NFL Football Betting: Cleveland Browns at New York Jets

NFL Football Betting:  Cleveland Browns at New York Jets

The first Sunday of the 2015 NFL season features a pair of losing teams from a year ago as the Cleveland Browns travel to take on the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The Browns were 7-9 a year ago but may have made a bad personnel move in losing their most effective quarterback in recent years–Brian Hoyer–who moved to Houston via free agency and is now the starter for the Texans. The Jets were 4-12 in 2014 but are now under a new head coach in Todd Bowles. The Jets have their own issues–their starting quarterback Geno Smith will miss at least the first month of the season after being sucker punched by a (former) teammate during training camp.

The Browns are something of a mess and the fact that they flirted with .500 last season is more of a fluke than anything else. More significantly, the 7-9 record was achieved with the aforementioned Brian Hoyer under center and the team’s record otherwise has been dismal in recent years. Cleveland is on a 1-15 SU run when Hoyer doesn’t start and that’s appropriate since they’re also 1-15 SU since they rejoined the league in 1999. They’ve now got a serviceable at best quarterback in Josh McCown as their starter and not much else in the way of NFL experience on the depth chart. The NFL’s favorite party boy Johnny Manziel is his backup for better or worse. Cleveland signed veteran Austin Davis as their #3 quarterback but will sorely miss the steadying presence of former South Carolina Gamecocks standout Connor Shaw. Shaw is well liked by teammates and had a realistic shot to win the starting job before he was forced to undergo season ending thumb surgery.

The Jets have a decent defense and for all of their struggles in recent years are 8-8 SU in their last 16 home games. They actually have a winning record against the pointspread on their home field (9-7) and should be excited for the new regime and their coach’s first game. Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t a bad quaterback and will be a competent starter while Smith is on the shelf–he likely has a better head for the game than Smith and is reunited with Chan Gailey–he’s the Jets’ new offensive coordinator but worked with Fitzpatrick during his head coaching run in Buffalo.