After a huge letdown in Arizona last week, the Browns will try and get back on track Sunday at the Meadowlands as they take on Kellen Clemens and the New York Jets. The Jets have played better as of late, winning two of their last three beating the Steelers and Dolphins and in between getting slammed in Dallas. The Browns are still thinking about playing in January, but cannot afford to play as poorly as they did vs the Cardinals.
The Browns made mistakes galore, turning the ball over twice on their first two drives and falling into a 14-0 hole, and then the rest of the night they shot themselves with stupid penalties. Their offense did turn it around to make it 14-10 by halftime, and had a shot to win it in the end before a questionable call on a TD that should have been was not handed to them on the final play of the game. “We were definitely on a roll,” guard Eric Steinbach said. “It was a little wake up call to say, hey, four weeks left in the season. We’ve got to get things together.”
The Jets will try and exploit the Browns porous run defense, using Thomas Jones and Leon Washington. The pass defense is not all that much better for the Browns, as they have allowed 258.4 yards per game through the air, meaning that you can bet that Clemens will be putting the ball up a lot, looking for Jerricho Cotchery, who is back after missing last week with a broken right index finger. He leads the team with 54 catches and 730 yards.
Can the Jets defense stop the Browns? Probably not. The Browns need to get the ball more to Kellen Winslow, who only had three catches last week. The week before he had 10 catches for 107 yards in the win over the Texans. Look for Derek Anderson to have a big day, and with it the Browns will play a lot more within themselves and not make as many errors as the week before vs the Cards. Browns win by at least 10 over a Jets team that is playing better, but is still not all that good.