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NFL Preseason Betting, Fantasy Football Takeaways from Thursday Night Football

  • The Browns topped the Eagles 5-0 on Thursday in what was Cleveland's second win of the preseason.
  • The Browns scored on a safety and field goal in the first half, but neither team scored after halftime.

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Ian Hartitz takes a look at key takeaways from Thursday night.


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Cleveland Browns 5, Philadelphia Eagles 0

  • Closing Spread: Browns -3
  • Closing Over/Under: 41.5

Philadelphia Eagles

As the final score might indicate, not much went right on the offensive side of the ball for the Eagles. Nick Foles will finish the preseason with exactly zero points to show for his 10 drives of work.

  • Punt
  • Punt
  • Punt
  • Lost fumble recovered for touchdown
  • Turnover on downs
  • Safety
  • Lost fumble
  • Interception
  • Lost fumble
  • Interception

Even more concerning were continued struggles along the offensive line. The Eagles allowed seven sacks Thursday night after giving up eight last week; they surrendered more than three sacks only once in 19 games last season.

It’s only the preseason, and the offensive line is a force to be reckoned with when fully healthy, but allowing hits on your quarterback is never OK.



Cleveland Browns

The Browns didn’t draft Nick Chubb in the second round to sit on the bench, but they also didn’t hand Carlos Hyde $8 million guaranteed to not have a role.

The fifth-year pro has done everything in his power to hold off the rookie through two weeks, as Hyde has gained 108 yards and scored a touchdown on just 17 attempts — good for a robust 6.4 yards per carry.

Tyrod Taylor (left wrist) and Baker Mayfield (concussion) dealt with injury scares, but each was medically cleared to return after some tense moments. While neither found much success through the air, they did manage to feed Jarvis Landry with a game-high 10 targets.

Even with the return of Josh Gordon, potential emergence of David Njoku and rumblings of a Dez Bryant signing, Landry is going to have a major role in this offense.

Credit:

Aug 23, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) sacks Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

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