NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting Guide: Picks for Browns-Colts, 4 Other Saturday Games

Aug 17, 2019 03:00 PM EDT
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  • Ian Hartitz breaks down the betting odds for Saturday's NFL Preseason Week 2 matchups.
  • See his analysis and picks for Browns-Colts, Cowboys-Rams and the other three games.

We get a five-game slate of preseason football on Saturday. It’s only Week 2, so don’t expect to see many starters play for more than a quarter or two in most cases. Either way, offenses and defenses will largely rely on simplified schemes.

Let’s take a look at key storylines and actionable betting takeaways for all 10 teams in action.


Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts

  • Spread: Colts -3
  • Over/Under: 43
  • Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET

Cleveland Browns

Much of the Browns’ offseason hype has centered around their acquisition of stud wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. This has perhaps overshadowed their additional offseason decision to reload their defensive line.

  • 2013 first-round pick Sheldon Richardson has fallen on tough times as of late, failing to secure a long-term contract with any of the three teams he’s played with since 2016. He’s ranked outside of Pro Football Focus’ top-50 interior defenders in each of the past three seasons, but now finds himself on the most talented overall defensive line he’s seen since the best years of his career with the Jets.
  • Former Dolphins and Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon was arguably the best defensive player for the latter team before the Browns traded for him this past offseason. Vernon has missed nine combined games over the past two seasons, but still managed to earn PFF’s No. 32 and No. 14 highest grades among edge defenders in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Of course, Myles Garrett remains an absolute monster who only seems to be getting better…

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