[1:00 PM] Jets @ Browns

Who will WIN this matchup?

New York Jets (2-5)

@ Cleveland Browns (0-7)


Current odds:

New York Jets: (-135)

Cleveland Browns: (+115)


ESPN simulations have New York as XX% favorites to win the game.

XX% of sports bets are currently on New York to win as (TBD) underdogs.

Ryan Fitzpatrick won’t be the only quarterback to return to the starting role when the New York Jets visit the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Josh McCown is expected to return for the Browns as they look for their first win of the season and attempt to snap a 10-game losing streak overall.

Fitzpatrick was clearly irritated with his demotion and let the entire organization know about it with a terse interview after last week’s game. Fitzpatrick, however, was a big part of the problem for the Jets, who rank 30th in the league in scoring at 17 points a game and had 12 starters miss practice time do to injuries during the week. Center Nick Mangold looks like he’ll miss the game with an ankle injury and key contributors Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, Bilal Powell and Muhammad Wilkerson are all questionable.

Playing for his sixth NFL team, McCown is in his 14th season and is the best pure passer among the stable of Browns quarterbacks, but is just 18-40 in 58 career starts. Offensively, Cleveland has fared pretty well on the season, ranking 13th in the league behind the steady play of running back Isaiah Crowell, who has 495 yards rushing with four touchdowns. Pryor, who has also become one of the most dynamic receivers in the league with 435 yards receiving and a team-high three touchdown receptions, was limited with a leg injury last week but is healthy again. Cleveland’s best defensive player, defensive back Joe Haden, has been slowed by a nagging groin injury.

The last time Fitzpatrick returned to the lineup after being benched, he came back to throw six touchdown passes in a 2014 game against Houston.

Cleveland may give Kevin Hogan some time under center after the rookie from Stanford ran for 104 yards and a touchdown in Cincinnati last week.

The Jets rank fourth in the NFL defending the run and held Baltimore to just 11 yards last week.


StreakSmarts Pick: New York Jets

Confidence: 4/10

StreakSmarter Pick