Week 1 Preseason Picks Browns vs. Packers Odds

August 14th, 2010 by

green bay packers NFL betting handicappers have what would normally be a sports betting mismatch to evaluate as the rebuilding Cleveland Browns meet the contending Green Bay Packers.

The August 14 matchup from Green Bay is the preseason opener for both teams. And that is what gives Cleveland a fighting chance as the Packers are not likely to risk injuries to key veterans in an exhibition opener.

The Browns are beginning a new era under the leadership of a man that has a Green Bay street named after him as Mike Holmgren as taken over the Cleveland football operations. Holmgren led the Packers to Super Bowl seasons in 1996 and 1997 as head coach with a win over the New England Patriots to cap off the ’96 campaign.

One of Holmgren’s first moves was to acquire veteran signal caller Jake Delhomme from the Carolina Panthers. There his career crashed and burned last year. Delhomme was not brought in to be a savior but to add a calming and stable influence on offense. He has impressed teammates with his leadership and professionalism.

Holmgren brought in another veteran, Bobby Engram, to bolster the receiving corps.

Bet now on the Green Bay Packers 2.5-point favorite at SBG Global.com Sportsbook total 34.5.

One surprise survivor from the regime change in Cleveland was head coach Eric Mangini, who went 5-11 in his first year on the job last year after being fired as head coach of the Jets in 2008. On the positive, the Browns never quit and fought hard through their schedule, which had an influence on Holmgren’s decision to keep Mangini.

“If I thought he couldn’t do it, I wouldn’t have come here in this role,” said Holmgren of Mangini. “We have some new talent and Eric is going to put it together.”

Seneca Wallace, Brett Ratliff, and Colt McCoy will all see plenty of playing time at quarterback during preseason.

With the LeBron James fiasco serving as another sports heartbreaker for the city of Cleveland, Mangini understands that a positive start to the season is important.

Despite being one of the youngest teams in the league the Packers have a stable starting lineup and are expected to play backups and rookies looking for jobs. They are also trying to sign their top two draft picks; first round offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga and second round defensive end Mike Neal.

Matt Flynn and Graham Harrell will take the majority of preseason snaps at quarterback as starter Aaron Rodgers will be saved for when it counts in September.

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