Online Football Betting Odds Favor Browns Over Jagaurs in Jacksonville, FLJosh Bailey
Week 7’s online football betting odds matchup has Brian Hoyer and not Johnny Manziel leading the Cleveland Browns (3-2) into EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida to take on the Blake Bortles lead Jaguars (0-6).
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 15, 2014
The Browns who usually are not road favorites are a bullish -5.5 ATS (they are 7-1-1 against the spread when favord on the road in their last 9). The Jacksonville Jaguars are just 1-7-1 over the last nine home games, every time listed as the underdogs.
Cleveland at Jacksonville
When: Sun, Oct. 19
Where: EverBank Field
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Cleveland -5.5
Cleveland at Jacksonville Online Football Betting Odds Preview:
The Jacksonville Jaguars have not only lost all six of the games they’ve played this season, but they’ve also nearly gone winless against-the-spread (ATS) as well. The Jags fought valiantly In their Week 6 matchup against Tennessee, but still fell 16-14 though they did manage to cover the NFL betting line as a 4.5-point road dog on Saturday.
Now, Jacksonville is looking at an 0-7 start for the second straight season, though they do have a bit of good news in the fact that rookie signal-caller Blake Bortles is playing pretty solid football as he continues getting his feet wet with some OJT (on-the-job) training.
"A loss is a loss," said Bortles, who finished with a season-high 336 passing yards. "You feel the same about it no matter whether you lose by one or you lose by 40."
"Obviously there are a lot of positives as we go through it," coach Gus Bradley said. "But the bottom line is we didn’t come away with what we had hoped for. We addressed it, we talked about it as a team and I challenged them.
"I know we have courage. We’re going to have to put that courage to work starting today and address these things and continue to get better."
"It's been shared with Denard & Storm." – HC Gus on who got 1st team reps at practice w/ Gerhart out. More later on http://t.co/cyd91PyiRr
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) October 16, 2014
Cleveland has won two straight, including their emphatic 31-10 spanking of AFC North division rival Pittsburgh in their Week 6 showdown. The Browns covered the NFL betting line as a 2.5-point favorite after two straight ‘Push’ outcomes.
The Browns are getting some fantastic play from veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer, whose passer rating of 99.5 ranks eighth in the NFL. Hoyer has also thrown seven touchdown passes with a nearly nonexistent one interception while leading the league with 13.6 yards per completion.
Hoyer is 6-2 since joining the Browns in 2013.
"I just think (it’s) his consistency," head coach Mike Pettine said. "He’s not just wildly all over the place. At a position where you need somebody to be rock solid, he’s rock solid, not just from a performance standpoint, from a demeanor, from a leadership standpoint. He’s been solid and he’s been consistent. Guys know what they’re going to get from him."
The Browns also scored a mind-boggling 26 consecutive points to pull off the largest road comeback in NFL history in their thrilling 29-28 win over Tennessee in Week 5.
"To me, I expected it, honestly," Tate told the Browns’ official website. "I wasn’t really that shocked when we beat them. … It’s a new era. Coach (Mike) Pettine is trying to get this thing turned around."
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) December 2, 2013
The Cleveland Browns are clearly a team on the upswing, as is Brian Hoyer.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the reeling (again) Jacksonville Jaguars who don’t look like they’re getting any better under the guidance of head coach Gus Bradley if you ask me.
Jacksonville has not scored more than 17 points in any game this season and could be well on their way to ruining rookie signal-caller Blake Bortles much like they did with former ‘franchise’ quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
The Browns have scored at least 26 points in each of their three wins this season and have scored at least 21 points in each of their two losses. The Browns lead all of football in rushing percentage plays (51%) and have just two turnovers through five games, also best in the NFL.
The Browns are 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 road games against a team with a losing home record while Jacksonville has gone 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and a discouraging 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games against their AFC conference counterparts.
You haven’t read it often, but the Cleveland Browns win this one in a laugher!