The 1-1 New York Jets will travel to Cleveland to take on 0-1-1 Browns for this season’s third Thursday night game. Both teams are coming off losses but have exceeded expectation so far this season. Last week the Browns lost a 21-18 heartbreaker to New Orleans Saints on the road. Kicker Zane Gonzalez missed 2 field goals including one with 21 seconds left which would have tied the game. The next day, in a shocking move, the Browns traded wide receiver Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots for a 5th round draft pick. Gordon was arguably the Brown’s best offensive weapon and his absence will be felt. The Jets who were riding high after an impressive week 1 victory came back to Earth with a 20-12 loss to Miami. To add insult to injury tight end Neal Sterling suffered a concussion and didn’t return to the game and will be unavailable for this game.
The Jets offensive was sloppy against Miami and it started with quarterback Sam Darnold who finished with a quarterback rating of just 13.8. He completed 25 of 41 passes for 334 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. His favorite target was Quicny Enunwa who had 7 catches for 92 yards. Bilal Powell also had a nice game 5 catches for 74 yards and the teams only touchdown. They did not run the ball well either gaining just 42 yards on 19 carries which is an average of just 2.2 yards per rush. Defensively, they were solid as they recovered 2 fumbles, sacked Ryan Tannehill 4 times and had 7 tackles for losses. They struggled a little with the rush as Miami had 135 yards on 31 carries which is an average of 4.5 yards per run.
Cleveland actually had a 12-3 lead in the fourth quarter against the Saints but couldn’t hold on. Tyrod Taylor had a mixed day as he completed 22 of his 30 passes for 246 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Antonio Callaway led the team with 81 yards and a touchdown on just 3 receptions. Carlos Hyde led the run game with 43 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Defensively, they recovered 2 fumbles and sacked Drew Brees 3 times. They did a good job against the rush allowing the Saints to gain just 62 yards on 23 carries. In just 2 games this season the Browns defense has allowed their opponents to average 399 yards of offense.
Cleveland will have home field advantage and are favored by a field goal in this game. Despite being winless the Browns have actually covered the spread in both of their games this season. The Jets have gone 1-1 against the spread but have been inconsistent. While New York is looking to bounce back after a bad loss, the Browns are seeking their first win since the 2016 season. This game is expected to be a close one and the Crowd at First Energy Stadium will be ready to go.