The Browns should win, says Kieran O'Connor, but they won't. Read why in his preview...
It is just hard to tip up the Browns, they have conspired to draw and lose in their first two games of the season and bad plays and bad luck seems to follow them around this year.
New York Jets at Cleveland Browns
Friday September 21, 01:20
Live on Sky Sports
Gonzalez a goner as Browns react to defeats
It's a tough time at Cleveland lately. In truth they should have won at least one of their games this season. In week one they fought back against Pittsburgh, managed to tie it up late on but saw a Zane Gonzalez kick blocked. In week two, Gonzalez was again the main reason behind a defeat, this time in New Orleans where he missed two extra points and two field goals. It was a disastrous day for him and his team. One that you knew would lead to him being cut the next day and that is exactly what has happened. But have they solved the problem at kicker? Only time will tell.
In truth Zane has been a bit of scapegoat for the Browns. It's been 632 days and counting since Cleveland won a game, that was on Christmas Eve 2016 and while the additions of Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry and Myles Garrett have made the Browns a lot stronger this year the realty is they must win a game for anyone to take them serious and on Thursday night they are presented with a cracking opportunity to do just that.
Darnold with a point to prove
The Jets have been a bit of a Jekyll & Hyde team. I fancied them against the Lions on week one but certainly did not see them beating Detroit by 31 points, they rolled into Miami on week two with a three point handicap and a roster full of confidence and left with an eight point loss.
The Jets will go to Cleveland with Sam Darnold as quarter back, a player many expected to see at Cleveland. The Browns chased Darnold relentlessly, owner Jimmy Haslam sat with him at the pre-draft dinner having sat with his parents in the stands during his pro day at USC. All signs pointed to Cleveland drafting Darnold with their first pick, and then they drafted Baker Mayfield. No matter what he says, Darnold is heading to Cleveland to show the Browns what they are missing. Cleveland will also come into this game without the mercurial Josh Gordon at wide receiver. The Browns made the odd decision to announce they would be cutting the player on Monday on the Saturday before. Gordon has now gone to New England, the Browns have lost one of their few proven weapons.
Browns unbackable as favourites
The handicap for the action on Thursday is three points in favour of the Browns, which may surprise a lot of people. It's not every day that a team that has not win a game since 2016 are favourites! It is just hard to tip up the Browns, they have conspired to draw and lose in their first two games of the season and bad plays and bad luck seems to follow them around this year. Sixty percent of the Thursday Night games are won by the home team, the Jets are coming off a confidence destroying loss, the Browns should win, but, they probably won't
The Jets look like they are a bit more settled this season and while their team contains no one you could really call box office, with Crowell and Powell at RB and Robbie Anderson as their top wide receiver they look to be the value. Betfair have the Jets to win by 1-12 points at 2/1 in what will definitely be a close and probably low scoring game that is worth taking a chance eon.
In the touchdown market Anderson is 11/4 in the anytime Touchdown market. He is the focal point of the Jets' throwing game and looks the best value on offer.