The New York Jets will travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns on Thursday night. This game will kick off week three of the NFL season. The Cleveland Browns are -3 over the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football.
Cleveland has shown signs of improvement this season, but are still looking for their first win. The Browns were able to force a tie in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Saints. The New York Jets obliterated the Detroit Lions in their season opener before taking a step back in a week two loss to the Dolphins.
Crowell Leads Jets Running Attack
Former Cleveland Browns running back, Isaiah Crowell is having a solid season with the Jets in 2018. Crowell has racked up 137 yards on 22 carries this season while finding the end zone twice. Veteran Bilal Powell has been a solid second option for the Jets who will try to use the running game to keep pressure off of their rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. The Browns have been great against the run this season, but Crowell should still find some running room in this game.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles has been very happy with his defense so far this season. The Jets have forced seven turnovers through two games in 2018, and have already intercepted five passes. Linebacker Darron Lee leads the team with two interceptions and provides great leadership for this talented unit. The Jets defense should be able to force more turnovers against the Browns.
Browns Bring in New Kicker
The Cleveland Browns could very easily be 2-0 if it weren’t for kicker Zane Gonzalez. Gonzalez missed four kicks in the week two loss to the Saints, and was released by the team earlier in the week. Cleveland signed rookie kicker Greg Joseph who played collegiate football at Florida Atlantic University. The Browns offense should be able to convert more drives into points with a more accurate kicker.
The Cleveland defense is full of elite talent, and the Browns have played defense at a high level this season. Rookie Denzel Ward is off to a terrific start in the NFL, and has already intercepted two passes this season. Former number one overall pick, Myles Garrett, has forced two fumbles and also recorded two sacks this season for the Browns. The Cleveland defense will keep them in ball games all season long, but the offense has to win them.
Browns Blowout Jets
The New York Jets looked like a top NFL team in week one, but their offense fell flat in game two. Sam Darnold is going to be a terrific NFL quarterback, but the Browns feature a terrific defense. Look for the Jets to struggle to score in this game.
Cleveland is determined to get their first win of the season, and Thursday night feels like the right time. The Browns fans will be rocking for this game, and the team will respond. Look for Cleveland to earn a decisive victory in this game. Bet on the Cleveland Browns -3 over the New York Jets in the Thursday Night Football game for Week 3.