Browns Blow It Again. Lose to Jets 31-28

Two struggling teams met down at First Energy Stadium looking for statement wins as the Cleveland Browns fell to 0-8 after a brutal comeback win by the New York Jets 31-20.

Browns QB Josh McCown struck early and fast as he drove the team down 75-yards to hit WR Andrew Hawkins in the back corner of the endzone for a 5-yard touchdown for the 7-0 lead. Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick scrambled for a first down, which was reviewed and ruled short, and took a hit by rookie Breian Boddy-Calhoun and both players were taken to the sideline to be evaluated for concussions. Boddy-Calhoun was taken to the locker room but Fitzpatrick was able to remain in the game. McCown did have another good drive late in the first quarter but the Browns had to settle for a field goal and increased the lead to 10-0.

The Jets started off the second quarter with a 35-yard Bilal Powell touchdown run which is the longest run for the Jets this season and put them back in the game trailing only by three. Rookie defensive players Carl Nassib and Emmanuel Ogbah were making impact plays in the first half. Nassib had two batted balls at the line of scrimmage and Ogbah recorded another sack to bring his season total to 3.5. RB Isaiah Crowell started to turn on the jets, no pun intended, and found the endzone late in the second quarter with a 1-yard rushing touchdown and ended the half with a field goal to go up 20-7.

The Browns have not been good in the third quarter all year long. When coming out of halftime, the Browns defense has allowed six touchdowns in the teams first possession of the second half. The Jets looked to get back in the game with a 78-yard drive capped off with a 24-yard touchdown from Fitzpatrick to WR Quincy Enunwa to cut the Browns lead down to six. The defense let the Jets drive down again and score on 4th and 1 from a Matt Forte 4-yard run giving New York the 21-20 lead.

After another Forte rushing touchdown, the Browns defense has let the Jets score 21 unanswered points and making Fitzpatrick and Forte look like a superstars. McCown and the Browns offense disappeared in the second half. In the third quarter alone, they only had 44-yards total. In the fourth quarter, being down by eight, McCown looked deep for Terrelle Pryor but Pryor hesitated on the route and the ball was intercepted by the Jets. McCown threw another interception inside the Browns 10-yard line which set the Jets up for a field goal to end the game 31-20.

The Browns will take on the Dallas Cowboys next week at First Energy Stadium still looking for win number one of the season

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Jets @ Browns Preview

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.