2006 Season NFL Football Past Picks
August 10, 2006
This pick was released to clients on July 30, 2012 at 7:43PM ET.
Cleveland at Philadelphia
Thursday 08/10 07:30 PM Eastern
1 unit on Cleveland +3 (-110) (risk 1 to return 1.91) RESULT: LOSS
Well, Andy Reid "came through" for us on Sunday losing yet another preseason game. He's now 8-16 in exhibition games. I don't go against him and the Eagles every preseason game, of course, but I like Cleveland here for some additional reasons. First off, in contrast to Reid's approach to the preseason, Romeo Crenel appears to take it more seriously. Granted, we have but one year of data on Crenel but in 2005, he and the Browns went 3-1. Crennel is still a relatively new coach and he wants to break the Browns out of their losing tradition. This is their opener and they'd like to start off on the right foot. Philly meanwhile has been hearing since Sunday how great they looked with their starters on the field. ESPN analysts can't say enough about how great McNabb and Westbrook looked as they marched down the field for an easy touchdown. They are relatively complacent and have no reason to put forth a special effort in this game. And, after the starters left the game on Sunday, the Eagles looked bad as they scored just 3 more points while allowing 16. Their backups just couldn't do much. Cleveland starting QB Charlie Frye should see a bit more action than McNabb here as he needs the reps after taking over as the starter. And backing him up is Ken Dorsey who should do a decent job moving the ball. Brownies here plus the points.