Week 5 Tale Of The Tape: New York Jets At Cleveland Browns
- QuarterbackThe Jets appear to be the least respected team in the league when it comes to the overall talent level, and the first example that observers point to is quarterback Josh McCown. While he has experience and a solid understanding of the position, McCown is not going to beat opponents with his arm strength or playmaking. However, he can find weak spots and attack them.DeShone Kizer is in the process of learning how to play quarterback in the NFL, and that means the Browns have likely found their quarterback of the future. However, he still has many lessons to learn and that’s going to be painful for the team and its fans. Kizer has the physical tools to dominate, but he needs to figure out the mental game fairly quickly.
- OffenseThe Jets don’t have a lot of playmakers, but they have a hard-working pair of receivers in Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse who have a chance to make a few plays and keep drives alive with third-down receptions. If running back Matt Forte (toe) can get healthy and return to the lineup, the Jets should be a more dangerous team. However, the Jets are in trouble at the RB spot.The Browns want to attack with the running game, and the combination of Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson is capable of taking the pressure off of Kizer. This is a huge advantage for the Browns, as Crowell is hungry for a huge game, while Johnson is a superb change of pace back. Unknown TE Seth DeValve is a decent threat, but WR Kenny Britt is struggling to produce.
- DefenseThe strength of the Jets is their ability to hammer opponents with their defensive line. DEs Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson may get discouraged at one point this year because of the team’s lack of ability, but they are still playing hard and cause havoc. ILB Demario Davis is proving to be a solid tackler who can go sideline-to-sideline to make key plays.The Browns defense has been showing signs of improvement this year, and we expect this unit to get much better as the year progresses. Rookie DE Myles Garrett has a chance to become a sensational player who can punish opposing quarterbacks and running backs. MLB Joe Schobert knows how to wrap up ball carriers and get them to the ground.
- Special TeamsThe Jets are holding their own in punt and kickoff coverage, and they are hoping that Jerome Kerley has one or two big plays in the return game. PK Chandler Catanzaro is slightly better than average and Lachlan Edwards is a fine directional punter.The Browns are fairly ordinary when it comes to coverage, but they have an exciting return man in rookie Jabrill Peppers who has a chance to break big plays on an every-week basis. Zane Gonzalez is a rookie placekicker with a strong leg, but he still must prove himself.
The Browns should start to get better as long as Kizer makes some improvement and Garrett can stay in the lineup. Cleveland could dominate in this game and beat a struggling team by a significant margin, and that hasn’t been the case in many seasons.