The New York Jets are headed to the dog pound to take on the Cleveland Browns, in a game that could be a little extra special for one veteran player. Quarterback Joe Flacco, a former Jet just last season, has had a career resurgence in Cleveland after taking over for the injured starter Deshaun Watson. Flacco would surely love to continue his high-level of play against his former team, as they opted not to sign him as a free agent after losing their starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the year, just four plays into the season, due to an Achilles tear.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Browns are currently favored over the Jets in this one. We have been using Tallysight to get our picks in each week, so sign up at Tallysight for submitting your own bets.
Flacco played for the Jets in 2020, and then had a second stint with the team in 2022, but he never received a call from New York as a free agent even though the Jets were having some of the worst QB play in the entire league this season. One has to wonder if New York destroyed their own playoff hopes by not resigning Flacco earlier, something their head coach had to address, as Flacco has gone 3-1 as a starter in Cleveland with 1,321 yards and 10 touchdown passes. To put that in perspective, the Jets have only scored 10 touchdown passes total in the entire 2023 season thus far.
Flacco’s only loss came in his first start against the Los Angeles Rams, but he has not lost again since, and has Cleveland sitting at a 99% of making the playoffs in the AFC according to the New York Times. Meanwhile, the Jets’ season is all but finished as they are already eliminated from the playoffs, and are prepared to go into the game against the Browns with Trevor Siemian under center, as Zack Wilson was already ruled out again.
I am taking the Browns to cover the spread and win the game on Thursday night. While I believe in Flacco, the Jets defense is the only formidable part of their team, so I am taking the under in this one. I think New York will do just enough to at least keep the Browns offense somewhat in check, but far from enough to pull out the underdog win.