The Cleveland Browns open their 2012 season Sunday afternoon by hosting the Philadelphia Eagles at Browns Stadium. The Browns will turn to rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden, who won the starting job from veteran Colt McCoy during the preseason, and rookie running back Trent Richardson. The two first-time starters will look to provide firepower to the sluggish Browns offense. Philadelphia has no such problem, so long as Michael Vick remains behind center.
The Browns are nine-point underdogs to the Eagles, according to OddsShark.com. That marks a 2.5-point increase from the opening line of 6.5. Despite their 4-12 record in 2011, Cleveland was 8-6-2 against the spread. The Eagles went an even 8-8 against the spread in 2011.
Vegas has set the over/under at 43, putting some faith in the new Browns offensive attack. Last year's team hit the over just four times in sixteen games, with Philadelphia faring little better (7 over, 8 under).
The game will kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.