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Harry Gagnon’s Week 2 Monday Night Matchup: Browns vs Jets

Cleveland Browns vs New York Jets Week 2 Monday Night Football

NFL Week 2 Monday Night Matchup: Cleveland Browns vs New York Jets

Cleveland -3 @ New York | O/U 46

This is a rematch of a contest between these two teams from a season ago that the Browns won 21-17 at home. That was the game in which QB Baker Mayfield got his first shot in the NFL and he was very efficient as he completed 17 of 23 passes and hooked up with WR Jarvis Landry eight times for 103 yards.

Meanwhile, Jets QB Sam Darnold struggled that night, connecting on just 50 percent of his passes and tossing two interceptions without a TD.

Darnold won’t have a chance to redeem himself since he has been ruled out for Monday night due to having “mono.” This line was Cleveland -3 but with this news, mixed with RB Le’Veon Bell having an MRI done on his shoulder, the public jumped all over the Browns and shot the line up to as high as -7 at some books. The total moved from 46.5 down to 44 as well.

Both Teams Looking to Rebound in Week 2

Both the Browns and Jets are coming off disappointing losses in Week 1 and now find themselves in must-win scenarios. The Jets after Monday night are at New England, at Philadelphia, and then home for Dallas and — guess who — the Patriots again. That is possibly the most brutal four-game stretch anyone will have to go through this season, but especially without their starting quarterback.

On the flip side, the Browns’ next five games are against teams that won last week and that list includes the Rams, Ravens (put up 42 points by half), Niners (had two pick-sixes), Seahawks and, there they are again, the Patriots.

Can Baker Get Back on Track?

Mayfield was awful last week vs the Titans, throwing three interceptions, but I can see him bouncing back, especially since he has more weapons on offense as a whole than new starting QB Trevor Siemian and the Jets do.

Le’Veon Bell bailed the Jets out from a tough day offensively as he made a great catch on third down for a touchdown and made a better catch for a two-point conversion after. The Jets still, however, lacked big plays from receivers down the field and I think that is on Darnold. He makes the offense too predictable and I don’t see that changing a whole heck of a lot with Siemian, where Mayfield will make plays and take shots, especially with Landry and Beckham.

Expect a Big Game for Chubb

I also can see Mayfield using tight end David Njoku properly when needed and running back Nick Chubb gets to the corners and has a big game running the ball.

By game’s end, lay the 3 points and the Browns & Baker bounce back, and get in the win column for head coach Freddie Kitchens.

Prediction: Browns 27, Jets 16. Chubb gets 100 yards and a TD, and from inside the 10-yard line David Njoku will find pay dirt for the second week in a row. The Jets offense continues to struggle finding points and big plays on Monday night.