Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns
Thursday, September 16, 2020 – 8:20pm EST FirstEnergy Stadium
It’s like the NFL oddsmakers didn’t watch Week 1. The Cleveland Browns scored six points against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1 and allowed 38, getting beat up as they’ve been for years.
Meanwhile, the Bengals were one pass interference call away from winning their first game of the season. They were also one chip shot field goal away from tying the game. Joe Burrow, the rookie quarterback for the Bengals looked sharp, especially on the final drive of the game. He’ll have some momentum going into this one, knowing the Browns allowed the Ravens to score 38 points and allowed nearly 400 yards on offense.
Last season, the Bengals got rid of Andy Dalton and drafted Joe Burrow. Even without a reliable quarterback last season, the Bengals still beat the Browns in Week 17, 33-23. The Bengals now have Joe Burrow and a healthy A.J. Green on their offense.
The Browns defense pressure Lamar Jackson 30 percent of the time in the first game of the season. The Browns blitzed 36.7 percent of the time and hurried Jackson seven times in that game. Still, that didn’t stop Jackson from scoring multiple touchdowns passing the ball.
Burrow likes to utilize tight ends. We’ve seen this at LSU and now with the Bengals. Jackson was able to find Mark Andrews in the endzone twice. The Browns really don’t have a solid secondary and have trouble defending tight ends in recent years.
The Browns are not a heavy favorite in this game. The Bengals were so close to winning against the Chargers. Why can’t they stay in this game against an overhyped Browns team that can’t figure out their offense and has a bad defense in general?
Blitzing Burrow could help the Browns. If they can rattle a rookie quarterback, things will be good. But Burrow didn’t look rattled against the Chargers. He threw a stupid interception and came back the following drive to lead his team down the field with no timeouts and gave them a chance to win or tie.
San Francisco 49ers vs New York Jets
Sunday, September 20, 2020 – 1:00pm EST MetLife Stadium
The New York Jets are likely the worst team in the NFL. It was apparent in their first game against the Bills. Now the team has lost Le’Veon Bell and Denzel Mims for a solid portion of the season. Sam Darnold really struggled to find any time in the pocket against the Bills and got lucky with a passing touchdown to Jamison Crowder who broke three tackles on a little five yard route for the score.
Frank Gore is now the starting running back for the Jets. Sure, he’s a future hall-of-famer, but he’s not performing like it anymore. The 49ers were shocked by the Arizona Cardinals. With a new offense, the Cardinals took some time to figure things out but when they did, the Cardinals were a tough out on the offensive end.
The 49ers struggled to get turnovers on defense against the Cardinals but if you remember anything last season it’s that the 49ers defense is very good and can execute takeaways in a hurry. Jimmy Garoppolo of the 49ers didn’t have many receiving targets to throw to last Sunday but he still had 259 yards passing and two scores.
Tight end George Kittle is questionable which is even more concerning regarding their health at wide receiver with Brandon Aiyuk also questionable. The Jets allowed the Bills to score all over them in their game. The Bills scored on 45.5 percent of possessions against the Jets. The Jets couldn’t force an interception and allowed 410 yards on defense, which is the exact amount the 49ers allowed.
I’m not saying the Bills offense is amazing. I’m just going to say that the Cardinals offense has more reliable weapons compared to the Bills, even though the Bills added Stefon Diggs. The Jets forced a couple fumbles against Allen but those fumbles were mainly Allen’s fault and he also had some airmail throws that made the Jets look better.
The Jets will end up starting slow in this one against a fierce 49ers defense that wasn’t that fierce on Sunday, while the 49ers should come out fast against a Jets defense that couldn’t do anything right.
NFL Pick: 49ers +3.5 1H (-110) at BetOnline