The Hall of Fame Game 2023 NFL preseason gets underway on Thursday when the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets square off in the 2023 NFL Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. The Jets will have Joe Klecko and Darrelle Revis getting inducted into the Hall of Fame, while the Browns will have Joe Thomas immortalized in Canton.
The Cleveland Browns and New York Jets will meet in the 2023 Hall of Fame Game to kick off the NFL preseason at 8 p.m. ET Thursday, August 3, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
While the game serves as an opportunity to honor this year’s group of Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees, the main draw for many of the fans may be seeing quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the field as a Jet for the first time. Whether he will be in uniform in Canton, or at all this preseason, is a different story.
Game: New York Jets vs Cleveland Browns
Date: Thursday, August 3, 2023
Location: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Browns (-3)
The New York Jets (7-10 last season) are headed to Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on Thursday where they will compete against the Cleveland Browns (7-10 last year). New York opens as 3-point dogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The betting total comes in at 34.
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The New York Jets finished the season with a 7-10 record. The last time they stepped on the gridiron, the Jets stepped onto the field against the Dolphins and ended up losing by a score of 11-6. Joe Flacco connected on 18/33 with 149 yards through the air. He had a quarterback rating of 66.4 and ended the contest without throwing a pick. Garrett Wilson had an average of 9.9 yards per reception by earning 89 yds on 9 catches. Zonovan Knight was the best rusher for the Jets with 12 carries for 22 yds (1.8 yds per carry). In all, they had 53 plays which totaled 187 yards. The New York Jets rushed the ball a total of 20 different times and had 38 yds, earning them an average of 1.9 yds per carry. When it came to stopping the run, the Jets gave up 162 yards on 32 tries, which is an average of 5.1 yards per run surrendered. New York allowed 20 completions on 31 tries for a total of 140 yards, and a completion rate of 64.5%.
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When it comes to getting in the endzone, the New York Jets were sitting at 17.4 PPG. Offensively they had an average of 99.2 yds on the ground, which was 26th in the NFL. The Jets earned 5,409 total yards for the prior season. New York recorded 191 1st downs as a team, and they committed 91 infractions for 866 yds. They surrendered the football 23 different times (14 picks and 9 fumbles lost). New York compiled 15 touchdowns via the pass and 13 touchdowns via the ground.
Concerning yards through the air, the Jets conceded 3,220 yards which had them ranked 3rd in football. In their 17 games played, they allowed 189.4 yards per outing via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 62.4%. They gave up 311.1 yards/game putting them at 4th in the league. They conceded 15 touchdowns through the air as well as 14 rushing touchdowns. They allowed 4.2 yards per rush and 121.6 rushing yards per contest for the prior year. Over the course of last year, they conceded 2,068 rushing yards through 17 games. The Jets ranked 4th in the NFL in terms of team defense, giving up 18.6 PPG.
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The Browns ended the season with a 7-10 record. When they last stepped on the football field, the Browns took a loss by a score of 28-14 when they played the Steelers. Nick Chubb ran the ball 12 times for 77 yds, finishing the game with 6.4 yds per carry for Cleveland. Amari Cooper was the best receiver for the Browns, catching 2 passes for 51 yards (25.5 yards per catch). Deshaun Watson (2 TDs) walked away from the contest with 230 yds on 19/29 passing while his QB rate was 84. He tossed 2 picks and his avg yards per attempt was 7.9 yards. Cleveland allowed 37 running attempts for 148 yards (4.0 yards per carry). The Browns secondary gave up a completion percentage of 44.8%, surrendering 189 yds on 13 for 29 through the air. The Browns finished the contest with a total of 307 yards and they ran 58 plays (5.3 yards per play). Cleveland rushed the football for 6.1 yards per tote, totaling 134 yards on 22 attempts.
Regarding putting points on the board, the Browns ranked 18th out of all teams in the NFL holding an average of 21.2 points per game. Throughout last season, the Browns threw for a total of 3,444 passing yards as well as an average of 202.6 throwing yards per contest, which had them ranked 22nd out of all NFL teams. They maintained an average of 146.5 yards via the ground game and rushed for 2,490 yards for last season. The Cleveland Browns had an average of 349.1 yards per outing which had them ranked 14th in the league. The Cleveland offense racked up 865 penalty yards on 102 violations, which was good for 11th in football in terms of helping out the opposition. They threw 12 picks while letting opponents recover 9 fumbles and they earned 182 1st downs.
They surrendered 20 touchdowns via the pass as well as 196.2 yards/outing, which had them sitting 5th out of all teams. Cleveland gave up a total of 2,295 yards via the ground game (135.0 yards per outing) and 22 touchdowns by ground last season. Their defense earned 20 turnovers (9 fumbles recovered and 11 picks) for the previous season. The Browns defense took part in 1,041 plays, which had them ranked 8th in the NFL. Last season, they conceded 381 total points. The Browns conceded 22.4 PPG, which had them sitting 20th of all teams in the league.
Who will win tonight’s Jets/Browns NFL game against the spread?
Tony’s Pick: Take the Jets +3
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