league.
Special Teams Stats
Cleveland was ranked 8th in the league in punt returns last season with 38. They accumulated 221 punt return yards and averaged 5.8 yards per return, which was 29th in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 25 yards. They returned 35 kicks for 790 yards on special teams, ranking 9th in kick return yardage. The Browns averaged 22.6 yards per kick return and had a long of 71 yards last year. They were 23rd in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,262. The Cleveland Browns attempted 20 field goals last season and made 15, which was 31st in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 75.0%. Cleveland Browns kickers made 96% of their extra points, going 25 for 26 last year. Their punters totaled 3,827 yards on 82 punts, averaging 46.7 yards per punt. That placed them 9th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The New York Giants ran for 1,549 yards as a unit last year, which ranked 26th in the league. They ran 394 times, averaging 3.9 yards per rush as a unit. The Giants were penalized on offense 91 times for 895 yards last season, which had them 30th in the NFL in penalties. They were 31st in the National Football League in points scored with 246. They ran 1,036 plays last year for 5,028 yards, which ranked them 21st in the NFL in total offense. The Giants averaged 4.9 yards per play, which was 24th in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 271 1st downs last season, ranking them 28th overall as an offensive unit. Eli Manning completed 352 throws while attempting 571 passes for a completion percentage of 61.6% last year. He passed for 3,468 yards. He averaged 9.9 yards per completion and 6.1 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating last season was 80.4.
The Giants rush defense gave up 464 attempts for 1,933 yards last season, putting them in 27th place in the NFL against the run. They had 115 penalties for 923 yards on defense last year. That placed them 19th in the league. They allowed a score on 35.5% of possessions on defense, which was 19th in the NFL. New York was 27th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 388. They gave up a total of 5,971 yards on D, which was 31st in the league. The Giants were 31st in yards per play allowed with 5.7. Their pass defense allowed 6.9 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 28th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 347 throws on 561 attempts against the New York defense last season, ranking them 20th and 24th in the league. The New York Giants pass defense also surrendered a total of 4,038 yards in the air, which was 31st overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The New York Giants tried 25 field goals last season and made 18, which was 28th in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 72.0%. New York kickers made 87% of their extra points, going 20 for 23 last season. Their punters accumulated 4,187 yards on 97 punts, averaging 43.2 yards per punt. That ranked them 31st in the NFL in punting average. New York was 28th in the NFL in punt returns with 27 last year. They totaled 148 punt return yards and averaged 5.5 yards per return, which was 31st in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 20 yards. They returned 31 kicks for 609 yards on special teams, placing them 23rd in kick return yardage. The Giants averaged 19.6 yards per kick return and had a long of 30 yards last season. They were 29th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 5,986.
Who will win tonight's Browns/Giants NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Browns +3
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