Neither one of these teams got their desired results in the first week of the season, and one of them will fall to 0-2 by the end of the night. For the Browns, Tennessee had them broken, beaten and scarred, as they forced Baker Mayfield into turnover after turnover, and toasted the Cleveland defense for the duration of the game. After an early touchdown drive, the Browns’ offense would struggle for the remainder of the contest. Improvement time.
The Jets, on the other hand, have only themselves to blame for their loss. They were up 16-0 on the Bills after Le’Veon Bell had a touchdown and two-point conversion, but they would not score again. And they would allow Buffalo to score 17 unanswered points to come in and win in New York’s building. Things were not too hot after their decent start to the game, and now they have to beat a tough opponent to avoid the 0-2 start.
The spread favors the visiting Browns by 6.5 points, and the over/under is set at 45.
Cleveland Looking To Bounce Back
The Browns made some serious moves to try and improve this offseason coming off a 7-8-1 finish, and a whole lot of hope was instilled for the first time in a long time. Mayfield had a big rookie season, as did rookie RB Nick Chubb. But, they managed just 13 points and allowed a Titans team not known for its scoring to drop 43. Mayfield has two fantastic targets in Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., along with young tight end David Njoku. He has plenty of guys to throw the ball to, so there is no reason for all the interceptions. If he does not cut down on them, things will be tough.
In prime time, any mistakes they make will be magnified. But it is worth noting that these two teams’ meeting a year ago under the lights (Thursday Night Football) is where Baker made his debut and brought the team back. Deja vu?
Jets Need Some Hope
It is a week in which they will be without many of their starters, including QB Sam Darnold, who was diagnosed with mononucleosis earlier this week. And so Trevor Siemian is set to make his first start since leaving the Broncos, spending last season as Kirk Cousins’ backup in Minneapolis. He always showed flashes of potential in Denver but never did anything truly special. He is hoping that with this opportunity with the Jets, he can prove to all the GMs out there that he could be a potential deadline target, or to the Jets that he can step in whenever.
They have some big players on their D who really need to step up. Baker does not throw well under pressure, so if they can get to him early, it could give them the edge they need.
Baker Outduels Siemian
Make sure to bet on the Browns, folks. They will come away with the win in the Meadowlands.
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