CBS2-Header-Logo WFAN 1010WINS WCBS tiny WLNYLogo
UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY - Latest News | Getting Around Town | Traffic Map | Listen Live: WCBS 880 | 1010 WINS

TALE OF THE TAPE

Tale Of The Tape: Cleveland Browns At New York Jets

Cleveland Browns
New York Jets
(credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
(credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)
(credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
(credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)
Quarterback
Winner The Browns are happy with the job that backup quarterback Jason Campbell has done since he has been inserted into the starting lineup. Campbell does not have the greatest arm strength, but he reads defenses well and he throws a catchable pass. Campbell can usually find the open receiver and he is not afraid to throw the ball when the game is on the line.
Geno Smith has endured a brutal rookie season and there’s no reason to think that his experience alone will make him a viable quarterback next year for the Jets. Smith gets flustered by pressure, and when he makes a mistake early in the game, he has a difficult time getting out of his funk. When he can use his athleticism, he has a chance to be successful. He is not an accurate passer.
Offense
Winner The Browns are unlikely to come out with a multi-dimensional attack in this game since they have gotten little help from their running game this season. Chris Ogbonnaya has a decent average, but he is not a battle-tested back. Josh Gordon is one of the most explosive receivers in the league. He has excellent run-after-the-catch ability. Tight end Jordan Cameron is a solid third-down target.
The Jets must get their running game going if they are going to take pressure off of Smith. Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell have taken turns in the running game, and both have been effective between the tackles. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes would like to finish the season with a couple of big games, while Jeremy Kerley can get open.
Defense
The Browns are going to be very competitive on the defensive side of the ball and they are going to dare Smith to try to beat them. They will load up to stop the run, and middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson will roam sideline to sideline to sideline to shut down the run. The Browns are aggressive in the secondary and cornerback Buster Skrine is one of the most underrated cover men in the league.
Winner The Jets have avoided long losing streaks because their defense has been so aggressive this season. The Jets' defense excels against the run and they know the Browns are quite one-dimensional since their running attack has been so ineffective. Linebacker David Harris is one of the best tacklers on the field and he is always in the right position. Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is an excellent pass rusher.
Special Teams
Winner The Browns will do a decent job of preventing opponents from making big plays with their return teams, but Cleveland has lost much of its special teams bite since return specialist Travis Benjamin tore his ACL. Billy Cundiff is a decent kicker, but not one of the NFL’s best.
Winner The Jets have had a solid season with their special teams because they don’t give up many big returns, but they rarely get big plays from their own return specialists. Placekicker Nick Folk has done an excellent job this year, and could be the difference in a close game since he is so consistent.

The Winner Is

(credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Winner Cleveland Browns
3 out of 4

Both of these teams are quite limited on the offensive side of the ball. The Jets may have the advantage since they are at home, they play solid defense and they get solid special-teams play.
-Steve Silverman, CBS Local Sports contributor

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 21: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks pon during warm ups prior to their game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on September 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Liam Neeson attends the Universal Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures with The Cinema Society screening of "A Walk Among the Tombstones" at Chelsea Bow Tie Cinemas on September 17, 2014 in New York City.
    Who Is Type-Casted More, Eli Manning Or Liam Neeson?

    Eli Manning always plays the same role. How does he compare to Liam Neeson, one of type-casting’s greats?

  2. ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 18: Wide receiver Devin Hester #17 of the Atlanta Falcons carries the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a game at the Georgia Dome on September 18, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 18: Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos presents the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, on June 18, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The much-anticipated device is available for pre-order today and is available exclusively with AT&T service.
    Is Devin Hester Or Amazon.com Better At Returns?

    Devin Hester of the Atlanta Falcons has an NFL record 20 returns for touchdown. But how does he stack up against Amazon?

  3. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: Chicago Bears At New York Jets

    While Jay Cutler lacks consistency, he is capable of taking over any game and carrying the Bears with his strong arm when he gets on a roll.

See All Tales of the Tape