The New York Jets (1-13) will host the Cleveland Browns (10-4) on Sunday. This matchup will be the sixth straight season that the Browns and Jets have played each other. Last season, Cleveland defeated the New York Jets 23-3 as a 6.5 point road favorite on September 16. In 2018, the Browns defeated the Jets 21-17 as a three-point home favorite.
The Browns are coming off of a 20-6 win against the New Giants. The Jets won their first game of the season last Sunday, upsetting the Rams 23-20.
The line has moved slightly toward the hosts in this battle of AFC teams in different situations. Cleveland opened as a 10.5-point favorite on the road when the lines came out. That line now shows the Browns as giving seven or 7.5 points at the majority of sportsbooks. 78 percent of the bets ATS for this contest are in favor of the Browns giving the points on the road.
The total for this game opened at 45.5 points. Since then, it has dropped to 43 points at the majority of sportsbooks. As it stands, a large majority, 65 percent, of the bets on the total are looking for this one to go over the total.
Game-time Weather: It’s going to be a chilly afternoon in the Garden State for this one. At kickoff, temperatures are expected to be in the high-30s under mostly sunny skies. The temperature will climb into the low-40s throughout the contest. There is no chance of precipitation in the forecast during this contest. Winds are expected from the south-southwest around six miles per hour with the wind gusts reaching eight miles per hour.
Browns looking to clinch playoff berth
With a 10-4 record, the Cleveland Browns would be the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs if the season ended today. The Browns are coming off a 20-6 win on the road against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football. Cleveland outgained the Giants 392 to 288 in total yardage and 24 to 14 in first downs, with neither team turning the ball over. Baker Mayfield led the way completing 27 of 32 passes with two touchdowns and 297 yards.Baker Mayfield has been a huge topic of discussion around the national media this season regarding his inconsistent play and whether he is a franchise quarterback. Overall, Mayfield has performed well, ranking fifth in the NFL with a 76.8 QBR, throwing for 3,082 yards with 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Cleveland’s offense ranks 12th in the NFL, averaging 26.3 points per game, and 10th with 375.4 total yards. The Browns are led by its running game, which is averaging 152.6 rushing yards per game, which is third in the NFL. Despite missing four games this season, Nick Chubb has 10 rushing touchdowns and is fifth in the NFL with 931 rushing yards and third averaging 5.6 yards per attempt. Kareem Hunt has played in every game this season and has produced 793 rushing yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry and three touchdowns. Hunt has also caught five touchdown passes out of his 34 receptions and 259 receiving yards.
The Browns defense is 23rd in the NFL, giving up 26.7 points per game, and 20th allowing 371.4 yards. The Browns are 23rd at defending the pass with 222.8 yards allowed and 12th with 111.2 rushing yards to opponents.
The Browns still have not yet clinched a playoff berth; however, a win over the Jets combined with either an Indiappolis loss, Baltimore loss or tie, or a Miami loss or tie will send the Browns to the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season.
Cleveland Browns Injury Report:
OUT: WR Odell Beckham Jr., DT Andrew Billings, S Grant Delpit, T Drake Dorbeck, G Drew Forbes, G Colby Gossett, T Chris Hubbard, WR Jojo Natson, DE George Obinna, G Malcolm Pridgeon, WR Taywan Taylor, G Wyatt Teller, DE Curtis Weaver, CB Greedy Williams, DE Trevon Young
Jets win first game
The year 2020 has been a complete disaster for the Jets. New York’s offensive woes have been the main cause for the team’s struggles as the team is dead last in the NFL, scoring 14.7 points per game while allowing 29.5 points per contest, which is 28th. The Jets haven’t done well moving the ball on the ground or through the air, again ranking dead last with 168.2 passing yards per game and 23rd with 102.9 rushing yards. Sam Darnold hasn’t seen much success in year three of his NFL career, cranking 30th with a 43.2 QBR. Darnold has completed 59.7% of his passes and 1,767 yards per game with six touchdowns and nine interceptions in the 10 games he has played this season.
After losing their first 13 games of the season, the Jets finally gained their first win last Sunday, knocking off the Los Angeles Rams 23-20 as a massive 17.5 point road underdog. The Jets were outgained 303 to 289 in the win, but they did force a turnover while not committing any. Darnold completed 22 of 31 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown. The Jets did rush for 93 yards on 31 carries led by the 37-year old future Hall-of-Famer Frank Gore who toted the rock 23 times for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively the Jets rank 29th in the NFL with 392.7 yards allowed per game, with opponents passing for 279.8 (30th) and rushing for 112.9 yards per game (14th) on the season.