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TNF Predictions Week 17 | Browns vs Jets

Sam WagmanSports Content Editor
@swagman95
Last Updated: Jan 4, 2024

It’s been very interesting to watch rookie WR Puka Nacuas rise from an unheralded Day 3 draft pick this past April to one of the stars of the NFL in such a short time. He did it once again in this one, going for 165 yards and a score as the Los Angeles Rams knocked down the New Orleans Saints 30-22.

We have only one more Thursday Night Football game left for the 2023 season, and it’s a matchup that I’m sure the schedule makers were thrilled about in April, but right now it’s a bit of a snoozefest in the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets, both of whom lost their starting quarterbacks to injury plenty of weeks ago.

We’ll break down this game from our betting perspective and give you some of our favorite bets and props, so let’s dive into it.

Sam Wagman’s 2023 TNF Betting Record: 20-16 (+4.3 Units)

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Browns vs Jets Implied Score

Browns 21.5, Jets 13.5

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Browns vs Jets TNF Matchup and Prediction

Trevor Siemian vs Joe Flacco. That’s what we get for the final Thursday Night Football matchup of the 2023 season. In some way, it’s truly a microcosm of what we’ve seen this entire year, where quarterback after quarterback has either gone down with an injury or gotten benched.

This all just goes to show that the NFL isn’t predictable. Each year we go into the season with fresh eyes, hopeful that injuries won’t rear their head and every player will play up to expectations. It never quite goes that smoothly, though, and these two teams are a perfect example of both sides of that coin.

On the one hand, you have the Cleveland Browns, who at the beginning of the season, looked positively lost without Deshaun Watson playing to the standards of his contract. Then Watson went down, and after the team brought Flacco in off the street, the team really started playing tough football and punching teams in the mouth with their strong defense and Falcco’s willingness to push the ball down the field.

On the other side sit the New York Jets, who lost incoming franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the season after only getting four total snaps in. Immediately following this loss, they tailspinned out, bogged down by the subpar quarterback play of Zach Wilson, Tim Boyle, and Siemian.

The one thing that these two teams have in common besides the fact that they’re both rocking backup quarterbacks? Strong defenses, and that should be the theme of this football game.

The Browns have consistently been one of the strong defenses all season long, and despite Flacco having five interceptions in his past two games, that defense has led them to a ten-win record so far. The Jets haven’t been quite as lucky with having a competent offense to get points on the board, but their defense, especially the secondary, has been just as good, and I expect that defense to be on full display in this game.

Given what we know here, this could be an ugly game, and we are way overdue for a classic Thursday night stinker. Hold your nose, take the under of 35.5, and run for it.

Pick: UNDER 35.5

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Sam Wagman

Sam is the Sports Content Editor for The Game Day. He has been in the sports media industry for 4 years, with stints at VegasInsider, Footballguys, and Fantasy Points. Sam specializes in fantasy football content creation and strategy as well as sports betting content strategy with an NFL and PGA focus. Originally from Philadelphia, he enjoys all Philly sports despite now living in Florida. He enjoys playing tennis, pickleball, and golf -- while constantly struggling to break 80 on the course.

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