Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Baker Mayfield
Betting Odds: Cleveland Browns (-2.5) at Detroit Lions
- Cleveland Browns Moneyline: -142
- Detroit Lions Moneyline: +122
- Over/Under: 35.5
- Kickoff: Aug. 30, 2018 – 7 p.m. ET
Baker Mayfield will get the start and could play up to a half on Thursday. The public is apparently enamored with the No. 1 overall pick, as 61% of public tickets and 76% of the money have backed the Browns.
Mayfield hasn’t managed to top his 212-yard, two-touchdown performance in Week 1, and the Browns have continued to stand by Tyrod Taylor as their quarterback of the present. Still, the Hard Knocks star has largely outperformed his first-round counterparts through three weeks.
The Lions are expected to feature LeGarrette Blount as their short-yardage and goal-line back, Theo Riddick on pass downs and second-rounder Kerryon Johnson everywhere in between.
That leaves fourth-year back Ameer Abdullah on the outside looking in, so the Lions could potentially attempt to showcase the former second-round pick as a trade piece on Thursday night.
Abdullah is a freaky athlete (98th-percentile SPARQ-x score) with theoretical three-down ability, but it’ll take a change of scenery for him to regain fantasy relevance.