Cleveland Browns Favored For First Time In Hue Jackson Era

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  • The Cleveland Browns are 3-point favorites for Week 3's Thursday Night Football game against the New York Jets, the first time Cleveland has been favored with Hue Jackson as head coach.
  • Cleveland has not closed as a betting favorite since Dec. 13, 2015 when it was -2.5 against the San Francisco 49ers.

It’s been a rough ride for the Cleveland Browns and their fans. In typical Browns fashion, the team found a new and interesting way to lose on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. They dropped to 1-32-1 since hiring Hue Jackson as head coach.

Cleveland has not won a game since beating the Chargers, 20-17, on Dec. 24, 2016. However, early Week 3 betting odds suggest the Browns could break their 19-game winless streak Thursday night against the New York Jets.

As 3-point home favorites, the Browns are on track to be favored in an NFL regular-season game for the first time in the Jackson era.

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In fact, the team has not been favored since closing at -2.5 against the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 13, 2015. Starting quarterback Johnny Manziel led the team to a 24-10 victory in that matchup.

The Browns came close against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 24, 2017, opening -1 at Pinnacle before closing as 1-point underdogs.

The Browns have not closed as 3-point favorites or greater since Nov. 30, 2015, a game they lost, 33-27, at home to the Baltimore Ravens.

In early betting, 64% of tickets and 90% of dollars wagered on the spread are taking the Browns, but there’s plenty of time for bettors to take a position on this game.

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