JETS STA­TIS­TICS

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Pass­ing

Jets Opp. Rush­ing Jets Opp. Scor­ing Att

62 75 Att. 55 46 TD 7 5 Cmp

41 46 Yds 211 3.8 62 174 3.8 20

Rsh Rec Ret 2 1 Pos­ses­sion Avg. To­tal Net Yards Net Yards Rush­ing Avg. Per Game Net Yards Pass­ing Avg. Per Game Yds

500 66.1 422 61.3 Avg Lng TD 3 3 Jets 1 0 Cmp% 2 1 Pts 60 37 Opp. Yds/ Att

8.1 3 5.6 3 Re­ceiv­ing Jets Opp. Int. Jets Opp.

Kick­ing

Jets Opp. TD Int

3 5 Rec. Lng

44 29 Yds

5/32 88.9 4/46 64.8 Avg Lng TD 41 532 13.0 44 46 468 10.2 29 No. Yds Avg 5 3

PAT

6/7 4/5

To­tal First Downs Rush­ing

3rd Down Pct. 4th Down/Att. 4th Down Pct. Penal­ties/Yards Sack/ Lost 102 68 20.4 22.7

FG

4/4 1/3 Jets Rtg 3 3 TD 1 1

Pts

18 7 Opp. T .... Pitts­burgh .... 21-21 (OT) L .... at New Or­leans .... 21-18 Sept. 20 .... N.Y. Jets .... 8:20 Sept. 30 ...at Oak­land ...4:05 Oct. 7 ......... Bal­ti­more ......... 1 Oct. 14 .... L.A. Charg­ers .... 1 Oct. 21 .... at Tampa Bay .... 1 Oct. 28 ..... at Pitts­burgh ..... 1 Nov. 4 ....... Kansas City ....... 1 Nov. 11 .......... At­lanta .......... 1 Nov. 18 ............... Bye .............. Nov. 25 ..... at Cincin­nati ..... 1 Dec. 2 ........ at Hous­ton ........ 1 Dec. 9 .......... Carolina .......... 1 Dec. 15 .... at Den­ver .... TBD Dec. 23 ........ Cincin­nati ........ 1 Dec. 30 ..... at Bal­ti­more ..... 1 Jets (1-1) at Browns (0-1-1)

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Danny Sheri­dan’s Browns by 3

Jets’ keys to vic­tory: Pro­tect­ing rookie QB Sam Darnold is im­per­a­tive. Darnold has shown he can de­liver ac­cu­rate throws to all lev­els of the de­fense when he gets time. The big plays in the run game that helped de­feat Detroit in Week 1 were non-ex­is­tent in the Week 2 loss to the Dolphins. The de­fen­sive front must keep suc­cess­fully rush­ing the passer. Get­ting splash plays from S Ja­mal Adams and DE Henry An­der­son would help. A faster start from the of­fense, which has sput­tered out of the gate, would build con­fi­dence and mo­men­tum.

Browns’ keys to vic­tory: The im­pact tal­ents on both sides of the ball must make plays. DE Myles Gar­rett dom­i­nated in Week 1 but was a non-fac­tor in Week 2. The same is true of rookie CB Den­zel Ward. TE David Njoku has flashed abil­ity to get open down­field but has pro­duced just 33 re­ceiv­ing yards on seven re­cep­tions through two weeks. QB Ty­rod Tay­lor needs to at­tack more down the field, but he also will need his line to give him time and con­fi­dence to sur­vey the de­fense. Greg Joseph, the team’s new kicker ac­cord­ing to news me­dia re­ports, re­places Zane Gon­za­lez, who missed four at­tempts in Week 2.

Matchup to watch: Jets WR Quincy Enunwa vs. Browns CB Den­zel Ward. Enunwa is emerg­ing as Darnold’s fa­vorite tar­get and prov­ing ca­pa­ble of be­ing the top re­ceiver. Ward has shut­down cor­ner po­ten­tial.

Who wins? The Browns have been so close to win­ning for the first time since 2016. Play­ing at home in front of a des­per­ate crowd makes it fi­nally hap­pen.

Browns, 20-17

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