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Pick against the spread for Jaguars vs. Browns in Week 14 of 2023 NFL season

Teddy Ricketson gives their pick against the spread for Jaguars vs. Browns in Week 14.

Amari Cooper #2 of the Cleveland Browns in the tunnel during a game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on December 03, 2023 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Ric Tapia/Getty Images

The Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4) will face the Cleveland Browns (7-5) in Week 14 of the NFL season. Kickoff from Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio is set for 1 p.m. ET, with the game airing on ESPN. Jacksonville lost their last game in overtime to the Cincinnati Bengals, and Cleveland has lost back-to-back games.

The Browns are the three-point favorites. Cleveland is installed at -162 on the moneyline, while Jacksonville is the +136 underdog. The point total is set at 31.5. All odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook

Jaguars vs. Browns, Week 14: Pick against the spread

The story around Jacksonville in this game is whether or not quarterback Trevor Lawrence plays. He is dealing with a high-ankle sprain that saw him miss the end of last week’s game. He was expected to miss the game but has been listed as a limited practice participant this week so he could suit up. If that announcement is made, the line will likely swing a few points in favor of Jacksonville.

Cleveland is dealing with its own uncertainty under center. Dorian Thompson-Robinson remains in the concussion protocol this week after being sidelined with the injury in Week 13. Joe Flacco played well but wasn’t able to lead the Browns to a win over the Los Angeles Rams. Flacco likely gives them a better chance to win, but Thompson-Robinson had been the starter when healthy. Wide receiver Amari Cooper has also not practiced to begin the week and could leave the team without its best receiver.

The Pick: Jacksonville +3

I like the Jaguars to cover, with or without Lawrence under center. Backup quarterback C.J. Beathard didn’t play well enough to bring his team a win, but he still played well coming on for Lawrence. He finished 9-of-10 for 63 yards but had a deep completion to Calvin Ridley called back due to a penalty. Cleveland has injuries on both sides of the ball and couldn’t generate any pressure or slow down the Los Angeles Rams. Even if Lawrence doesn’t play, with no Christian Kirk, I think Calvin Ridley and Travis Etienne Jr. are in for a big day.