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2013 NFL Preseason Week 3 Picks: Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts

Jeff GrantContributor IAugust 20, 2013

2013 NFL Preseason Week 3 Picks: Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts

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    The Cleveland Browns first-team defense has allowed just three points in two preseason games, which is important to consider when making your NFL picks on Saturday as it prepares to take on the Indianapolis Colts' powerful first-team offense at Lucas Oil Stadium.

    Courtesy of SBR Forum, the Browns are 2.5-point road underdogs in the pro football odds, with the betting total sitting at 42.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this AFC matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way. 

Cleveland Browns

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    The Cleveland Browns have compiled a 2-0 straight up and against-the-spread record in the 2013 NFL preseason, including a 24-6 victory over the Detroit Lions as 1.5-point home favorites last Thursday.

    Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden has led the offense to three touchdowns and two field goals in six series over the first two games.

    Tim Daniels noted on Tuesday morning that Weeden was officially named the Week 1 starter. 

Indianapolis Colts

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    The Indianapolis Colts have split the first two games on their exhibition schedule. They are coming off Sunday's 20-12 victory over the New York Giants as two-point road underdogs.

    Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has demonstrated great chemistry with wide receivers T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne in preparing for his second season as a professional.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the UNDER in this contest, as the NFL oddsmakers have inflated the betting odds due to the early success of Andrew Luck and Brandon Weeden through two preseason games.

    NFL Pick: Under 42.5

     

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