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Pick against the spread for Jets vs. Browns in Week 17 of 2023 NFL season

Teddy Ricketson gives their pick against the spread for Jets vs. Browns in Week 17.

David Njoku #85 of the Cleveland Browns walks off of the field after an NFL football game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 24, 2023 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

The New York Jets will hit the road to take on the Cleveland Browns in the final Thursday Night Football game of the 2023 season. Kickoff from Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio is set for 8:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 28 and the game will air on Amazon Prime Video.

The Browns are 7.5-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook. Cleveland has -360 moneyline odds, while the Jets are installed as the +285 underdogs. The point total is set at 35.

Jets vs. Browns, Week 17: Pick against the spread

New York heads into this game coming off a 30-28 point win over the Washington Commanders. Trevor Siemian started at quarterback and finished 27-of-49 for 217 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Breece Hall balled out and picked up 95 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. He added 96 more yards on 12 receptions. Wide receiver Garrett Wilson brought in nine of his 15 targets for 96 yards.

Don’t look now, but the Browns have won three games in a row. Their most recent game was a 36-22 victory over the Houston Texans. Quarterback Joe Flacco considered his career resurgence and finished 27-of-42 for 368 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Wide receiver Amari Cooper set the franchise’s single-game receiving yards record, finishing with 265 yards and two touchdowns on 11 receptions.

The Pick: Jets +7.5

New York’s inconsistency on offense has made it so they don’t really inspire confidence. Still, they have scored 30 points in two of their last three games. Cleveland’s defense is its strong suit, but so is New York’s. If there is a defense that will show that there was a reason that other teams didn’t sign Flacco in the offense, it will be the Jets’ defense.

I do think that Cleveland wins the game at home. Four of the Browns’ last five wins have been by four points or fewer. Even though I’m expecting the New York offense to struggle to get going, I think they are able to keep it within a touchdown.