Overview, predictions, what to watch

an interior IWatch Sunday’s Week 2 Jets-Browns game in Cleveland.

Marquee Match

Jets LT George Fant and RT Max Mitchell vs. Browns rushers Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney

The Ravens fired Joe Flacco three times last week and hit him 11 times. It wasn’t a good showing from the Jets’ revamped offensive line.

Now…they have to face one of the best tandems in the NFL: Garrett and Clowney. Garrett had two sacks last week against Carolina and Clowney had a half sack.

Garrett is a major headache for any team that plays against him. He’s already had four seasons with double-digit sacks, and his Week 1 performance makes it look like he’s ready to add a fifth season.

Fant didn’t play well in Week 1 after returning to left tackle. Mitchell, a rookie, was OK in his first game, but it will be a much bigger test.

George Fant and Myles Garrett
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“Myles Garrett is an absolute problem. He’s a man on a mission,” Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur said. “You could see him at least a week, you could see him last year. Jadeveon Clowney will always be a problem, having to play him in Seattle in 2019, the year [the 49ers] went to the Super Bowl. He destroyed our game. … They are a problem.

Costello’s Call

Head coach Robert Saleh gave the Jets a rallying cry this week, and now we’ll see if they can prove to their coach that this team is different. A win over a talented Brown side would go a long way towards that. I think the Jets will play inspired defense and get just enough offensively to pull off the upset.

Jets 20, Browns 10

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On the run: It’s no mystery what the Browns want to do on offense. They rushed for 217 yards last week, with Nick Chubb (141 rushing yards) and Kareem Hunt (one rushing touchdown, one receiving touchdown) slicing the Panthers.

The Jets did a good job of slowing down the rushing offense of Lamar Jackson and the Ravens last week. It will be another big challenge. The Jets will surely stack the box and try to force backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett to make plays to beat them.

“When it comes to the running game, we have to go with our big boy pads because we know they’re going to run the ball,” linebacker CJ Mosley said.

It’s a different style of running play than the Ravens, but the keys again will be whether the Jets can keep the backs out of big runs and whether they can build the advantage against this crew.

Long time ahead: The Browns won their first Week 1 game since 2004 last week, and now they’re trying to start 2-0 for the first time since they were the old Browns in 1993. That team was coached by Bill Belichick and the quarterback by Bernie Kosar. So it’s been a while.

Cleveland fans will be excited for the home opener and Brownie the Elf’s debut as the midfielder’s logo, something voted for by fans.

Jets quarterback Joe Flacco knows the Browns well. He is 17-3 in his career against Cleveland and 8-2 at FirstEnergy Stadium, with 11 touchdown passes and six interceptions there.

Hello Mr. Wilson: Jets coaches admitted this week that they needed to do a better job involving rookie receiver Garrett Wilson in the game. Wilson had just six snaps in the first half last week before having a bigger role later in the game when the Jets were playing catch-up. Wilson finished with four catches for 52 yards on his debut. Offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur praised Wilson’s effort.

“The game just isn’t too big for him,” LaFleur said. “You never know before the first game, I had a pretty good idea how he was going to react.”

Keep your receipts: Head coach Robert Saleh made big news Monday when he promised to remember what critics say about the Jets by “keeping the receipts.” Now the Jets need to back up their coach’s speech. One loss to the Browns and you can be sure fans will show up at MetLife Stadium next week waving their own receipts.

Saleh is adamant that this team is different, but he knows the Jets have to prove it.

“It’s not the same old Jets, but until we win, until we prove it, which is up to us as coaches and up to us as players, the shots will keep going. ‘happen,’ Saleh said, ‘so we welcome them, keep bringing them, that won’t change our mission and that’s to bring victory to this organization and this fanbase.


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