Odds, expert Week 2 NFL picks

Our NFL betting expert, Action Network’s C. Jackson Cowart, brings you his finest Jets vs. Browns predictions and picks for his or her Week 2 showdown, which is stay Sunday on CBS at 1 p.m. ET.

Get prepared for a battle of backup quarterbacks in Cleveland, the place journeyman signal-callers Jacoby Brissett and Joe Flacco face off in a matchup that solely a bettor might love.

Brissett is enjoying the position of prolonged fill-in for the favored Browns, who’ve a title-worthy roster however don’t fairly look the half with Deshaun Watson (suspension) on the sidelines. Things aren’t fairly as rosy for Flacco and the Jets, although their protection has the expertise to shock on this one.

Here’s how we’re betting Sunday’s contest, which kicks off at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Browns vs. Jets prediction

Browns vs. Jets preview and evaluation

At full power, this might be a compelling matchup between two groups with playmakers on either side of the ball. That isn’t what we’ll see on Sunday.

Sure, each groups nonetheless boast dynamic skill-position weapons round their backup quarterbacks, however neither are well-equipped to get probably the most out of that expertise given their struggles underneath heart. That’s very true for the Jets, who merely couldn’t develop any rhythm offensively in final week’s loss to the Ravens.

It’s not like they didn’t have alternatives. Flacco threw the ball a whopping 59 instances on Sunday, his third-most makes an attempt in a recreation throughout 177 career begins. The Jets scored 9 factors consequently. They have been abysmal on third down, changing simply 2-of-14 makes an attempt, they usually crossed midfield simply twice within the first three quarters earlier than padding their stats in rubbish time.

Jets QB Joe Flacco
Jets QB Joe Flacco
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It wasn’t all unhealthy for New York in that loss, although. This younger and proficient protection quietly held Baltimore’s offense to 274 complete yards and simply 13 first downs, which was tied for the second-fewest by any crew in Week 1. If it weren’t for a few busted coverages and completely thrown balls by Lamar Jackson, it may need been a completely completely different end result.

The Jets doubtless gained’t have to fret about such downfield strikes from Brissett, who was pedestrian at finest in final week’s last-second win in Carolina. The seven-year veteran accomplished simply 52.9% of his passes for 147 yards and completed with zero completions of a minimum of 25 yards. That shouldn’t come as a lot of a shock – the Browns appear content material to let operating backs Nick Chubb (141 yards) and Kareem Hunt (46) carry the load offensively and ask as little as attainable from Brissett.

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That may be sufficient to eke out a win on Sunday, but it surely doesn’t bode effectively for over bettors. In 38 career begins, Brissett has led his crew to 19.9 factors per recreation and averaged simply shy of 1 passing landing per recreation. Flacco has been equally inept since leaving Baltimore in 2018, throwing 15 touchdowns in 14 begins and main his crew to fifteen.4 factors per recreation.

It doesn’t assist that either side are coping with accidents to their beginning proper tackles, which might show pricey in opposition to two aggressive defensive fronts. This is actually a low complete, however when the market exhibits this little religion in two offenses, it’s normally price listening to. Since 2020, video games with a complete beneath 40 are 7-4 to the underneath with a 1-0 document already this year.

Browns vs. Jets odds (through BetMGM)

  • Browns -6.5 (-110), moneyline -275
  • Jets +6.5 (-110), moneyline +225
  • O/U 39.5 (-110)
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