Football gambling fans were surprised by the Cleveland Browns upset home win over the Cincinnati Bengals but doubts remain with NFL gambling handicappers.
The Cleveland Browns will host the Atlanta Falcons at 1:05 PM Eastern on Sunday with a FOX telecast. Sports-Gambling opened with Atlanta as a 3 point road favorite and with an over/under of 41.
There were more than a few questions about the legitimacy of the Atlanta Falcons after their opening day loss at Pittsburgh against a Steeler team down to third string at quarterback. But Atlanta has roared back with wins over Arizona, New Orleans, and San Francisco to stand at 3-1 straight up and 2-2 with the football odds.
The Falcons offense continues to get better by the week and ranks 6th best in the NFL. The attack is one of the better balanced in the league as quarterback Matt Ryan has an 86.3 QB rating with a 6/3 touchdown/interception ratio.
Michael Turner has rushed for 281 yards while Jason Snelling has 226. Roddy White already has 32 receptions for the season. The Atlanta defense has also been solid and ranks 6th for points allowed.
The Cleveland Browns are coming off their first win of the season as they upset the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 as 1.5 point home dogs to improve their record to 1-3 straight up and 2-2 with the NFL odds. Cleveland ranks an equally bad 22nd in the NFL for both offense and defense.
Seneca Wallace continued to fill in for injured starting quarterback Jake Delhomme and passed for 184 yards and a touchdown last week while Peyton Hillis gained 102 yards rushing with 1 touchdown.
The defense also improved against Cincinnati with 4 sacks and 2 takeaways. Wallace now has an 82.2 QB rating and the status of Delhomme and his ankle is still up in the air for this matchup.
The biggest danger for Atlanta in this football gambling matchup would be to take the Browns lightly as Cincinnati found out last week. Cleveland plays hard for head coach Eric Mangini and nearly knocked off the Baltimore Ravens the week before.
Atlanta should be able to move the ball on the Browns and as long as they don’t turn the ball over and make mental errors they would rate the edge.