Browns vs. Giants Preseason Betting Odds: Mayfield, Barkley Take Center Stage

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Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Baker Mayfield.

Betting Odds: Cleveland Browns (-1) at New York Giants

  • Cleveland Browns moneyline: -120
  • New York Giants moneyline: +100
  • Over/Under: 35
  • Kickoff: Aug. 9, 2018 — 7 p.m. ET

Cleveland Browns

With quarterback Tyrod Taylor presently functioning as the starter, we could see a lot of playing time for No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield. The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner faces a plethora of concerns regarding his size, maturity and ability to operate outside of a spread offense. Still, history tells us that top-10 picks typically start at least 10 games as rookies, and Mayfield could force coach Hue Jackson to reassess his position on Taylor sooner rather than later with strong preseason showings. While the Browns opened as 3-point underdogs, they’ve moved to short road favorites with 61% of the tickets and 82% of the money.

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New York Giants

The Giants are undergoing an offensive innovation, as new coach Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Mike Shula will rely heavily this year on No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley. Early props have set the generational talent‘s rushing total at 1,100.5 yards, and the over is a reasonable bet in Shurmur’s inside-zone scheme. It’d behoove the Giants not to expose their new running back to much preseason damage, but Barkley’s game-breaking ability has seldom needed more than a few plays to stand out.

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