The New York Jets enter their NFL Week 2 matchup in Cleveland as the betting odds underdogs against the Browns.
Gang Green looked like the same ol’ New York Jets in Week 1, losing to the Baltimore Ravens 24-9. The offense’s inability to finish drives with touchdowns stood out as the most notable point from yet another opening season loss.
Despite coming off a season opening loss at home, the Jets remain hopeful heading into the Week 2 matchup in Cleveland. Head cacoh Robert Saleh told the media he likes his team to bust out soon enough.
“I know that all the praise we’ve gotten in the offseason and the draft picks and the free agents, all of that is real. We have a really, really cool team,” Saleh said. “Now it’s on us as coaches to extract that out of them and get them to play better faster, which I think we will and I know we will. It’s going to happen. When? We’ll all know.”
Here’s a look at the best betting odds for this NFL Week 2 contest between the Jets and Browns.
Best Betting Odds for Jets at Browns
Jets bettors see an opening line spread of six points at most sportsbooks for this game between AFC rivals. The Look Ahead line for this Jets and Browns battle initially had Cleveland favored by 4.5 points, but following the Browns Week 1 win and another inept offensive performance from New York, sportsbooks faded the Jets even more.
The opening total for this contest, back when sportsbooks assumed the starting quarterbacks in this game would be Zach Wilson and Deshaun Watson, started at 45.5 at FanDuel. Once the Watson’s suspension came down and Wilson suffered his preseason injury, the total dropped at most sportsbooks to around 42.0. Since then, it’s continued to slide, getting down below 40 across the board, making it the lowest total for the week.
NFL Week 2 Preview: New York Jets at Cleveland Browns
The Jets’ offense managed just 83 rushing yards and registered 295 yards through the air. Saleh said last week that the earliest we’ll see Wilson (knee) will be Week 4, so Joe Flacco expects to get the start once again in Week 2.
Flacco threw for 307 yards, completing 37-of-59 attempts. He threw one interception and managed a garbage-time touchdown, too. Michael Carter led Gang Green’s rushing attack with 60 yards on 10 carries, and Corey Davis stood out as the top receiver with six catches and 77 yards.
The Jets defense limited Baltimore to just 63 rushing yards, a serious feat considering the Ravens feature one of the league’s best ground games. But they’ll face another formidable opponent in Cleveland, one that saw Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt chew up 217 yards in Week 1.
The Browns held on in Week 1 to score a 26-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers and their former starting quarterback, Baker Mayfield. Cleveland cruised to a commanding lead early but allowed Carolina to creep back into the game late. The Panthers took a 24-23 lead in the final minutes before Cade York rescued Cleveland with a 58-yard game-winning field goal.
Browns starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett threw for 147 yards, completing 18-of-34 passes, with one touchdown and no interceptions. He flashed chemistry with Donovan Peoples-Jones, who totaled six receptions for 60 yards.
Betting Trends Affect Jets, Browns Odds
Several betting trends affect the odds in this matchup between the Jets and Browns. The Jets finished the 2021 season with a 2-5 mark against the spread as the road team. New York’s 0-7 against the spread in their last seven games in September.
Meanwhile, Cleveland’s gone 10-9 against the spread after a win under head coach Kevin Stefanski. The total has hit the under in four of the last five matchups between these clubs.
Last season, Cleveland went 1-3 against the spread as favorites of 6.5-points or more. The Jets managed a 3-5 mark against the spread when listed as an underdog of 6.5-points or more last season.
The Jets enter this one with a 6-2 mark against the spread in the last eight meetings between these clubs. That said, the favorite holds a 10-1 edge against the spread in the last 11 games in this matchup.
Cleveland comes to this contest 0-4 against the spread in its last four games as a home favorite, and 8-20 against the spread in its last 28 contests against an AFC rival. However, the Browns have covered six of their last eight games at home against a team with a losing record.
Although 39.5 points stands out as a low total figure for this contest, only nine games in Week 1 crossed that threshold. The Jets have seen the Under hit in each of their last five September ballgames. Cleveland has seen the Under hit in five of its last six games as the betting favorite and four of the last five as a home favorite. The Under is 6-0 in the Browns’ last six games against teams with a losing record.