Browns at Jets week 1 – pick & analysis

Cleveland Browns TT Under 17 -110
I was leaning this bet since a few months and with the news of another WR being out, I just had to bite. The Browns offensive line is a very solid one, but the Browns offense as a whole struggled against good defenses last season. They scored 10 vs. the Bills, 7 vs. the Texans, and 21/10 vs. the Ravens and 13 vs. the Panthers. All those teams had a good pass rush last season and atleast solid coverage. The Ravens were missing two starters on their secondary in the first game. Since Damon Harrison is the NT for the Jets, they have had a top-5 run defense over three years. Todd Bowles knows how to defend the run and I expect no difference today against the likes of Isaiah Crowell and a Duke Johnson (who might not be 100%).
The Jets have a very good front seven and will make the life of Josh McCown difficult today. Todd Bowles will open the gates of hell on third down situations. I also love this secondary matchup. Revis, Cro, Skrine, Pryor & Gilchrist against Hawkins, Hartline, Benjamin and Gabriel. Revis will take Hawkins or Hartline away and then Josh McCown has to beat the other guys while feeling pressure from the Bowles’ schemes – can’t see that. Buster Skrine is a very good slot defender and had an awesome camp. Some guys around the training camp said he was the best defensive player on the practice field. All in all, I can’t see the Browns moving the ball and scoring more than 10-14 points.

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