It has been a profitable run of NFL picks for myself, and we’ll look to close out the holiday season with more winners. Week 16 sees a complex set of Sunday action, but many hold big playoff implications for the new year.
While both the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets are currently trending in drastically different directions, their remaining regular season matches will go a long way into determining their future. For the Browns, it’s another shot at a long coveted playoff spot, and potentially the AFC North divisional title. Meanwhile for the Jets, it has to be focused on losing to secure the right to draft Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence in the spring. Last week’s surprising win really threw a curveball at those plans for the Jets.
This week it will be intriguing to see how the 1-13 Jets approach this match-up. They’re currently tied with Jacksonville in terms of their record, and while yes, they are professionals – Lawrence by all accounts is a generational talent ready to lead a franchise to glory. For further news on that front, as well as a game breakdown and betting wager, continue on beneath the posted odds as we look to secure yet another NFL winner. Enjoy!
Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets Betting Odds:
Cleveland Browns -6.5 (+100)
@ New York Jets +6.5 (-120)
Over 44.5 (-110)
Under 44.5 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets Pick:
Baker Mayfield has been a lot better of late, and even with the absence of star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., this Cleveland attack hasn’t missed a beat. They’ve moved the ball with precision and excellent play-calling, and there’s very little chance of the Jets slowing them down on Sunday.
New York has big issues and injury problems within their secondary, so expect big outings from Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins. On the round, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt form an impressive running back duo that should eat up the clock and keep the Jets guessing throughout.
Last week’s Jets’ offense really came out of nowhere to stun one of the league’s top stop units in Los Angeles. Sam Darnold looked good in the pocket and comfortable with his reads, but let’s chalk that up to a bit of mirage. The Rams clearly took their foot off the gas and drastically underestimated the lowly Jets. With a division crown on the line, don’t expect the Browns to do the same.
Cleveland’s defense has gotten much healthier of late, with Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams returning from injury. Darnold won’t be able to find his targets downfield, and with a win already saving them for futility – it remains to be seen how ‘up’ for this contest the Jets truly will be.
Darnold will also likely be forced to endure heavy pressure from the Browns’ vicious defensive front and pass rush, and without time and space – Darnold has shown weaknesses within his young career. New York is also expected to be without Quinnen WIlliams, Harvey Langi, and Javelin Guidry – three key losses that really won’t give them much of a shot here.
Lightning isn’t going to strike twice. The Browns will take this game very seriously and take full advantage of the Jets’ crucial absences. Expect Cleveland to control the game with a heavy rushing attack, en route to a comfortable Week 15 win.