Monday Night Football Betting Preview: Browns at Jets
The expectations of any true contest between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football were extinguished with the news of Sam Darnold’s absence. New York will be without its young quarterback, who is out with mono. Also, running back Le’Veon Bell has a sore shoulder. Plus Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returns to the same stadium where he played as a member of the Giants.
The NFL betting line has shifted 3-4 points in favor of the Browns but this is hardly a cakewalk for Cleveland. The Browns looked awful last week, losing 43-13 at home to the Titans. All the hype surrounding Baker Mayfield and OBJ fizzled fast. New head coach Freddie Kitchens might have the perfect opponent Monday night for a bounceback, especially facing Jets backup QB Trevor Siemian.
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Betting Browns-Jets Against the Spread
The biggest issue the Jets (+6.5) will have in covering this line is simply keeping up. Siemian lacks arm strength and consistency, which will be a major hurdle. The Jets would have to play shutdown defense similar to the Titans, or just take advantage of another terrible performance by Mayfield.
The likelihood of the Browns, Mayfield, and OBJ covering this line is much more realistic. It stands to reason coming off a Week 1 loss, with a limited preseason, the Browns offense would bounce back against a weaker opponent.
Browns-Jets Moneyline Betting
An outright victory for the Jets (+225) seems as close to impossible as it gets, no matter where this game is played. Siemian doesn’t have to beat the Browns (-278) on his own, but even a totally healthy Bell doesn’t remove the lack of talent on the outside.
The Jets are looking to overcome injuries at the three key skill positions – quarterback, running back and wide receiver – not a great combo for success. The Browns’ chances of winning this game are reflected in how much you’re laying here. With all the talent they have on offense under Kitchens, it would take a major effort in the wrong direction for the Browns to blow this one.
Browns-Jets Over/Under Betting
Both teams struggled to put up any semblance of offense last week in their respective losses. Only one team is poised to turn it around. The biggest argument for the over is that poor quarterback play might equal turnovers. The Browns actually have enough talent on offense and the ability to cause turnovers on defense.
If you want to take a shot at the over, think a 38-10 scenario where the Jets hand the Browns a TD or two. The under comes more into play with the Browns and Jets both playing better defense than last week, equaling a tougher task in hitting the over/under of 44 points. Add the obvious struggles for the Jets on offense as another key factor.
Notable Browns-Jets Prop Bets
- Home Team Total Points O/U 19, -110
- Race to 20 points: Browns -270, Jets +200
- 1st Quarter Winner: Browns -196, Jets +124