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NFL Matchup - Jets Browns Odds Preview

Cleveland BrownsNew York Jets
4-10December 22, 2013, 01:00 | MetLife Stadium6-8

Neither the New York Jets or Cleveland Browns are going to make the playoffs this season, so it's down to “pride” time for both teams heading into their match-up Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Even after losing to Carolina Sunday 30-20 New York was technically still alive in the hunt for the second AFC wild-card spot. But Baltimore beat Detroit Monday night, eliminating the Jets from contention.

How New York will handle its last two (meaningless) games of this season is uncertain; will they play for Coach Ryan's job, or pack it in?

As for Cleveland, it's lost five games in a row, after falling at home to Chicago Sunday 38-31. In the early betting Geno and the Jets were favored by a field goal over the Brownies at BetOnline.

The Browns will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 6-8 ATS against the number this season, while the Jets are 7-6-1 ATS. Cleveland is 8-5-1 on the totals; New York is 9-5.

View Cleveland Browns vs New York Jets Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks, including BetOnline, had set the Jets as -1-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was hovering around 40.5 earlier in the week (check for the current over-under lines at SportBet).

The Jets sit at No. 32 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Browns are at No. 26 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Browns will win this game 16-13.

In their last action, Cleveland was a 38-31 loser at home against the Bears. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (69) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Jets suffered a Week 15 loss against Carolina in their last game, falling 30-20 at Bank of America Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 31-ranked offense (17.57 PPG) against a Browns defense that ranks No. 22 at 25.86 PPG. The Jets passing attack has averaged 178.43 yards per game, less than the Browns give up through the air (225.14 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Browns own the league's No. 14-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 111 yards per game when on the road. New York, on the other hand, rates No. 7 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Browns at Jets trends to consider:
Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
Cleveland is 2-19 SU in its last 21 games on the road
NY Jets is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
NY Jets is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Jets's last 8 games
NY Jets is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, Sunday, December 29th
New York at Miami, Sunday, December 29th