The Jaguars won in a fantastic finish against Houston last week while the Browns suffered an overtime loss to the New York Jets. Even though the Jaguars are at home and have a better record than the Browns, they are just barely favored in NFL betting in this contest.
Browns Getting a Lot of Respect
I guess when you beat New Orleans, New England and lose in overtime against the New York Jets you are going to get some respect. Cleveland is just 3-6 this season but gamblers like the look of the Browns with Colt McCoy at quarterback. Cleveland has been very good since McCoy took over as the starting quarterback. They have a very good running game led by Peyton Hillis and McCoy is making very good decisions at quarterback. Cleveland had every chance to win last week’s game against the Jets but lost in overtime.
The Jaguars have won six of the last ten in this series but they are 4-5-1 against the NFL betting point spread in those games. Last season the Browns won 23-17 at home against the Jaguars. The Browns have actually won the last two in this series as they also won in 2008 by a score of 23-17 at Jacksonville.
Is Jacksonville for Real?
The Jaguars definitely got a little luck last week in their win over Houston but even if they had not hit the Hail Mary pass they still could have won that game in overtime. If the Jaguars can win this game they would get to 6-4 and be a serious playoff contender. If they lose this game they would fall to 5-5 and be a total fraud. Anything is possible with this year’s Jacksonville team. They can look great and awful, even in the same game. They were great against the Texans in the first half last week and then awful in the second half until the last play of the game. The Texans have a rotten defense so it is hard to give Jacksonville too much credit for last week’s win but hey, a win is a win.
If the Browns are to have a letdown in NFL betting online then this is the game. They have played three of the best teams in the NFL the past three weeks and now they go on the road to face Jacksonville. It is a tough spot for Cleveland.