NFL betting lines intrigue will be huge for the preseason matchup of two young and rebuilding teams as the Cleveland Browns host the St. Louis Rams. Sportsbook sbg global opened with Cleveland as a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 35.5. Kickoff is set for 7:35 PM EDT.
The Cleveland Browns got off to a most promising start to the preseason with a 27-24 win and payout at Green Bay. Phil Dawson kicked two 4th quarter field goals to win it for the Browns. New starting quarterback Jake Delhomme was impressive as he went 6-7 for 66 yards. Delhomme has impressed coaches and teammates with his work ethic and professionalism throughout training camp.
Rookie Colt McCoy was 5-10 with 2 interceptions in his NFL debut for Cleveland and hurt his thumb against the Packers. McCoy left the field in the second half but was practicing this week.
McCoy’s old rival from his college days at Texas, Sam Bradford of the Rams by way of Oklahoma, also had a rough start in his NFL debut as he had a case of the jitters early on. Bradford botched a pitch and bobbled a snap on his first two plays and ended up going 6-13 for 57 yards as the Rams lost to Minnesota 28-7.
The Browns are gaining in confidence and are hoping to surprise handicappers and oddsmakers that have them pegged as longhots for the 2010 season. Delhomme is a big reason for the renewed sports betting optimism.
“We’re lucky to have him,” said running back Jerome Harrison. “He is a professional, man, in how he carries himself, how he gives advice to the younger guys. I and he talk all the time. When I get the chance, I even go into the quarterback’s room just to hear his thoughts on things and we what he’s going to do. He’s a true veteran.”
Meanwhile handicappers betting NFL preseason action can expect a better performance from Bradford in future games, at least according to the man himself. Bradford admitted to little mistakes such as bad center/QB exchanges in the opener and vows to learn from them and improve.
“That’s just my fault, I’m not riding the center long enough,” said the number one overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. “That’s something I’ve got to put extra emphasis on and make that a point to get better on in practice every day.”