Cleveland at New York Jets
Time: 7:15 PM CST, Monday, ESPN
Spread: NY -7
Odds c/o 5dimes
The Cleveland Browns badly lost its Week 1 matchup 13-43 to the Tennessee Titans. In Week 3 it visits the New York Jets for Monday night football. The Browns are 7-point favorites over New York in a game with an over/under set at 45 points according to NFL Oddsmakers at 5dimes.
The game will kick off at 7:15 PM CST Monday night on ESPN.
The Browns are hoping its cold start is nothing more than a mirage, coming from a team with high expectations that are used to dealing with losing seasons.
In its opener, it resembled the Browns we have known, losing badly to Tennessee while not controlling any facets of the game. Baker Mayfield threw 25 of 38 for 285 yards, but he threw just one TD pass while launching three interceptions and suffering five sacks. Nick Chubb helped make up for some of that with his 75 yards on 17 carries, but he did not have enough help.
Outside of Chubb, the Browns managed just 27 rushing yards on just three other attempts. Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry did a fine job as No. 1 and No. 2 receivers with 138 yards and 11 catches between them. But the Browns defense was not good: It surrendered 123 rushing yards and 248 passing yards, as Marcus Mariota threw for 248 yards and three TDs while rushing for 24 more yards on three carries. Titans’ RB Derrick Henry also battered the Browns for 84 yards and a TD. The defensive effort will have to be much better to give Cleveland a chance to take its season opener as an underdog this week.
The New York Jets lost its season opener at home, falling 16-17 to the Buffalo Bills as Josh Allen completed a 38-yard TD pass to John Brown to take the lead with just three minutes left to play.
Sam Darnold threw 28 of 41 for 175 yards and a TD, but he averaged just 4.3 yards-per-completion and he was sacked four times for a total loss of 20-yards. Darnold rushed just once for no gain. No. 1 running back LeVeon Bell had a huge game, but not one punctuated by big plays. He rushed 17 times for 60 yards (3.5-per-carry) and caught six passes for 32 yards and a TD (receiving). Jamison Crowder caught 14 passes for 99 yards, and he missed just three targeted passes. Crowder also had the long-catch of the day with a 19-yard reception.
The Jets fumbled twice and lost one at the hands of Quincy Enunwa, but both Steve McClendon and CJ Mosley recovered fumbles, one of those coming at the hands of Bills’ offensive player Trent Murphy. Trumaine Johnson led the defense with eight tackles (7 solos) and Darryl Roberts and Neville Hewitt each had eight tackles as well (with 6 and 4 solos, respectively).
Jets’ punter Lachlan Edwards punted seven times for an average of 43.4 yards placing five of those seven within the 20-yard line and landing a long-punt of 54-yards. Kaare Vedvick missed his only field goal of the game and he also missed his PAT. That should be a source of concern moving into Week 2 in what could be a very close one again.