Browns at Jets - 9/13/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Browns (7-9) at New York Jets (4-12)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm (MetLife Stadium)
The Line: New York Jets -3 -- Over/Under: 40 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Browns and New York Jets play Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.
The Cleveland Browns look to build on a seven-win season and chase a playoff berth for the first time since 2002. Josh McCown takes over for the Browns at quarterback while Johnny Manziel waits in the wings until things go wrong. The good news for Cleveland is that there are offensive weapons with upgrades at wide receiver with Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline, while Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson Jr. form a nice, young running back tandem. The Browns ranked 27th last season in scoring offense. Defensively, last season the Cleveland Browns ranked 23rd in total yards allowed and ninth in scoring defense. The Browns have a very underrated defense with solid players such as Randy Starks, Joe Haden and Paul Kruger leading the way. Cornerback Justin Gilbert is questionable with a hip injury.
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The New York Jets turn to new coach Todd Bowles to get back on track after just four wins last season. Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick takes over for the Jets while Geno Smith nurses a broken jaw. The Jets have potential offensively with Brandon Marshall joining forces with Eric Decker on the outside, and running back Chris Ivory is coming off back-to-back 800-yard rushing seasons. The Jets ranked just 28th in scoring offense last season. Defensively, the New York Jets finished last year ranked sixth in total yards allowed and 24th in scoring defense. Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie form one of the better cornerback tandems, while rookie Leonard Williams is likely to provide an immediate impact. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley is questionable with a concussion.
The Browns are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games in Week 1. The Jets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. AFC and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September. The favorite is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
This is a tough gae to cap give that both teams are in the same position. Both the Jets and Browns have promising defenses and are slowly moving in the right direction, but subpar QB play is holding them back. In a toss up game, I'm going to side with the Jets simply because they're at home. However, there are far better games on the board this weekend.