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Redskins Have Been Preseason Gold Of Late
The final game of Week 2 of the NFL preseason has Washington hosting Cleveland on Monday, Aug. 18. The Skins are 3-point opening favorites and recent history shows that Washington will be an easy cover. The team brings a seven-game preseason winning streak into the game, the franchise's longest in the modern era. Washington opened the 2014 preseason with a 23-6 rout of New England. That was the Redskins' sixth straight home exhibition victory.
There's more. Washington has scored at least 22 points in eight straight preseason games, averaging 27.5 points. We all know that preseason totals are generally in the 30s or low 40s, so that means bettors are cashing in on Redskins overs. Finally, Washington has won four straight preseason games by at least 10 points.
It's not like we can go by Washington's current coach when looking at these trends because it's Jay Gruden. The former offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals is in his first season as an NFL head coach but did coach in the Arena League. Perhaps what could explain Washington's scoring binge is it has been led by an offensive-minded coach over that stretch, with Mike Shanahan preceding Gruden in D.C. Against the Browns, the Redskins will see the debut of newly acquired receiver DeSean Jackson, so that should only help the Redskins' scoring punch. The game's total is currently set at 40.5 points.
Johnny Football Won't Start
The big storyline for the game isn't what Washington does, however, but that Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will make his second NFL apperance but will again come off the bench. He will, however, get some time with the first team. In Cleveland's 13-12 Week 1 preseason loss in Detroit, Manziel was 7-for-11 for 63 yards passing as the No. 2 QB and showed his improvisational skills by running six times for 27 yards. He outplayed the presumed leader to start Week 1, Brian Hoyer. He was 6-for-14 for 92 yards and can't run a lick. Browns coach Mike Pettine expects to make his decision to start the season opener against Pittsburgh after Monday's game.
If you are an overly optimistic Browns fan, this Bovada prop is for you: Manziel winning Offensive Rookie of the Year and Cleveland making the playoffs is +2500 on the yes-only option.
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