Posted: 8/16/2012 7:42:16 PM
I didn't like how Atlanta performed in the second half against the Ravens but I'm going to put money on the better 1st squad who performed well in the first half last game vs BAL. Falcons looked good winning 17-7 in halftime against BAL and I expect Ryan and Jones to start the party early.
What I like best about ATL first half is that the OLine looked very solid against BAL. It wont be easy for Bengals to get through that. If they do, we may need to start reevaluating the Bengals defense. Bengals has struggled on the road last preseason. I expect ATL to come out strong once again.
ATL 1half -3
Browns performed well in the second half vs DET. I can see it being a closer game this time, with their secondary in a disarray, and issues with Bishop, giving Weeden a chance. There is too many things going on in GB right now. Stadium remodeling, which McCarthy has added may change the wind (southwest) that may alter the scoring in Lambeau. Benson who has brought in mixed reactions, and health issues in the Packers.
For the Browns, Weeden hasnt exactly been their hero. On his first start, Weeden was 3 of 9 for 62 yards with an interception and a fumble. With some key guys out of the defense, we can see how deep this Defense really is. Starters are expected to play a half, and probably even longer, where we can see the points catch back up.
GB 1half -3
CLE (game) +3.5