NFL betting lines action will include a very intriguing preseason sports betting matchup from Green Bay as the Packers host the Cleveland Browns. In the regular season this game would come off as a mismatch but the in the preseason it’s another matter all together as the Packers are a top shelf contender for the NFC title and will play a lot of backups and try-out players. For Cleveland however, as a perennial cellar dweller, this game is an opportunity to try and build momentum and confidence heading in to the regular season.
There is another reason why Cleveland might want to step it up more than normal for a preseason game as new team president Mike Holmgren will return to the stadium where he once led the Packers to back to back Super Bowl berths including the 1996 world championship.
Holmgren now runs the Browns and faces the same type of rebuilding job that he once faced in Green Bay and later in Seattle where he led the Seahawks to the 2005 NFC title.
Holmgren’s first move was to keep head Coach Eric Mangini despite the team winning only 5 games last year. But 4 of those wins came in the final 4 games of the season as the Browns didn’t quit, which impressed Holmgren.
SBGGlobal.com Sportsbook opened with the Packers as 2.5-point home favorites with an over under set for 34.5.
The Browns finished near the bottom of all major categories on both sides of the line. The Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn days are over at quarterback as both were sent packing after horrible stints with Cleveland. Former Carolina signal caller Jake Delhomme was brought it by Holmgren to try and resurrect his career.
Delhomme has been connecting with tight end Benjamin Watson frequently during camp.
“It’s a positive thing,” said Mangini. “Having a tight end that can stretch the field puts more pressure on the defenses.”
The Browns have also been working with the wild cat offense during practices with a decent amount of success as Josh Cribbs and Seneca Wallace have teamed up together for an exciting new wrinkle that could be employed from time to time.
Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy laid out a good tells for handicappers about where his mind is after a recent team scrimmage.
“The number one score that I am interested in is our medical report,” said McCarthy.
Starting linebacker Clay Matthews and receivers Jordy Nelson and Brett Swain were all slightly injured in the scrimmage but nothing serious was reported.