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New York Jets at Cleveland Browns, Week 2 preview: It’s time to win

New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, 2022, Week 2, Michael Carter, Nick Chubb
New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, 2022, Week 2, Michael Carter, Nick Chubb, Jet X Graphic, Getty Images

It’s time for the New York Jets to win a football game

Yes, the 2022 New York Jets are a much more talented football team. Even a novice football fan could snag one glimpse and realize that notion.

And sure, what Joe Douglas and company are doing to transform this organization is something worth applauding. The once always leaky headquarters is now seemingly leak-proof, as football people continue to flood into the building.

And granted, much of what the Jets did in Week 1 against Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens signal signs of talented life, as they were, indeed, the smarter, faster team in many regards.

But as Bill Parcells once so eloquently said, “You are what you’re record says you are.”

Jets fans have had enough. They want a win, and they want it now. And guess what? New York can absolutely win its Week 2 game in Cleveland against the Browns.

New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, 2022, Week 2 Preview
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Jets vs. Browns game info

  • New York Jets (0-1)
  • Cleveland Browns (1-0)
  • NFL, Week 2, Sept. 18, 2022, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
  • FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH

Although the fans are sick of the coachspeak, make no mistake about the idea that head coach Robert Saleh is on the same page as the frustrated fans. His “taking receipts” message to the football world featured faith and confidence in his squad.

And they heard him loud and clear—as many of the players touched on publicly it this past week.

Similar to Week 1, the Jets play at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, televised on CBS.

Jets vs. Browns history

  • The Browns lead the all-time series 15-13

This all-time matchup is one of the closer ones. Cleveland owns a slight 15-13 advantage, with its last win coming in September of 2019.

The Jets took the last meeting, a late December 2020 matchup by a final of 23-16. It was, for many, a win to forget, as the once 0-13 Jets won their second-straight game under Adam Gase to improve to 2-13 on the season, and thus knocking themselves out of contention in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. (Interestingly, nobody’s complaining about missing out on the supposed “generational talent,” but I digress, as that’s an entirely different story for another day.)

The Jets have won six of the last eight meetings dating back to November 2010, the Rex Ryan days.

Jets vs. Browns odds (FanDuel Sportsbook)

  • Spread: Jets +6.5 (-105), Browns -6.5 (-115)
  • Moneyline: Jets +220, Browns -270
  • Over/Under: 49.5 (O: -105, U: -115)

Per FanDuel Sportsbook, the Jets are faced with the same underdog status as Week 1; they enter the contest as 6.5-point dogs.

Only this time, Saleh’s team will be on the road.

Jets vs. Browns injury report

New York Jets

  • Zach Wilson (knee): Out
  • C.J. Uzomah (hamstring): Doubtful
  • Braxton Berrios (heel): Questionable
  • George Fant (knee): Questionable
  • John Franklin-Myers (toe): Questionable
  • Braden Mann (back): Questionable
  • Jordan Whitehead (ankle): Questionable

We know Zach Wilson is out, but it appears as though tight end C.J. Uzomah will join him in street clothes. Kenny Yeboah will be in action, as he was elevated from the practice squad this week.

Each of the five questionable players all practice in full on Friday, making it likely that all suit up.

Cleveland Browns

  • Chris Hubbard (elbow/illness): Out
  • Jack Conklin (knee/rest): Questionable

Chris Hubbard is out, which is a blow to Cleveland. Jack Conklin practiced in a limited fashion on Friday, so his status is up in the air.

Jets vs. Browns prediction

  • New York Jets 24, Cleveland Browns 13

It’s difficult to trust Joe Flacco and the Jets’ offensive line, but as far as the defense is concerned, Cleveland is a tremendous matchup.

The Browns want to run the ball with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, and Robert Saleh’s defense shut down the excellent Baltimore Ravens rushing attack cold in Week 1.

I expect a tremendous defensive effort to complement a respectable offensive day—especially in the rushing department. Don’t be surprised if this one is Breece Hall’s coming-out party in the NFL.

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Jonathan Richter
1 year ago

“You are what your record says you are” So, we’re only 1 game out of 1st place.