Preseason Week 2 Falcons vs Browns NFL Betting Prediction

Posted by Peter Boysen on August 16, 2016 in

Cleveland returns home after losing, 17-11, to Green Bay in the preseason opener to host the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta prevailed over the upstart Washington Redskins, 23-17, at home in their preseason opener. One of the most surprising tidbits from the Falcons’ opener was the strong return of Matt Schaub, a once promising quarterback for the Houston Texans who had pick-sixed his way out of the league. Check out this preview as you plan your NFL betting for Week 2.

Preseason Week 2 Falcons vs Browns NFL Betting Prediction

When: Thursday, August 18, 2016, 8:00pm ET
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland
TV: WEWS Channel 5 Cleveland
Radio: WKNR 850 AM Cleveland / 92.9 FM The Game Atlanta
Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
NFL Odds: Cleveland (-2.5)

Why should you bet on the Browns?

The return of Robert Griffin III is the latest experiment at the quarterback position in Cleveland. In the opener, he went 4 for 8 for 67 yards and threw a pick in the first quarter, but the upside on this one-time NFC East champion with Washington is viewed as so high that the Browns will pursue this as far as it goes. If he can remember not to hold onto the ball too long in the pocket and find his targets, the Browns should have a decent offense to go along with an underrated defense. I think they have a little more to prove in this game, especially at home, which is one clue I look for when picking preseason winners.



Why should you put your money on Atlanta?


Did you know that Schaub started his NFL career in Atlanta? Way back in 2004, he was the backup for Michael Vick, and then he went to Houston, where he started for seven years before those interceptions got him run out of town. Now 35, Schaub played a solid game and put himself in position to be Matt Ryan’s primary backup. Ryan struggled to move the offense against Washington, so I would expect to see him play most of the first half against Cleveland, and I like Julio Jones to find some open space against the Browns’ secondary.


Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction


I like the Browns to draw off that home energy in front of their crowd, and I also like Griffin to find more offensive targets than he did in Green Bay. I’m predicting a 20-14 Cleveland win.