NFL Playoff Showdown: Browns vs. Jets - Flacco's Surge, Wilson's Woes, and Nostalgic Throwback Unis

In-depth betting preview for the Thursday Night football matchup between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns.

TNF preview for Jets at Browns

Playoff Stakes and Team Dynamics

Thursday Night Football
sets the stage for an AFC clash as the New York Jets (6-9, 5-9-1 ATS) face the Cleveland Browns (10-5, 9-5-1 ATS). While the Jets have bowed out of playoff contention, the Browns are in the playoff hunt, holding the 5th seed in the AFC. Fresh off a commanding 36-22 win against the Texans, Cleveland is poised as a 7-point favorite for the upcoming matchup at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 EST.

Jets' Quarterback Situation and Offensive Standouts

In the latest update on the Aaron Rodgers saga for the 2023 season, it's official that he won't return due to the team's lack of playoff contention. The Jets await medical updates on Zach Wilson's concussion recovery. If Wilson is sidelined, Trevor Siemian, who started in the previous week's win over Washington, will take the reins. NY Jets TNF previewSiemian, a 31-year-old veteran, posted a 27-49 for 217 yards performance with a 1-1 TD-INT ratio in his last outing.

The Jets' offensive highlights feature Breece Hall's stellar performance with 95 rushing yards and two touchdowns, coupled with 96 receiving yards. Receiver Garrett Wilson is on track to surpass 1,000 yards this season, averaging 63.9 yards per game with three touchdowns. Surprisingly, tight end Tyler Conklin, with 54 receptions, is yet to score. The Jets' offense struggles, ranking 30th in the NFL with 15.4 points per game, while their defense holds a 14th-place ranking, allowing 21.0 points per game. Linebacker CJ Mosely leads the team in tackles with 136, and Bryce Huff leads in sacks with eight.

The Jets face injury concerns with key players like Zach Wilson, Duane Brown, John Franklin-Myers, Justin Hardee, and Greg Zuerlein listed as questionable.

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Browns' Playoff Push and Offensive Resurgence

For the Browns, Week 17 is pivotal, and a win against the Jets would secure a playoff berth. Cleveland, with three different starting quarterbacks this season, is currently on a three-game winning streak led by veteran Joe Flacco. In their recent victory over the Texans, Amari Cooper took the spotlight with 265 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Cleveland  Browns preview TNFFlacco has become the offensive catalyst, throwing for over 300 yards in each of the last three games, albeit with a 10-7 TD-INT ratio in the past four games. Jerome Ford is the leading rusher for the Browns, averaging 49.5 yards per game and boasting four touchdowns. The Browns' offense, under Flacco, has seen an uptick in passing, with Ford registering less than 30 rushing yards in the last two games. Cooper, ranks 6th in the NFL in receiving yards and has thrived with Flacco under center. The Browns' offense also features tight end David Njoku and wide receiver Elijah Moore.

Cleveland's offense ranks 10th in the league with 23.0 points per game, while their defense ranks 12th, allowing 20.7 points per game. Notably, the Browns' defense leads the league in yards allowed, conceding only 260.3 yards per game. Linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah leads the team in tackles, and Myles Garrett leads with 13 sacks. The Browns' defense has been effective, recording 25 takeaways, while the offense has turned the ball over 32 times.

The Browns have injury concerns with Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Kareem Hunt, Marquise Goodwin, Geron Christian, Joel Bitonio, and Martin Emerson Jr. listed as questionable. Despite Flacco's recent success, turnovers remain a concern for the Browns.

Coaching Excellence and Challenges Ahead

Cleveland's head coach, Kevin Stefanski, is in contention for NFL Coach of the Year, having guided the team to 10 wins with four different starting quarterbacks. However, Flacco's turnover-prone tendencies and the Jets' formidable pass defense, ranking second in the league, pose challenges for the Browns. Additionally, the Browns' running game has suffered due to offensive line injuries, averaging just 55 rushing yards per game in the last three outings.

While the Jets have recently scored 30 points twice, these feats came against struggling defenses. Facing the Browns' defense, which has held 11 opponents to fewer than 300 total yards, the Jets are unlikely to reach the 30-point mark. Notably, Myles Garrett, the Browns' defensive end, has been a force at home, generating the most total pressures in Week 15, with 11 combined sacks, hits and hurries.

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Spread: Jets +7.5 (-115) / Browns -7.5(-105)
Money line: Jets +275 / Browns -345

Throwback Uniforms and Fan Nostalgia 

Both teams will don throwback uniforms for Thursday Night Football, adding a nostalgic touch to the game. The Browns, in their white throwback jerseys, helmets, and pants, pay homage to the franchise's inaugural look in 1946. The iconic white helmets, absent since 1952, made a return in 2022 following the league's allowance of alternate helmet shells. Fans have embraced the classic design, with memorable victories tied to the throwback uniforms, creating a sense of nostalgia for the Browns' historic look.

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