2018 NFL SEASON
Week 3: #NFL Game Predictions (w/ spreads & analysis)
Week 2 results: 11-4-1 (wins); 8-8 (v. spread); 8-8 (O/U)
Season totals: 20-10-2 .625 (wins); 15-17 .469 (v. sp); 17-15 .531 (O/U)
Note/Key (when applicable): Statistical analysis based on the following metrics (abbreviations): Points scored (PF); points against (PA); Point differential (PD) Yards gained (YG); Yards allowed (YA); Red Zone TD efficiency (RZ); 3rd-down efficiency (3rd); Turnover ratio (TO); Time of possession (TOP); Yards per play (YPP); Sacks (S); Interceptions (INT); Penalty yards (PEN); Against the spread (ATS).
The days of wearing bags over their heads to games may be over for fans of the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets.
New York Jets 1-1 (+3) v. Cleveland Browns 0-1-0 (41): Browns 24-20
Thursday, 8:20 PM, First Energy Stadium, Cleveland, OH (Weather: Partly cloudy; low 70s)
Reasons: After beating the Detroit Lions 48-17 in Sam Darnold’s NFL debut the New York Jets came crashing back down to Earth versus the Miami Dolphins last week, in part due to Darnold’s poor play (2 INTs). The Cleveland Browns, on the other hand, remain winless, but could just as easily be undefeated; that’s something Browns fans haven’t heard in decades. Cleveland is a Zane Gonzalez mistake signing away from being 2-0 all the while playing two of the better teams in the league in the Pittsburgh Steelers (home) and New Orleans Saints (away). Having said that, Cleveland remains one of the worst teams in the league, statistically, although not much can be taken from the first two games of the season, which segues beautifully into my point about the Jets. New York has a top-5 defense so far in 2018, and the offense, led by the rookie Darnold, is middle-of-the-pack. That Detroit Lions game skews the numbers, however, so if the Browns can keep the Jets running game under control we could be in line for Cleveland’s first win in 20 games.
Stay tuned for the remaining Week 3: #NFL Game Predictions (w/ spreads & analysis) coming Sunday!