NFL Game Previews: Browns-Jets Matchup
NFL Game Previews: Browns-Jets Matchup

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Cleveland at N.Y. Jets (+2.5), 46.0 o/u – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EDT

Chalk it up to overconfidence or being overhyped, but the way the Browns collapsed in the second half against the Titans when things weren't going their way will need to be a one-week aberration, or what was supposed to be the team's return to the top could quickly turn into another season of crushing disappointment. There were plenty of things that looked pretty good in the opener until it all went off the rails, including the new Baker Mayfield-Odell Beckham connection, so there's a lot for Freddie Kitchens to build on if the club gets its collective head out of its keister. Fortunately, it will get to face a squad Monday that also blew a winnable game, but in arguably more embarrassing fashion. You'd have thought the Jets all had money on the Bills the way they threw that game away, and now they'll head into this one with Sam Darnold felled by mono, Trevor Siemian under center and plenty of other key players less than 100 percent healthy. Le'Veon Bell didn't even particularly thrive in this matchup back in his Steeler days — he only has three career TDs in six games against the Browns, compared to 15 in 16 against the Ravens and Bengals combined — but they'll need him to start earning his money.

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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