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NFL Week 17 ‘Thursday Night Football’ game picks and open thread

Thursday Night Football brings us an important game in AFC playoff standings, as the New York Jets take on the Cleveland Browns in Week 17. Read on for our picks and predictions.

NFL: AUG 03 Hall of Fame Game - Jets vs Browns Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Week 17 of the 2023 NFL season is here! Our Atlanta Falcons pulled off a Christmas Eve miracle in Week 16, not only emerging victorious against the playoff-contending Indianapolis Colts but doing in dominating fashion. That’s injected some much-needed energy into the team, which needs to win out to even have a chance at the NFC playoff picture.

What will Week 17 have for us? Things kick off with tonight’s Thursday Night Football matchup between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns.

Let’s get right to tonight’s pick, which I’ll be making on a straight moneyline (aka picking the winner) basis. I’ll still provide the information on the spread and over/under, for those interested. At the bottom, I’ll show the rest of the staff’s picks for the game.

All odds are taken from DraftKings Sportsbook and are subject to change. See the current odds here.

Thursday Night Football: New York Jets (6-9) at Cleveland Browns (9-6)

The pick: Browns (-345)

Spread: Browns -7.5 | Over/Under: 34 | Moneyline: Browns -345, Jets +275

Another Jets primetime game? The NFL really did go all-out to get Aaron Rodgers on TV this season. We’ll see how competent the Jets look in this one, but the Browns have certainly handled their quarterback injury much better. Joe Flacco is having a career resurgence in Cleveland and has the Browns on the verge of double-digit wins and locking up a playoff spot this week. I’m sticking with the hot hand in this one, and remain impressed with Cleveland’s resilience.

Staff picks

What are your picks and predictions for tonight’s Thursday Night Football matchup?