FIRST ENERGY STADIUM
DANNY SHERIDAN'S LINE: BROWNS BY 3
STADIUM AND WEATHER INFO
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 according to USA Today Sports Weekly:
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.
Matchup to watch according to Browns Backers of North Jersey:
Browns K Greg Joseph vs. The Pressure of 1st NFL Game
Joseph has never kicked in a regular season game. We all know this game is going to come down to a field goal.
Who will win and why according to USA Today Sports Weekly:
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 JETS-17
Who will win and why according to Browns Backers of North Jersey:
The Browns are playing at home on national television. As much as the Browns could be 0-2, they could also be 2-0. The defense has been playing very well and creating turnovers. The offense is starting to gel and the offensive line was not flagged once last week. The Browns are starting to put it together and this week they put a complete game together in front of the home crowd.
Who will win according to Browns Backers of North Jersey President Steve Stavrenos:
2018 SEASON STANDINGS:
USA TODAY SPORTS WEEKLY: 0-2
BROWNS BACKERS OF NORTH JERSEY: 0-2
BROWNS BACKERS OF NORTH JERSEY PRESIDENT STEVE STAVRENOS: 0-2