Monday Night Football Betting Preview: Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets - Week 2

Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets
Monday, September 16th - 8:15PM ET - MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Betting Line: Cleveland -2.5, Total 45.5

So, it wasn't the start to the season most had anticipated for Cleveland. The Browns did Browns things. On paper, this is one of the most talented young teams in the NFL. None of that potential was on display this past Sunday. The Browns lost 43-13 at home to the Tennessee Titans.

The Browns had all the hype going into the season. They built it off of the performance of Baker Mayfield's rookie season, the acquisitions of Odell Beckham Jr. and Kareem Hunt, plus all of their existing electric pieces on both sides of the ball.

Baker Mayfield scored as many touchdowns for the other team as he did his own. Mayfield completed 66% of his passes for 285 yards. He threw for one touchdown and three interceptions. It didn't help that he was under pressure for a good portion of the game and gave up five sacks.

Odell led the receivers with 7 catches and 71 yards. David Njoku caught the lone touchdown pass from Mayfield. Nick Chubb had a productive game and would have produced more had Cleveland not had to pass the ball 38 times. Chubb rushed for 75 yards on 4.4 yards per carry. He was the only player to carry the ball more than once for the Browns.

Things didn't go as expected for the Jets on in their opening game either.

New York led 16-0 in the third quarter. They were dominating on defense early and forced several turnovers. Josh Allen threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles while only mustering up three points.

It all came crashing down for the Jets in the fourth quarter. The Bills scored the last 17 points of the game, 14 in the fourth quarter and completed the comeback for a 17-16 win.

Le'Veon Bell, making his debut for the Jets, rushed for 60 yards. He caught a touchdown pass and converted a 2-point conversion.

Second year quarterback Sam Darnold launched the ball 41 times in Week 1. He passed for just 175 yards and a touchdown. His favorite receiver was Jamison Crowder, who caught 14 passes for 99 yards. Darnold threw no interceptions but was sacked four times.

This wasn't the performance the NFL expected from either team when they slated them to highlight the first lone Monday Night Football game of the season. What can we expect in Week 2?

The Browns are too talented to be this bad for too long. Tennessee showed up to play in Week 1. The Jets may not be as effective given what we saw last week.

Baker showed last year that he's a good quarterback. He plays with a chip on his shoulder. Losing the way Cleveland did at home will light a fire under this Browns team. I like Cleveland to win and cover in New York in Week 2. Give up the two points and make some green on the Browns.