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NFL line watch: Back Jets now versus terrible Browns

Each week during the pro football season, Covers Expert Art Aronson looks at the NFL odds and tells you which spread to bet now, which one to bet later, and which total to watch as the week plays out.

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Cleveland Browns (+2) at New York Jets

Does anyone anywhere believe that the Browns have any life at all left in their bodies?

Another season has come and just about gone, and the Browns once again find themselves in familiar territory – with a string of late-season losses (the current tally is five in a row), little interest from the home fans and in firm possession of last place in the AFC North. Merry Christmas, Browns fans.

Now line up for your lumps of coal.

After getting booed off the field by the few remaining fans who had the misfortune of owning tickets to Sunday’s latest loss (38-31, to the Bears), Cleveland players must now lug a 4-10 record with them on the road, where the Brownies are 1-5 this season.

The Jets (5-2 at home this year) still have an outside shot at a wild card berth that could save the jobs of a lot of folks in Jersey, so they should be able to cover the deuce against an unmotivated Browns team.

Spread to wait on

Miami Dolphins (-2.5) at Buffalo Bills

The public is pounding the Dolphins hard after their big victory over the Patriots, with three of every four dollars down backing the Fish. With that much early action on Miami, bettors might be able to hang on until late in the week and see if the number goes to 3.

Miami’s win over New England took place in 84-degree weather against a Patriots team that is only a shadow of what it used to be.

The Bills are 7-7 overall and have yet to be blown out at home this season. And if the temperature is even half of that 84, the Dolphins will be delighted

Miami has three-straight wins and will be looking to snag a wild card playoff spot, but Buffalo also has motivation – if the Bills lose, it would probably mean a sixth straight last-place finish in the AFC East and a huge roster turnover. Advice here is to hang tight and wait for the line to lengthen a bit.

Total to watch

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks(45)

Know this about the Seahawks – they play great defense, but they can also put points on the board at home. The poodle’s offense has put up 34 (vs. New Orleans), 41 (Minnesota) and 27 in its last three home games, so Seattle figures to be able to move the ball, even against a pretty good Cardinal team.

But, but, but ... Arizona QB Carson Palmer suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday’s victory at Tennessee and is listed as questionable for Seattle.

The Seahawks figure to come hard at Palmer, who has never been known for his work against blitzes. Going into Seattle with a gimpy starting QB or, even worse, a second-stringer, is poison.

Under is the play, even with a moderate number of 45.

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Posted by hvacdawg
7 months ago

just talkin football crap. lol.
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Posted by hvacdawg
7 months ago

browns will get 2 pick sixes . Gordon over 200 yards again. the jets looks like the team that's given up to me. only team with a worse QB situation than the browns. are you kidding me ? who's writing this article ? a big jets fan , or an idiot. pick one.
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Posted by hvacdawg
7 months ago

jets with a outside chance to make playoffs.......that tells you how bad the winning teams are. the browns win by 10 points.
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Posted by hvacdawg
7 months ago

bet the browns , buffalo, and the cardinals.......3 teamer with points. can't lose.
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Posted by Tigermike1975
7 months ago

The Browns fought like hell against the Bears last week and the Patriots the week before. The team has shown no signs whatsoever of quitting. They may not win or cover but I certainly wouldn't be touting this Jets team as some noble play.
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Posted by Mcmanus
7 months ago

Jets minus 1 for me :) Last Home game for the Jets and they go out a winner
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Posted by cyrusdarius
7 months ago

Alternative Headline: NFL line watch: Back Browns now versus terrible Jets
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Posted by cyrusdarius
7 months ago

"Alternative Headline: NFL line watch: Back Browns now versus terrible Jets"