NFL Tips: A 28/1 New York Jets @ Cleveland Browns Bet Builder for Thursday night

Andrew Cunneen reckons a strong defence will see Cleveland win.

New York Jets @ Cleveland Browns NFL Tips

Cleveland to Win
David Njoku to Score a Touchdown
Joe Flacco – Over 232.5 Passing Yards
Breece Hall – Over 31.5 Receiving Yards
Amari Cooper – Under 57.5 Receiving Yards

Friday 1:15am: New York Jets @ Cleveland Browns

Cleveland and the Jets, which sounds like an Elton John-themed version of a Family Guy rip-off, is your Thursday night entertainment.

I understand that’s mildly sobering – which you could probably do with any way – but we’re almost at playoff time, so everyone can just tolerate the weird scheduling they’ve put us through to this point.

The Jets and the Browns have been historically two sob stories. But coming into this year, New York were one of the favourites to win the AFC, while people genuinely believed if Deshaun Watson could find his form in Houston, that they’d go a long way too.

It’s not quite gone to plan, but in very different ways.

Cleveland are headed to the postseason, but spearheaded by a defense everyone had given up on after it failed to inspire last year, while the Jets’ entire morale push died after four snaps in Week One when Aaron Rodgers achilles tendon snapped.

If this sounds like a Stephen King story, then I’m probably underselling the tragedy, but hey – we do like watching car crash television do we not?

So sit back, put your feet up and let’s watch the Jeremy Kyle of Thursday Night Football matchups.

Cleveland to Win

The biggest issue I find with picking New York to win this is them scoring enough points against this defense.

You see, unlike the blubbering idiots that line out for the Commanders, the Brows know how to take away primary options and Garrett Wilson will be removed from this game rather easily.

When Trevor Siemian drops back and realises he’ll need to be accurate with the football rather than just lobbing it in a general area to convert third downs, this whole thing will fall apart.

David Njoku to Score a Touchdown

The New York gameplan in the red zone will be as follows:

Send pressure on Flacco so he has to move off the spot; bracket cover Amari Cooper; ensure Kareem Hunt has to stay in to block a blitzer. That leaves us with only one true target in the progression and that’s David Njoku.

The sizeable tight end has long-been considered on the periphery of very good and I think the chemistry that’s beginning to establish between he and Flacco could be the bond that launches him.

Joe Flacco – Over 232.5 Passing Yards

I’m not going to take the Commanders game in isolation when it comes to passing yards because the Jets played soft coverage and allowed them back into that game.

But one thing has been consistent about Flacco’s career and it’s that, if there’s an option to go deep, he’s going to take it.

Now, he’ll complete it about 40% of the time, but he’ll make three or four a game that should see this total land with comfort.

Breece Hall – Over 31.5 Receiving Yards

Trevor is going to check down more often than me walking a tightrope.

Given the success of Breece with ball in hand last week, you’d think him capable of winning this leg for you in a single play, but equally because, if there is a weak point in this Browns D, it’s through Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah’s handling of running backs.

Bad week to be in that hole.

Amari Cooper – Under 57.5 Receiving Yards

It might seem weird to pick this coming off the back of him setting a franchise record for single-game receiving yards, but he’ll be shadowed the entire game by Sauce Gardner and the best pure man cornerback in the NFL is about the only positive the Jets can take from the year of our lord 2023.

New York Jets @ Cleveland Browns NFL Tips

Cleveland to Win
David Njoku to Score a Touchdown
Joe Flacco – Over 232.5 Passing Yards
Breece Hall – Over 31.5 Receiving Yards
Amari Cooper – Under 57.5 Receiving Yards

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