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Would win over Cleveland Browns mean much?

09 October 2017, 06:11 | Randolph Howard

Jets far from a top pick in updated 2018 draft projections

Jets far from a top pick in updated 2018 draft projections

"They have been great for a long time".

In the first half, the offense had 70 yards passing and only 9 yards rushing on 11:13 time of possession. The 0-2 start to the National Football League season has become part of the distant past and suddenly the Jets have a shot to move to 3-2 on the season with a win over the Browns on Sunday (Oct. 8).

Another shift came when backup Kevin Hogan replaced rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer after intermission. He did exactly that, boosting a pass rush that had struggled throughout the first month of the season. But there's also no doubt it didn't matter at the end.

Week 5's visit to Cleveland presents another entirely winnable game against the Browns (0-4), who've won one game since the start of 2016.

Team executives meet after every season and ask, "What can we do to best align ourselves to continue to be community leaders and enhance the fan experience for our fans and partners?"

Kizer failed to execute against the Jets in key spots.

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Hogan did his best dinking, dunking and occasional running, and that led to a crisper Cleveland offense overall.

The Jets' second touchdown drive of the game came after their defense held strong and forced a Browns turnover on downs when running back Isaiah Crowell failed to convert on fourth-and-two from the NY four-yard line. Browns coach Hue Jackson has posted a 1-19 record since becoming coach in 2016. The Browns will look to get their first win of the season next week as they travel to Houston to face Deshaun Watson and the Texans.

Although they were just playing the Browns, Josh McCown had a strong day for the Jets, throwing touchdowns to Jermaine Kearse and Austin Sefarian-Jenkins. This game could come down the wire, with either team winning on a late score, so I like taking the points here. He needs to keep being pushed into the fire and getting the right tough-love coaching - which didn't happen for him at the end at Notre Dame. Does this move rattle Kizer's belief in his coach? Of course, by benching Kizer Jackson has opened us all up to a week of Browns "quarterback controversy" talk, which is going to be hard to excuse him for.

So, could Hogan be the answer? I've always described last year as a one-year sabbatical. I'm not going to say it opens Pandora's box. "I have never felt that at all". Though they had three takeaways, quarterback Josh McCown also threw an interception.

But despite this setback, Kizer said his confidence hasn't been shaken.

After the timeout, Browns running back Isaiah Crowell took the handoff and was slammed by what seemed like the entire Jets defense. In the end, the Browns lost by three points. After securing the pick, Claiborne stepped his way across the field and down the right sideline for a 28-yard gain before being forced out of bounds by Browns left guard Joel Bitonio.

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