Bring me my Browns pants: New York Jets at Cleveland

Posted by: Charlie Smith
NFL Week 8 Odds: New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns

The New York Jets are the online football betting favorites to beat the Cleveland Browns, and why not? It’s not like everyone else hasn’t. Here are the odds for the game in case you would like to place one or two online football bets:

New York Jets -5½ (-110) 43 (-110) -245
Cleveland Browns +5½ (-110) 43 (-110) +205

The Jets (2-5) broke a four-game losing streak with a 24-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had justifiably lost his starting spot after throwing almost twice as many interceptions as TDs, got it back when Geno Smith injured his right knee after being sacked in the second quarter. Smith finished 4 of 8 for 95 yards and one scoring pass to wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, and Fitzpatrick went 9 of 14 for 120 yards and a TD pass to running back Matt Forte – who ran for 100 yards on 30 carries for another score.

As for the Browns (0-7), it was business as usual in week 7; another QB, another loss. Cleveland’s starting quarterback spot seemed like a revolving door; now it’s a veritable Russian roulette. Some people have a black cloud constantly overhead; Browns QBs have a sword of Damocles. Starting under center for Cleveland should be listed as one of the most dangerous professions in the United States. It’s a suicide mission. Long story short, Cody Kessler was concussed in the Browns 17-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, prompting coach Hue Jackson to send in his then-last signal-caller, Kevin Hogan – who might have as well yelled “Hissatsu!” at the top of his lungs as he took to the field. Hogan threw 12 of 24 for 100 yards and ran for 104 yards on seven carries and his first professional touchdown.

The following day, Cleveland claimed QB Joe Callahan – whose affairs are hopefully in order – off waivers. Nevertheless, Kessler remains optimistic that he will be cleared from concussion protocol and start against the Jets – which might improve the Browns online football betting odds, though not by that much either. If cleared by an independent neurologist, Kessler would be Jackson’s choice – although according to the head coach, Kessler must learn when to fold’em. And when to walk way. And when to run. And to never count his money when he’s sitting at the table. There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.

This just in: Kessler missed Wednesday’s practice, but Josh McCown has been cleared from his collarbone fracture. At this point, however, the Browns should probably just give up and start a crash test dummy as their quarterback. Their online football betting odds would be about the same, and it could actually end up saving lives. Cleveland’s six QBs are 152 of 249 (61%) for 1720 yards with 7 TDs and 7 interceptions. They have also been sacked 21 times. By way of comparison, Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan is 165 of 244 (67.6%) for 2348 yards with 16 TDs and four interceptions.