Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns Preseason NFL Picks & Predictions 8/23/2018
Thursday, August 23, 2018
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The Philadelphia Eagles travel to FirstEnergy Stadium to take on the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, August 23, 2018. The opening line for this game has Philadelphia as 2 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 42. The Eagles had an ATS record of 12-6-0 last season while their over/under record was 9-9-0. The Browns had an over/under record of 7-9-0 and they were 4-12-0 against the spread.
Valuable Philadelphia Eagles Betting Trends
The Philadelphia Eagles were 9-9-0 against the over/under last season
The Philadelphia Eagles were 12-6-0 against the spread last year
Important 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
Key Philadelphia Eagles Injuries
08/17/18 QB Nick Foles Shoulder is questionable Thursday vs Atlanta
08/03/18 WR Alshon Jeffery Shoulder is probable Thursday vs Atlanta
08/03/18 WR Shelton Gibson Concussion is questionable Thursday vs Atlanta
08/03/18 DT Tim Jernigan Back is questionable Thursday vs Atlanta
06/29/18 LB Nigel Bradham Suspension 1-game Suspension ( elgible to return 9/16 vs Tampa Bay)
04/21/18 QB Carson Wentz Knee is questionable Thursday vs Atlanta
Key Cleveland Browns Injuries
08/19/18 WR Josh Gordon Suspension is questionable Sunday vs Pittsburgh
08/03/18 DB Howard Wilson Knee IR
08/03/18 OL Kevin Zeitler Calf is out indefinitely
07/25/18 DB Jabrill Peppers PUP is out indefinitely
07/25/18 WR Ricardo Louis Neck IR
06/15/18 T Donald Stephenson Suspension 2-games suspension (eligible to return 9/20 vs NY Jets)
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Philadelphia Eagles were 3rd in the NFL in points scored with 457 last season. They ran 1,073 plays last year for 5,852 yards, which ranked them 7th in the league in total offense. The Eagles averaged 5.5 yards per play, which was 9th in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 338 1st downs last year, placing them 4th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Philadelphia ran for 2,115 yards as a team, which ranked 3rd in the NFL. They ran 473 times last year, averaging 4.5 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Eagles were penalized on offense 116 times for 962 yards last season, which had them 7th in the league in penalties. Carson Wentz threw for 3,296 yards last season. He completed 265 passes on 440 attempts for a completion percentage of 60.2%. His quarterback rating last year was 101.9. He averaged 7.5 yards per pass attempt and 12.4 yards per completion.
Philadelphia was 4th in the league in points allowed on defense with 295 last year. They surrendered a total of 4,904 yards on D, which was 4th in the NFL. The Eagles were ranked 9th in yards per play allowed with 5. Their pass defense gave up 5.7 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 8th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 363 passes on 601 attempts against the Philadelphia Eagles defense last season, placing them 26th and 31st in the National Football League. The Philadelphia pass defense also gave up a total of 3,637 yards through the air, which was 17th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 337 attempts for 1,267 yards last year, putting them in 1st place in the league against the run. The Eagles committed 101 penalties for 917 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 18th in the NFL. They gave up a score on 27.1% of possessions on defense, which was 2nd in the league.
Special Teams Stats
Philadelphia was ranked 24th in the league in punt returns last season with 29. They accumulated 259 punt return yards and averaged 8.9 yards per return, which was 12th in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 76 yards. They returned 18 kicks for 354 yards on special teams, ranking 32nd in kick return yardage. The Eagles averaged 19.7 yards per kick return and had a long of 35 yards last year. They were 13th in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,695. The Philadelphia Eagles attempted 34 field goals last season and made 29, which was 16th in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 85.3%. Philadelphia Eagles kickers made 91% of their extra points, going 40 for 44 last year. Their punters totaled 3,033 yards on 68 punts, averaging 44.6 yards per punt. That placed them 18th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Cleveland Browns ran for 1,714 yards as a unit last year, which ranked 18th in the league. They ran 384 times, averaging 4.5 yards per rush as a unit. The Browns were penalized on offense 110 times for 924 yards last season, which had them 13th in the NFL in penalties. They were 32nd in the National Football League in points scored with 234. They ran 1,008 plays last year for 4,942 yards, which ranked them 24th in the NFL in total offense. The Browns averaged 4.9 yards per play, which was 23rd in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 290 1st downs last season, ranking them 22nd overall as an offensive unit. Tyrod Taylor completed 263 throws while attempting 420 passes for a completion percentage of 62.6% last year. He passed for 2,799 yards. He averaged 10.6 yards per completion and 6.7 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating last season was 89.2.
The Browns rush defense gave up 467 attempts for 1,566 yards last season, putting them in 7th place in the NFL against the run. They had 101 penalties for 906 yards on defense last year. That placed them 16th in the league. They allowed a score on 36.2% of possessions on defense, which was 22nd in the NFL. Cleveland was 31st in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 410. They gave up a total of 5,250 yards on D, which was 14th in the league. The Browns were 10th in yards per play allowed with 5.1. Their pass defense allowed 6.6 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 24th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 360 throws on 525 attempts against the Cleveland defense last season, ranking them 23rd and 8th in the league. The Cleveland Browns pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,684 yards in the air, which was 19th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Cleveland Browns tried 20 field goals last season and made 15, which was 31st in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 75.0%. Cleveland kickers made 96% of their extra points, going 25 for 26 last season. Their punters accumulated 3,827 yards on 82 punts, averaging 46.7 yards per punt. That ranked them 9th in the NFL in punting average. Cleveland was 8th in the NFL in punt returns with 38 last year. They totaled 221 punt return yards and averaged 5.8 yards per return, which was 29th in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 25 yards. They returned 35 kicks for 790 yards on special teams, placing them 9th in kick return yardage. The Browns averaged 22.6 yards per kick return and had a long of 71 yards last season. They were 23rd in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,262.
Who will win tonight's Eagles/Browns NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Eagles -2
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