Tonight’s Monday Night Football fix isn’t your traditional soccer match up as the Cleveland Browns travel to the Big Apple to face the New York Jets.
Although you can flick over and watch the class, top drawer spectacle of the Aston Villa v West Ham match if you wish….
Before the season started these two teams were tipped for greatness with a whole host of new faces on the playing and management side introduced.
Both teams signed offensive minded-coaches for this upcoming season, with the Browns promoting Freddie Kitchens within the ranks and Jets hiring former Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase.
Similarly both teams added shiny new offensive superstars, the Jets luring Running Back Le’Veon Bell to New York in free agency and the Browns trading for former New York Giants Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Both have also started the season with a 0-1 record. Who will get the upper hand tonight and get their season back on track?
Going into this game the home-team the Jets are carrying injuries. QB Sam Darnold who is considered a future franchise player, has been ruled out of the game in what is a huge loss. Star Running Back Le’Veon Bell is likely to play, despite suffering a concussion in the previous outing.
Also to add insult to injury is that big-money free agent signing CJ Mosley hasn’t practiced all week. A key figure in their defense who had an immense week one performance. I feel the loss of Darnold and Mosley may open up too much of a gap to fill on both sides of the ball.
The Browns got shut out by the Texans 43-13 last week and will be out for revenge, who better to take your anger out on than an injury-riddled opponent?
Expect the Browns to cover the -6.5 handicap and prove why they are one of the best upcoming teams in the league. My flashy friend Baker Mayfield will be more than happy with this selection.
The talking point going into this week’s match up has been with former Browns head coach, now Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
OBJ accused Williams of teaching ‘cheap shots and dirty hits’ to his players, believing Williams targeted him in a pre-season game in 2018 when Beckham played for the Giants. Williams responded with a smart ‘Odell who?’ when asked about the comments in a recent press conference.
This games talk point with Williams v Beckham, is certainly an interesting one heading into tonight’s contest. Will it effect the game?
Williams will invent a game-plan to halt OBJ’s impact on the game. This may be the wrong thing to do, as you can’t forget about the Browns other offensive weapons like Nick Chubb, Jarvis Landry and David Njoku.
Yes, you know where this is going. Odell-Beckham is no stranger to drama and the big lights (he was fined this weekend for wearing a wear that costed a few quid or two)
From he came into the league the 26-year old has totaled over 1,000 receiving yards in four out of five season. The one season he didn’t in 2017 was due to a season-ending injury.
A reliable figure for any offense who averages 17.7 yards per catch. The Browns will look to use his quick pace to get their team off to an early start.
*All prices correct at time of writing*
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