Giants vs Browns Preseason Picks and Predictions: Cleveland Depth on Display

Neither starting unit is likely to get much run out in this one, but there will still be plenty to watch for. Our Giants vs. Browns picks and predictions highlights how Cleveland's superior depth will factor into NFL betting.

Aug 20, 2021 • 15:10 ET • 4 min read
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It’s time again to get stuck into the NFL odds as we look through the best bets in the New York Giants at Cleveland Browns preseason game this Sunday. There’s plenty of great stories on the field but it’ll be Odell Beckham Jr.’s reunion with his former team that makes the headlines.

The games don’t stop and football betting continues, and with both teams having contrasting results last week, this could be a big game. Check out our free NFL betting picks and predictions for the Giants vs. Browns on August 22.

Giants vs Browns game info

Location: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
Date: Sunday, August 22, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
TV: NFL Network

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Key injuries

Giants: Kenny Golladay (Out), Kyle Rudolph (Out), Aaron Robinson (Out).
Browns: Grant Delpit (Out).
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Betting trend to know

The Under is 7-0 in the Giants’ last seven games as an underdog. Find more NFL betting trends for Giants vs. Browns.

Against the spread (ATS) pick

As is tradition, these two teams have had joint practices together this week and there’s been some good news for both teams so far.

For the Giants, we saw big free agent signing Kenny Golladay and first round pick Kadarius Toney working out on the side, meaning that they’ll hopefully be back to fitness soon. Yet again, however, Saquon Barkley didn’t do any team drills as he continues to make his return from last season’s ACL injury.

The Browns, at least judging by beat writer reports, dominated the practices with Myles Garrett literarily breaking an exercise machine and David Njoku displaying some of the highlight reel ability which saw him selected 29th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Browns played incredibly well last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars and beat Urban Meyer’s team 23-13. That day we saw Case Keenum and Kyle Lauletta pass for 327 yards and 2 touchdowns. Not only that but Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah starred in the game, with 8 tackles and a sack, as the rookie played the majority of the game. 

Second-stringers Donovan Peoples-Jones and Demetric Felton had great games too, further building on the work that they’ve done through camp so far, and we’re likely to see both feature heavily with the Browns unlikely to keep their starters on the field long.

We could see Baker Mayfield get some time on the field on Sunday, which we didn’t see last week, and the Giants’ Daniel Jones is also likely to get his first snaps of the preseason. Both quarterbacks will be looking to use their short time on the field to start building towards campaigns in which both of them are looking to take the next step.

The Giants lost to their rivals the Jets 12-7 last week and will need to improve. With Jones on the field, however briefly, there is far more chance of that. He’ll get to connect with Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton as well as Evan Engram but beyond that he’s still missing Barkley, Golladay, and the rookie Toney, meaning it’ll be a tough ask for a team not blessed with great depth.

Kevin Stefanski has been very cautious throughout camp but his second-stringers are considerably better than those of the Giants and crucially in a game like this, Cleveland’s depth at offensive line is superior. I’m expecting the Browns to continue their rich vein of preseason form and cover yet again.

PREDICTION: Browns -5.5 (-110)

Over/Under pick

While the Browns’ backup offensive linemen are good enough to play for the majority of this game and beat the Giants, it’s their front seven depth that interests me the most when it comes to betting on the total.

If Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah picks up where he left off against the Jacksonville Jaguars then it’s going to be a long game for the Giants. JOK and defensive tackle Sheldon Day will be a handful and damage New York’s chances of putting up serious numbers.

It’s also going to be hugely interesting to see if Malik McDowell can make the field. The former Seahawk is yet to appear in an NFL game after suffering a head injury before his rookie season and then dealt with further off-field issues but has been given a shot by the Browns. I’m a huge admirer of his talent and still believe that he could be a difference-maker in the NFL.

If the Giants could only put seven points on the Jets, then it’s hard to see them getting enough here to make betting the over on this total worthwhile. Back the Under and take the money.

PREDICTION: Under 35 (-110)

Giants vs Browns betting card

  • Browns -5.5 (-110)
  • Under 35 (-110)

Picks made on 8/20/2021 at 2:30 p.m. ET

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