Pre-Game Intel – Jets vs. Browns

When and Where: Sunday November 14th, 2010 – 1:00 PM – Cleveland Browns Stadium – Cleveland, OH

Overview: I have no interest in the themes of this game.  Yes, I will always root against Braylon Edwards for the rest of time, but it doesn’t matter that he is in Cleveland this week.  I root against Braylon every week.  There is really no extra emphasis this week.  The fact is that Braylon is a talent.  The fact is that Braylon could and should be a greater talent.  The fact is that the cost / benefit of having Braylon on this roster no longer made sense to Mangini or the rest of us.  So now that I have spent too many words telling you about something I really don’t care about…

The Browns are on a nice streak.  They get the Jets at home.  The only problem is that the Browns are incapable of surprising anyone any more.  If any team was tempted to overlook them, they certainly will not now.  That doesn’t mean that the Browns can’t win the game, but it could be an even greater test than what they faced a week ago against New England who they surprised from the word “go.”

Airing it Out: I don’t really believe in Mark Sanchez yet.  I know how good he can be on occasion, but I just don’t believe he is the best of what he has shown as much as he is the worst of what he has shown.  Make no mistake. Sanchez has had some really great performances so far this year.  In a three game span against New England, at Miami and at Buffalo Sanchez scored over 100 QB rating.  He threw for 8 TDs and 0 INTs in those three weeks.

In the weeks following, Sanchez had QB ratings of 59.9 against Minnesota, 60.1 against Denver, 43.3 against Green Bay and finally a 82.9 last week against Detroit in an overtime win.  Sanchez can be good and he has good receivers.  Then again, if the Browns confuse him and get pressure on him, they have a real chance to make him lose the game with interceptions.

Running it Down: Who knew that LaDainian Tomlinson had anything left in the tank?  I certainly didn’t.  He does.  He has almost 600 yards rushing with a near 5 yard per carry average.  He has a solid offensive line in front of him (which I will get into in the next section) and he seems to be running well.  Additionally, Tomlinson has 30 receptions so far this season out of the backfield.

Shonn Greene was held out of practice on Friday, but is listed as probable.  Greene is the faster, younger option out of the Jets backfield.  He is a nice change of pace back.  Ultimately though, it comes down to the offensive line, though.

In the Trenches: As I said before, the Jets have a nice offensive line.  Ohio State fans know Nick Mangold well.  Flanking him is veteran Damien Woody and D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who sounds more like a UFC fighter than a football player.  They are a talented offensive line and the Browns defensive line will have their work cut out for them at the point of attack.

On the other side of the ball, Bart Scott, Calvin Pace and Jason Taylor are a wrecking crew.  In front of them Shaun Ellis, and company are a capable crew.  The Browns’ recent streak has been led by solid offensive line play for Colt McCoy and Peyton Hillis.  They will have their work cut out for them against Rex Ryan’s defense.

Special Teams:  Brad Smith is the Jets’ X factor player.  He doesn’t have any scores yet on kickoff returns this year, but he is dangerous when he touches the ball.  The Browns better stay in their lanes on kickoffs and keep him out of the endzone.

On the opposite side, Josh Cribbs is still lightning that hasn’t been let out of the bottle this year.  Still waiting, other than Cribbs’ cross-field lateral pass to Eric Wright.

Prediction: I am now 3-5 picking the Browns games after being wrong in predicting a Browns loss vs the Pats.  I said the Browns would lose 24-10.  As you know, the Browns won 34-14 in dominant fashion.

This week, the Browns are around 3 point underdogs.  The Jets and Pats are now tied for their division lead at 6-2.  So, how will this game go for the Browns?  I envision a defensive struggle to be honest, and unfortunately, again, I can’t pick the Browns this week either.  As always, I hope I am wrong.

The Browns and Jets are going to be tied 14-14 late and Sanchez will do just enough to get the Jets into field goal range where they will get a 50 yard field goal to win 17-14.  Specific enough for ya?

The Browns definitely have a chance to win this one.  Let’s hope they find a way to do the improbable.

  • Believelander

    Browns should win with a pick 6 in overtime, 17-10.

  • Nicky Z

    ???? Dude, Browns win! Watch out for McCoy in this one, he’s about due for a big game!

  • Stinkfist

    @1… not possible

  • Brian

    @ 3 – It isn’t likely, but the Browns could:

    score a touch down go for 2 and kick a field goal

    or kick 3 field goals and get a safety.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    @ 1 & 4…no, it is not possible to win by 7 in OT because they woudn’t kick an extra point.

    If they were tied 10-10 at the end of regulation, they could win 12-10, 13-10, or 16-10.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    In keeping with my reverse psychology theme of the past two weeks, I have to say that the Browns are making progress, but they aren’t making “beat the Jets” progress. I hope they can keep it within two scores…

  • jimkanicki

    ah… devastation at the sports book today. BUT!! this season, the real fun is sunday.. nice to look forward to a game the counts, no? and gents, that is where we are. we’re a factor nationally and a win tomorrow puts us in any playoff convo.

    tomorrow is big on many levels. no sneaking up on someone (saints), no bye week prep over a soft 6-1 team (pats). after the gb shutout and their lucky win at detroit, we should get the best the jets have and a no excuses evaluation of the browns afterward.

    jets matchup better than either saints or pats against us. it’s unlikely we’ll gash them running like we did against ravens and pats. vertical with momass/robo vs revis/cro seems a bad match too. hopefully some slants to cribbs and watson/moore up the middle will give hillis some space to work with at the line of scrimmage. the best hope is that they try to ‘bring the house’ against the rookie qb. mccoy’s most impressive quality thus far, imo, is handling pressure by either finding his outlet or running.

    i worry, though, about holmes/edwards. pats and saints didnt touch us with their WRs (colston’s TD was garbage time). but before that… pitt-wallace 90yds/1td; atl-white 101/1; cincy-to 222/1; bal/boldin 142/3. i’m not sure we’ve fixed this. we certainly haven’t seen two “A” level receivers (plus a B+ with cotchery). the good news is that schottenheimer calls plays like his dad and thus they haven’t figured out how to use those resources. i dont blame sanchez.. with the jets’ line (dumb to drop faneca), keller, those 3 WRs plus LT (dumb to drop thomas jones)… that team should never be shutout.

    anyway, i think it’s the same as last week. if we can keep holmes/edward/cotchery to 150 yds and one TD, we should win. and i also think this is the week momass breaks a nice 40+ td catch.

    we win this 24-21. mark gastineau’s roughing penalty on colt turns out to a key play in the winning drive.

  • brownsfan019

    NO = Win
    NE = Win
    NY = Win as we continue to beat the ‘New’ teams

    That is kinda weird – NEW Orleans, NEW England, NEW York

    Maybe we have The New Browns Regime. :)

  • Brian

    @5 – I know, I was just trying to have some fun with it.

  • Believelander

    Oops. 16-10.

    …Nah, 17-10. They let the Browns kick the extra point out of sheer amazement.

    “Coach, why did you go for 1?” Because they wouldn’t let me go for 2.

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