The Cleveland Browns will be looking to duplicate their preseason-opening performance when they visit an Indianapolis Colts team that will be looking to get in the win column following their Week 1 preseason loss when the two teams square off on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. If you’re looking for some expert NFL preseason picks, then consider your ticket punched!
Browns vs Colts 2019 NFL Preseason Week 2 Spread, Preview & Prediction
- When: Saturday August 17, 2019, 4:00 PM ET
- Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
- TV: NFL TV
- Radio: Cleveland / Indianapolis
- Live Stream: NFL Network
- NFL Preseason Week 2 Odds: Indianapolis -2.5 / Total: 43
- Isolated Thunderstorms: 32°C/89°F
- Humidity: 70%
- Precipitation: 30%
- Wind: 11 mph SSW
- Cloud Cover: 59%
- Type of Stadium: Retractable
Why Bet On Cleveland at +2.5?
The Browns looked fantastic in their 30-10 preseason-opening win over the Washington Redskins. Starting quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 5 of 6 passes for 77 yards and one touchdown before giving way to backup Garrett Gilbert who went 14 of 22 for 135 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Fourth-string signal-caller David Blough added a TD toss in the win and Mayfield tossed a 24-yard TD strike to Rashard Higgins.
“That’s what they were supposed to do,” Browns first-year coach Freddie Kitchens said after his debut. “They’re supposed to get completions, big, chunk plays. And I thought we did a good job outside, inside, everywhere. It was a real nice first drive.”
Defensively, J.T. Hassell led the Browns with five tackles while Devaroe Lawrence added one sack in the win.
Why Bet On Indianapolis at -2.5?
The Colts are coming off a humbling 16-24 loss to the Buffalo Bills in their preseason opener. Starting quarterback Andrew Luck sat, but third-string backup Chad Kelly looked great in going 13 of 19 for 121 yards while rushing four times for 53 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown run. Kelly, the nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly shined, playing in his hometown.
“It was awesome to finally come home and get back on the field, like a kid in a candy shop, having fun and doing it with the guys,” Kelly said.
Defensively, rookie linebacker E.J. Speed led the Colts with six tackles while rookie defensive end Carroll Phillips had two sacks.
Browns vs Colts NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting Trends
- Browns are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games
- Browns are 4-1 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went UNDER in 7 of Browns’ last 8 games played on a Saturday
- Colts are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 games against an opponent in the AFC North division
- Colts are 10-3 SU in the last 13 games
- The total went UNDER in 6 of the Colts’ last 8 games against Cleveland
Expert Analysis and Prediction for Browns vs Colts
With Andrew Luck sitting this one out with an ankle injury and Baker Mayfield likely to play two series, I’m going with Cleveland to get the confidence-building road win in this contest. While the home team in this rivalry has gone 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the Browns have gone an encouraging 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. More importantly, Cleveland has an air of excitement and energy surrounding their entire organization while Indy is now in a precarious and discouraging situation with Luck in danger of missing the Colts’ regular season opener. I like Baker Mayfield and the Browns in this one so give me the points!
Pick: Cleveland 24 Indianapolis 21