Like most NFL teams, the Detroit Lions have been having their way with the Cleveland Browns, but in their case, it’s been going on for quite some time. The Lions have won four straight NFL regular-season games from the Brown since 2005, and going back to 1989, are 7-1 straight up in their last eight versus the Browns. The Lions are 4-1 straight up at home in their five regular-season home games against Cleveland and are 3-2 against the spread.
In the preseason, though, it’s been a much different story. The Lions did win the most recent meeting in 2014 by a 13-12 score, but the Browns have won two of the last three games. If take it back a bit further, the Lions have won five of the last eight exhibition games from the Browns. At home in preseason play against Cleveland, Detroit has earned the victory in three of the last four games and four of the last six meetings.
Up And Down – Recent preseason games between the Browns and Lions have leaned toward an under wager. There was just 25 points on the board the last time the two teams met in 2014, and and an average of 30.3 points per game over their last three meetings. But before that, the scores tended to skew toward an over wager. They averaged 60 points per game in the previous two contests. The average total in the past five Lions-Browns preseason games played at Detroit is 41 points per game.
The total has gone under in four of Detroit’s last six preseason games. During the regular season, though, recent Browns-Lions games have proven to be festivals of scoring. They’ve averaged 61.6 points per game in their last three contests. The total has gone over in four of last five Browns-Lions regular-season games. The total for the last three Browns-Lions regular-season games played in Detroit averaged out at 65 points per game. Last season, the Lions whipped the Browns 38-24, going over and covering the spread.
Common Disasters – That Detroit victory in 2017 was one of 16 the Browns suffered, as they joined the 2008 Lions as the only teams in NFL history to go 0-16 during the regular season. Curiously, both the 2017 Browns and the 2008 Lions were 4-0 in preseason play, however. The Lions and Browns have both been eligible to go to the Super Bowl every season since the game began in 1967, and neither team has managed to get there. The Browns are the only NFL never to play in or play host to a Super Bowl game.
That Would Be Super – Therefore, perhaps you’ll want to avoid the Lions-Browns Super Bowl LIII bet being offered by MyBookie. They’ve got the chances of that being the Super Bowl matchup this season at odds of +140000. That being said, despite coming off an 0-16 campaign, MyBookie has the Browns at +6500 odds to win Super Bowl LIIII, better than both the Chicago Bears (+8300) and New York Jets (+12500). Detroit is placed at odds of +3300.
Bovada is less bullish on the Lions, situating them at odds of +6500 to win the Super Bowl. The Browns are assigned odds of +7500. The Browns are +4000 to win the AFC Championship, while the Lions are at +2500 to take the NFC title. You’ll get +600 odds on the Lions winning the NFC North and +1200 on the Browns taking the AFC North. Bovada has the Browns at +550 to make the playoffs and -900 to miss the playoffs. The Lions are +250 to make it and -325 to be postseason absentees.
To The Matt – Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford enjoyed another monster season in 2017, topping 4000 yards in passing for the seventh straight season, leading all NFC QBs with 4446 yards. Yet Bovada doesn’t see Stafford as one of the main contenders to lead the NFL in passing yardage, slotting him in as their fifth betting choice at odds of +1000. They’ve got Stafford at +1600 to lead the NFL in touchdown passes and +3300 to win the league’s MVP award.
Golden Fleece – Stafford likes to spread the ball around amongst his receivers, so that probably explains why you won’t find much hope of a Detroit wideout leading the NFL in pass receiving yardage this season. Bovada gives Golden Tate the best chance, but even he’s at long odds of +5000. Marvin Jones checks in with odds of +10000, even though he finished ninth in the NFL last season with 1101 yards. Tate was 14th at 1003 yards.
Catching On – Cleveland’s receivers are getting some betting action, even though at quarterback, whether it’s veteran Tyrod Taylor or rookie first overall pick Baker Mayfield, the chances of them doing something big would appear slim. Jarvis Landry, who left Miami to sign with Cleveland as a free agent, is given odds of +10000 to lead the NFL in receiving yardage. At BetOnline, you can play a player performance wager on Landry’s yardage this season at a total of 949.5 yards. Over is -120, under -110.
The performance prop wager on Landry’s TD receptions has a total of 4.5. Go over or under on this bet and the odds are -115 either way. Cleveland wideout Josh Gordon’s TD catches are set at 5.5. The over is worth -135 and the under is +105. The total established on Gordon’s yardage on receptions this season is positioned at 1049.5. Whether you play the over or the under on this wager, your odds are going to be -115. Bet365 offers 978.5 as Gordon’s yardage total. It’s -138 for the over and +100 for the under.
Kicking It – Detroit’s Matt Prater holds the NFL record for the longest field goal ever at 64 yards. He currently holds the NFL record for most consecutive 50 (14) and 55-yard (seven) field goals. But Prater isn’t given much of a chance of being the top scorer among NFL kickers in 2018. Bet365 puts Prater in as their 11th betting choice to be the NFL’s regular-season kicking points leader at +2500. Betway has Prater as their 11th betting choice on the same wager, also at odds of +2500.