5 things we learned from Jets victory over Browns
- Author: Julie Sanders Oct 09, 2017,
Oct 09, 2017, 4:23
Kickoff from Cleveland is at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday. The 38-year-old wasn't seeking revenge, but he got it with two second-half scoring tosses. At running back, Duke Johnson has rushed for 5.7 yards per carry and is a guy that the Jets must watch for.
Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, who has regressed steadily since playing well in the opener, was pulled at halftime after turning the ball over twice inside the Jets 5. In their last two victories, they are only giving up 14 points per game and averaging over 6.0 yards per play on offense.
McCown's short pass to Seferian-Jenkins gave the Jets a 10-7 lead in the third quarter. However, the honeymoon quickly ended for Hogan as he threw a high pass that was deflected and picked off on the unit's next drive. It is the first time in his 15-year career that McCown has won three consecutive starts.
With five minutes gone in the second quarter, Zane Gonzalez missed a 52-yard field goal attempt.
Following the game, a disappointed and frustrated Kizer offered no excuses and promised to grow from his sudden demotion, which came a week after Jackson said he played "lights out" in a loss to Cincinnati and despite unwavering support from the moment the second-round pick from Notre Dame was named Cleveland's starter during training camp.
The rookie may not have played a down in the regular season, but he's that impactful already. He led the Jets on a hurry-up, six-play, 32-yard drive that led to a 57-yard field goal by Chandler Catanzaro just before the half, and a mammoth eight-play, 97-yard drive that ended with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse. They will look to get a similar effort on the ground this week against a Browns run defense that ranks 8th in the NFL. In that OT Jaguars win, Jets QB Josh McCown posted 224 yards and an interception, while Bilal Powell broke out with 21 carries for 163 yards and a TD.
Much of the preseason chatter about Gang Green was speculation on their odds of going 0-16. Kizer was just not good enough in the half, killing chances for the team to score some points.
The kicker can't kick, the offense can't get 2 yards when it needs to, the defense can't make a stop when it needs one and the rookie quarterback looks lost in a dense forest at midnight without a flashlight. The Jets wins have also ended - for now - accusations of the Jets tanking the 2017 season.
JETS: DE Kony Ealy (shoulder), RB Matt Forte (toe), LB Josh Martin (ankle) and CB Darryl Roberts (hamstring) are OUT.
Browns: LB James Burgess sustained a lower leg injury in the fourth and walked off. ...