The New York Jets (0-1) will host the Cleveland Browns (0-1) on Monday Night Football to wrap up Week 2 action. Kickoff is set for 8:15 EST at MetLife Stadium and will be televised on ESPN.
Oddsmakers originally opened the line at a pick’em, but quickly moved it to Cleveland -2.5. Then came the news that Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is out with mono, which jumped the Browns up even more to -6.5. The total opened at 46.5 and is down to 44.
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Jets vs Browns Betting Preview & Vegas Game Odds
Week 1 couldn’t have gone much worse for the Browns. Cleveland was a team a lot of people were extremely high on coming into 2019. Needless to say, not many expected the Browns to lose 43-13 at home as a 5.5-point favorite to the Titans.
Cleveland actually started out the game in with a 73-yard touchdown drive, but that was really the only positive to note. It was not a good day at the office for Baker Mayfield, who was sacked 5 times and threw 3 interceptions.
It’s one thing to lose, it’s another to get embarrassed. It’s going to be interesting to see how this team responds in what has to feel like a must-win with the schedule they got after this matchup.
New York Jets
New York also was on the losing end in Week 1, but there’s came in much different fashion. The Jets looked like a lock to start out 1-0 after they took a 16-0 lead midway through the 3rd quarter. It was almost as if they took their foot off the gas at that moment. Buffalo scored on each of their next 3 possessions to pull out a shocking 17-16 win.
Sam Darnold didn’t have a great game in the loss. He completed 28 passes, but for only 175 yards (4.3 yards/attempt). As for Le’Veon Bell, he had a decent day for his first action in over a year. Bell rushed for 60 yards on 17 attempts and had 6 catches for 32 yards, including a 9-yard TD catch to give them that 16-0 lead in the 3rd.
With Darnold sidelined indefinitely, it’s going to be up to Trevor Siemian to save New York’s season. He hasn’t exactly impressed in the pass, but you never know. Much like the Browns, this feels like a must-win with the Jets upcoming schedule.
While not in the same division, these two have faced off each of the last 4 years (largely because both kept finishing last in their respective divisions). Last year the Browns beat the Jets 21-17 at home as a 3-point favorite. That win snapped a 5-game winning streak by New York in the series.
Many of you probably remember last year’s matchup. It was a Week 3 matchup on Thursday Night Football. That’s when the Baker Mayfield era got underway. Mayfield replaced an injured Tyrod Taylor and helped the Browns snap a 19-game losing streak (second longest losing streak in NFL history).
NFL Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Browns -6.5
My early lean here would be lay the 6.5-points with the Browns. I know this is going to be a big public play, especially now that Darnold won’t play. I just want nothing to do with the Jets in this game, so it’s Cleveland or pass for mre.
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I maybe could have got to taking New York as a small home dog with Darnold, but no way am I putting my money on Trevor Siemian. Going back to 2016, out of all the quarterbacks with a 1,000 plays, he’s got the worst QBR out of all of them at 42.1. Just slightly ahead of Brock Osweiler at 46.1, Eli Manning at 47 and Blake Bortles at 48.6.
I think the Browns defense is going to make it really difficult on this Jets offense with Siemen under center. I have to think they are going to load the box to keep Bell in check and dare him to make plays down the field.
I also think Cleveland’s defense is a lot better than people might be thinking after they gave up 43 points to the Titans. That was a 15-13 game in the 3rd quarter before Tennessee’s Derrick Henry caught a 75-yard TD pass. Browns started pressing and gave up 21 points in the 4th.
As for Cleveland’s offense, the biggest thing people need to realize with that poor showing is they were going up against a really good Titans defense. Tennessee ranked 8th in total defense and 3rd in scoring defense. They were also 6th in the league vs the pass. I think the Browns thought it was going to be a lot easier than it turned out to be.
I think this is a good spot for the Browns offense to get back on track. I wouldn’t read anything into the Jets strong defensive game against the Bills. Buffalo’s offense looks to be every bit as anemic as it was in 2018. Jets defense should be improved, but you have to wonder how they can hold up with an offense that figures to struggle to score. Give me the Browns -6.5.