Cleveland Browns vs New York Jets Odds - NFL Predictions Week 1

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Week 1 Predicitons: Browns vs Jets Odds Week 1 Predicitons: Browns vs Jets Odds New York -3, Total 39½

When the New York Jets signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the offseason, everyone figured the Harvard grad and 10-year NFL veteran would serve as a capable backup and mentor to starter Geno Smith. Then, the locker room incident occurred. With Smith out with a broken jaw, Fitzpatrick will lead the Jets to start the 2015 season in their opener against the Cleveland Browns. Even with Smith out for their opening match-up, Browns vs Jets odds still favor New York at home by a field goal (-3) while NFL predictions for week 1 on the over/under total expect a low scoring affair set at 39½. The New York Jets will be playing their first game under new head coach Todd Bowles, the former Arizona defensive coordinator. The defense got better the minute Bowles was hired.

It got even better when cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie were signed in the offseason. The Jets also have a budding star in DT Sheldon Richardson, though he is suspended for the Week 1 game against the Browns. First round draft pick Leonard Williams (6-4, 302) is another monster on the defensive line on a defense that was sixth in the league last year in total defense. Offensively, Fitzpatrick will have the luxury of throwing to accomplished receivers in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, the team’s leading receiver a year ago. There is nowhere to go but up for the Jets passing game which finished last in the NFL last year. The running game should be solid with leading rusher Chris Ivory (821 yards) returning and the addition of former Patriot Stevan Ridley. That being said, Bowles' squad should have that experience needed on both sides of the ball to cover the 3-point spread as home favorites in Cleveland Browns vs New York Jets odds for week 1.

Expectations are even higher in Cleveland this season in year two of the Mike Pettine regime. The Browns were 7-4 and poised for a playoff berth in 2014 until reality set in and they dropped their five games in a row. Quarterback Brian Hoyer is gone and Josh McCown is in. He will be backed up by Johnny Manziel who is still learning how to be an NFL quarterback. The Cleveland Browns offense does not feature many big names and one of its best players, TE Jordan Cameron, is gone having signed with Miami in the offseason. The offense will have to improve on third down and its overall completion percentage (the Browns were worst in the NFL at 54.6 percent). NFL predictions for the week 1 match-up have Cleveland posted as 3-point road underdogs since their last meeting at New York (2013), was a 12-9 loss. The season opener (Sunday, September 13th) between the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets can be seen live on CBS at 1:00pm EST from MetLife Stadium.

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    The Chip Kelly experiment continues as new starting quarterback Sam Bradford takes over one of the NFL’s best offenses. Kelly, of course, is well known for his offensive innovations and has helped the Philadelphia Eagles to back-to-back 10-plus win seasons. The Eagles get a chance to continue and get back to the postseason when they open Monday Night Football with a trip to the Georgia Dome to face the Atlanta Falcons. Bradford, who has missed the better part of the past two seasons with knee injuries, is finally healthy enough and is in command of the up-tempo Eagles offense. He is surrounded by a wealth of talent including last year’s NFL rushing leader RB DeMarco Murray. Jordan Matthews and rookie Nelson Agholor give Bradford youth but ample talent at the wide receiver positions. Eagles vs Falcons odds favor Philadelphia on the road by a field goal (-3) while NFL picks for week 1 on the over/under total are set at 55½.

    The former Rams QB, Bradford was the 2010 Offensive Rookie of the Year after starting all 16 games. He then played in roughly half of the team’s next 64 games suffering knee injuries in consecutive seasons. The Eagles opponent, Atlanta, welcomes new head coach Dan Quinn, former defensive coordinator in Seattle. Quinn’s first task will be improving a defense that finished dead last in the league in total yards allowed per game (398.3). Quinn and the Falcons selected undersized hybrid LB/DE Vic Beasley of Clemson in the first round and acquired Adrian Clayborn in the offseason to help. Along with LB Justin Durant, the defense should improve at least enough to take some of the pressure off of the offense. If Atlanta is going to have any chance of covering the spread as home underdogs in Eagles vs Falcons odds, the defense must be able to slow down the potent Philly offense.

    Quarterback Matt Ryan enjoyed his fourth straight 4,000-yard season last year, but he and the rest of the Falcons offense must work under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan this season. There have been some struggles with the new zone-running based offense and problems with the offensive line have not helped. Atlanta has actually beaten Philadelphia the past two times that the two teams have met. Ryan threw for seven touchdowns in those two meetings. It is doubtful he will have that kind of success Monday night. Look for Philadelphia to have a lot of offensive success against a struggling Atlanta defense. The week 1 season opener (Monday, September 14th) between the Eagles and Falcons can be seen live on ESPN at 6:55pm EST from the Georgia Dome.

  • New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys Odds - NFL Predictions Week 1

    The New York Giants would love nothing more than to start the 2015 season with a win over their NFC East division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys will be looking to win back-to-back division titles for the first time in over a decade. No team in the division has repeated in 11 years. The Giants winners of two Super Bowls in the 2000s, have not tasted much success lately and last season was dreadful. After starting the season 3-2, the Giants running game and defense disappeared on the way to seven straight losses. The club did finish the season 3-1 but must address their running game and a defense that allowed 395.3 yards per game in 2014. Giants vs Cowboys odds in Vegas favor Dallas by nearly a touchdown (-6) while NFL predictions for the week 1 total have been set at 52.

    New York will be without the services of Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul who injured a hand over the summer in a fireworks accident. Pierre-Paul finally met with Giants representatives after missing all summer team activities and preseason training camp. His status is still uncertain. New York will also be without the services of star wide receiver Victor Cruz, who is still not fully recovered from a patellar tendon injury suffered last October. What the Giants do have is QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr., the NFL’s breakout star of 2014. In just 12 games, OBJ had 1,305 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. Manning, despite the Giants inability to run the ball, still enjoyed a decent 2014 season tossing 30 touchdowns compared to just 14 interceptions. Manning will need to control his turnovers in week 1 if New York is to cover the spread as underdogs in Giants vs Cowboys odds.

    Dallas, which has beaten New York four straight times, will rely on the arm of quarterback Tony Romo who led the NFL last year with a passer rating of 113.2. The ground game may suffer some as last year’s leading rusher, also the league’s leading ground gainer, DeMarco Murray is now in Philadelphia. Murray will be replaced by Darren McFadden, Christine Michael, Lance Dunbar, and Joseph Randle. Romo will still have WR Dez Bryant as his top receiving target. Bryant, who just signed a five-year, $70 million deal in the offseason, led the league in receiving touchdowns last year with 16. The Cowboys defense will be without DE Greg Hardy until late October and LB Rolando McLain will miss the season’s first four games due to suspension. Still, the Cowboys should have enough to win its fifth straight over the Giants.

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