Jets vs. Browns Point Spread: NFL Week 2 Odds, Prediction

Daniel Coyle | Updated Sep 15, 2022

The Cleveland Browns will be aiming to open their schedule with consecutive wins for the first time since 1993 when they host the New York jets on Sunday in NFL Week 2 action.

N.Y. Jets
7-5
AT
September 18, 2022, 1:00 PM ET
FirstEnergy Stadium
Cleveland
5-7
Pointspread +6.5 -107
Moneyline +219
Over / Under o +38.5

23%

Betting Action

77%

Pointspread -6.5 -112
Moneyline -264
Over / Under u +38.5

23%

Betting Action

77%

The Browns escaped with a narrow 26-24 win in Carolina last weekend, which also marked the team’s first season-opening victory since 2004. The Jets travel to Cleveland on the rebound after being outclassed in a 24-9 loss to visiting Baltimore Ravens, and will be searching for just their fifth victory in 26 road contests.

Jets vs. Browns Betting Odds and Analysis

There has been plenty of line movement since the Browns opened as 6-point favourites. Backed by 77% of sports bettors, Cleveland briefly improved to 7-point chalk before settling back to its current position at -6.5. The total has also fluctuated since opening at 42.5. It briefly climbed to 43, but with 52% of the betting action backing the UNDER, it has since dipped dramatically, to 40.

Sunday afternoon’s matchup at FirstEnergy Stadium marks the first meeting between these AFC rivals since 2020, and the Jets’ first visit to Cleveland since 2018. The Jets snapped a two-game straight up slide against the Browns with a 23-16 home victory in their last matchup two years ago, and have now claimed outright victories in six of eight matchups since 2007 including wins in three of four road meetings. Low scoring has been commonplace in recent head-to-head clashes. These two teams have mustered an average of just 33.5 total points over their past four dates, fueling a steady 4-0-0 run for the UNDER. In addition, home teams have struggled to reward loyal bettors, going 1-4-0 against the spread in their past five tilts. However, four of their past five meetings have been settled by seven or fewer points.

The Browns have effectively contained opposing offences as home chalk, surrendering 16 or fewer points in five of their past seven. However, they have covered just twice over that stretch. However, they face a Jets squad that has claimed victory in just two of their past 29 when pegged as road underdogs by six or more points, and covered just three times in their past 15.

New York Jets

The absence of starting quarterback Zach Wilson loomed large in the Jets’ season-opening loss to Baltimore. With Wilson sidelined by a knee injury, the Jets turned over their offence to veteran pivot Joe Flacco, with disappointing results. The 38-year-old mustered 309 passing yards and a garbage-time scoring pass. However, the overall sloppy play of Flacco, his receivers, and the offensive line, which allowed him to be sacked three times was not well received by fans in attendance. Flacco is once again expected to lead the Jets attack, but he may forced to make do without tackle George Fant, who has missed practice due to a knee injury, and receiver Braxton Berrios, who was limited at practice due to a foot ailment.

Cleveland Browns

No Deshaun Watson? No problem for the Cleveland Browns last week, as they overcame adversity to eke out a narrow 26-24 win over their former quarterback Baker Mayfield and his new Carolina Panthers teammates. The Browns almost let the 20-7 lead they took into the fourth quarter slip away, and needed a field goal with just over a minute remaining to seal the victory. Veteran quarterback Jacoby Brissett was steady while guiding the Browns attack, tossing for 147 yards and one score. More important was Brissett’s effectiveness at driving the Browns into range for the game-winning field goal.

Nick Chubb remained a force in the backfield, scampering for a game-high 141 yards. Equally important was the importance of the Browns defensive line, which harassed Mayfield all day, racking up four sacks, one pick, and forcing four fumbles. A similar performance could make it a long day for Flacco and the Jets.

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