The NFL’s first full week of preseason games in two seasons continues when the Cleveland Browns face the Jacksonville Jaguars in one of 10 games on the 2021 NFL preseason schedule for Saturday. Last season, Cleveland earned its first playoff appearance since 2002 when it finished tied for third in the AFC North at 11-5. After beating Pittsburgh 48-37 in the wild card playoffs, the Browns took the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs to the wire in the divisional round, losing 22-17. Jacksonville, meanwhile, limped to a 1-15 record and last-place finish in the AFC South.
The game from TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., is slated to start at 7 p.m. ET. Cleveland finished last season averaging 369.6 yards per game, 16th-best in the league, while Jacksonville was 28th at 326.1. Jacksonville is favored by 3.5 points in the latest Browns vs. Jaguars odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 36.5. Before making any Jaguars vs. Browns picks or NFL preseason bets, make sure you check out what SportsLine NFL expert, Mike Tierney, has to say.
A national sportswriter whose work appears in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has covered the NFL for decades and reported from seven Super Bowls. He’s crushed his NFL picks, going 187-147 against the spread (56 percent) the past three seasons. All-time at SportsLine (2016-20), Tierney is 347-291 on all NFL picks, returning $2,534 to $100 players.
Tierney has had a lot of success in games involving the Jacksonville Jaguars. He went 23-12 in his last 35 against-the-spread NFL picks in Jacksonville games, returning $1,013 to $100 players. Anybody who has been following him is way up.
Now, Tierney has locked in another confident against the spread pick for the Jaguars vs. Browns matchup. You need to see what it is and check out Tierney’s expert analysis before locking in any Jaguars vs. Browns picks of your own. Here are the NFL preseason betting odds, lines, and trends for Browns vs. Jaguars:
Browns vs. Jaguars spread: Jacksonville -3.5 Browns vs. Jaguars over-under: 36.5 points Browns vs. Jaguars money line: Cleveland +155, Jacksonville -175CLE: The Browns are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games as road underdogs JAX: The Jaguars are 6-2 ATS in their last eight Saturday games
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Why the Jaguars can cover
New coach Urban Meyer wants to build a winning attitude and is taking the preseason seriously. He also wants to get a good look at his squad, and that includes the 25th selection in the first-round. Running back Travis Etienne Jr., quarterback and top pick Trevor Lawrence’s teammate at Clemson, is expected to see a lot of action. Etienne led Clemson in rushing with 914 yards on 168 carries (5.4 average) and 14 touchdowns. He also caught 48 passes for 588 yards (12.3 average) and two touchdowns.
Also expected to see some action is top returning running back, James Robinson. Robinson played in 14 games in 2020, carrying 240 times for 1,070 yards (4.5 average) and seven touchdowns. He had five explosive plays of 20 or more yards and converted 54 first downs. He also caught 49 passes for 344 yards (7.0 average) and three TDs. He had two receptions resulting in explosive plays and converted 15 first downs as a receiver.
Why the Browns can cover
Cleveland has more depth, especially if not many of the starters play much on either team. Coach Kevin Stefanski already has made it clear that starting QB Baker Mayfield won’t play much, if at all. That means both Case Keenum and former New York Giants fourth-round draft pick Kyle Lauletta will get time under center.
Keenum played in just two games last season for the Browns, completing five-of-10 passes for 46 yards. This is his 10th season in the NFL after stops in Houston, with the Rams, Minnesota, Denver, Washington and Cleveland. He has completed 62.3 percent of his passes and thrown for 14,414 yards with 75 touchdowns and 47 interceptions. His best season was in 2017 with the Vikings. In 15 games, he completed 325 of 481 passes (67.6 percent) for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
How to make Browns vs. Jaguars picks
Tierney has analyzed this matchup from all angles and has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. You can only get Tierney’s expert NFL picks at SportsLine.
Who wins Browns vs. Jaguars? And what critical x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Browns vs. Jaguars spread you need to jump on Saturday, all from the expert who returned $1,013 to $100 players in the last 35 Jacksonville Jaguars picks, and find out.