The Cleveland Browns (3-2) are coming off a stunning victory over their division rivals the Pittsburg Steelers. The Browns slaughtered the Steelers 31-10 with the ground game racking up 158 yards. The Browns are the Cinderella story of the 2014 NFL season. If the Browns are going to win this week, they’ll need to keep running the ball and finding the end-zone.
The Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6) are coming off another loss, this time to the lowly Tennessee Titans. The Jaguars are once again the cellar-dwellers of the NFL and look to continue their losing ways at home this week. If the Jaguars are to win they’ll need to get an early lead by passing the ball down field.
Jaguars Vs Browns Week 7 Odds
Here are the odds from Betonline.ag
Browns -5.5 (-110)
Jaguars +5.5 (-110)
Browns: Cleveland is one of the best teams running the ball. The Browns are averaging over 140 yards a game. Ben Tate is Cleveland’s primary halfback while Isaiah Crowell is the spell-back. Crowell averages over five yards a carry while Tate averages a little less than five yards. Both backs are capable of shouldering their share of the running duties. If Brian Hoyer can continue to avoid turnovers and the ground game runs for over 100 yards, then the Browns will win easily. On the other-side of the ball, the defensive unit of the Cleveland Browns has struggled mightily to stop the run. The Jaguars’ defensive unit has been one of the worst in the league. If the Browns can’t find away to keep the Jaguars’ anemic running game in check this week, then they’ll struggle to cover the spread.
Jaguars: Jacksonville is the worst team in the league. The fact that everyone knows that Jacksonville is awful is their biggest advantage. No one is afraid of them. This is the NFL where every team can win any week. By underestimating the Jaguars, their opponents might play down to the competition. If Cleveland comes to Jacksonville unprepared and does not execute, the Jaguars could pull off the upset. Jacksonville is hungry for a victory. The biggest issue for the Jaguars is their inability to run the football. The Jaguars are last in the league in running the ball. Don’t expect that to change. They don’t have enough talent at the position. Guys like Toby Gerhart just aren’t good enough at this level. Usually rookie quarterbacks are not asked to shoulder too much of the offensive responsibility. The Jaguars, however, do not have that luxury. They’ll need Blake Bortles to keep the drives alive by passing the ball to move the chains. If Bortles can establish the passing-game early, then the Jaguars will have more room to run the ball.
The Cleveland Browns have been in many come from behind wins so far this season. This week, the Browns will again dominate. Despite the possibility of a trap game for the Browns, after playing in a blowout against a division rival, quarterback Brian Hoyer will have his team playing like they still have something to prove. Everyone knows that with a first-round investment in Johnny Manziel that he’s the future of the franchise. The only thing stopping his ascension is…you guessed it…Brian Hoyer. Hoyer is a classic underdog playing for a loveable loser. So far this season, Hoyer has displayed remarkable poise in the pocket. He’s a true leader that will not overlook any opponent. He knows that if he plays poorly, fans and the media will start calling for Manziel to start. Do not expect the Dog Pound to begin barking for Johnny Football and time soon. Hoyer will get it done this week and easily cover the spread.
Cleveland Browns 27 Jacksonville Jaguars 14