Sunday’s match up between the New York Jets visiting the Cleveland Browns might not be Sunday Night Football material to some, but these are two teams that have had the same problems all year which has the potential to be a watchable game.
It’s no secret that the Browns have had a their fair share of injuries this season, mostly coming from the quarterback position. QB Josh McCown will be the starter tomorrow according to head coach Hue Jackson. He was a full participant at practice all week and has passed all tests by team doctors to fill in for the injured Cody Kessler who is going through the leagues concussion protocol. The Browns are still searching for their first win of the season and this could be a good week to get it done against the struggling Jets.
Along with Kessler, CB Joe Haden is doing everything in his power to get back on the field after sitting out the past few weeks with a groin injury.
The Jets have has quarterback problems of their own, though not as serious as the Browns situation. Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick won the standoff with the team in the offseason to get his big payday after last season when he went 10-6 and was one win away from the Playoffs. This season, he has been underwhelming. He has thrown for 11 interceptions and only six touchdowns. He was benched last week in favor of backup QB Geno Smith but Smith ended up with a season ending leg injury which brought Fitzpatrick back in to win the game.
The Jest defense has been a staple for the past few years. With CB Darelle Revis back with his former team where he had memorable match ups against the leagues best receivers, he’s something that the Browns have to plan for. Revis was quoted this week that he is not his former self and his body is ‘Shutting down” on him. Shutting down or not, he will still be a threat against the offense.
With Fitzpatrick under performing this year, this will be a good chance for the Browns young defense to get to the quarterback and force some turnovers. McCowns will have to limit turnovers himself, especially near his own endzone. Let’s also hope that McCown doesn’t do another helicopter impersonation like the last time these teams met.