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Spotlight on Wentz, Griffin as Eagles Host Browns in Season Opener

The Philadelphia Eagles will have rookie quarterback Carson Wentz at the helm when they play host to the Cleveland Browns in their regular season opener on Sunday afternoon.

Selected second overall by the Eagles at this year's NFL Draft, Wentz takes over as the club's starter after veteran Sam Bradford was dealt to Minnesota this past weekend.

Shark Bites
  • The Eagles are 4-1 SU in their past five Week 1 contests.
  • The total has played UNDER in the Browns' past five games.
  • The Browns are 0-9 SU in their past nine games as underdog.

Bradford led Philadelphia to a disappointing 7-9 record in 2015, missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five years.

But the Eagles finished strong with straight-up and against the spread wins in three of their final five, and were a perfect 4-0, both SU and ATS, during the preseason.

Cleveland also opens 2016 with a new play caller, as Robert Griffin III takes the reins following a lost season in Washington.

While Griffin's arrival has the potential to change the dynamic of a Browns offense that finished 30th in points scored a year ago, Cleveland still has a mountain to climb after going 1-10 SU, 2-8-1 ATS, down the stretch last year before going winless in the preseason.

The Browns have posted SU losses in their past 11 season openers and were SU losers in their past four against the Eagles, but managed to cover in three of those contests.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The point spread was settled in at -7 for the host Philadelphia Eagles earlier in the week, according to Bovada. The over under betting line was hovering around 46, with odds movement expected during the week at MyBookie.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 31-10 win for the Eagles. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Cleveland Browns vs Philadelphia Eagles Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Philadelphia Eagles currently sport a record of 7-9, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-9 ATS. The Cleveland Browns are 3-13 and 5-10-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Philadelphia Eagles post a 8-8 over under record this season, while the Cleveland Browns have gone 8-8 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Philadelphia vs Cleveland injuries news.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 31-rated Cleveland Browns taking on the No. 28-rated Philadelphia Eagles in this betting contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Philadelphia's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 23.56 PPG, against a Browns defense that ranks No. 29 this week at 27 PPG. The Eagles aerial game is averaging 255.44 yards per game, more than the Browns secondary allows through the air, 250.75 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Cleveland Browns own the league's No. 31-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 139.25 yards per game when on the road. Philadelphia, on the other hand, rates No. 21 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Browns suffered a Week 17 loss against Pittsburgh in their last game, falling 28-12 at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Sam Bradford led the way last time out for the Eagles, connecting for 320 passing yards and a 35-30 victory over the Giants at MetLife Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 2-8-1 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Cleveland is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 7 games
  • Philadelphia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Philadelphia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland home to Baltimore, Sunday, September 18th
Philadelphia at Chicago, Monday, September 19th