The Browns beat two early Super Bowl favorites in New Orleans and New England the last two weeks. Now they face their current coach’s former employers and yet another preseason contender in the Jets.
Eric Mangini vs. Rex Ryan, Braylon Edwards vs. the city of Cleveland. Oh, the possibilities. There’s some fantasy stuff in here, too. Let’s check it out.
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The Jets will attack Cleveland much differently than their previous two opponents. Their main offensive weapon is a ground game, bolstered by LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene, that has rushed for nearly 150 yards per contest. They had their worst game of the season against Detroit, but they should get back on track this week.
If Cleveland commits to stopping that attack, Mark Sanchez has proven he can beat defenses with tight end Dustin Keller and Braylon Edwards.
Emerging stud running back Peyton Hillis (184 yards, 2 scores last week) and starting rookie quarterback Colt McCoy are the beginning of big things in Cleveland. They, however, will likely struggle against a Jets defense that appears to have Darrelle Revis back at full power.
One last interesting note: The Browns have won three of the four meetings between these teams since they returned to the NFL in 1999.
Mark Sanchez, NYJ: 19-33, 232 yards, 1.6 TD, 0.9 INT, 5 rush yards
Colt McCoy, CLE: 18-32, 215 yards, 1.1 TD, 0.8 INT, 5 rush yards
Peyton Hillis, CLE: 95 yards, 0.8 TD, 4 catches, 30 receiving yards, 0.2 TD
LaDainian Tomlinson, NYJ: 70 yards, 0.4 TD, 4 catches, 30 receiving yards
Shonn Greene, NYJ: 40 yards, 0.1 TD, 1 catch, 10 receiving yards
Braylon Edwards, NYJ: 3-60, 0.7 TD
Mohammed Massaquoi, CLE: 3-50, 0.2 TD
Santonio Holmes, NYJ: 3-50, 0.1 TD
Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ: 3-30, 0.1 TD
Josh Cribbs, CLE: 2-25, 0.2 TD, 5 rush yards
Chansi Stuckey, CLE: 3-35
Brian Robiskie, CLE: 1-10
Dustin Keller, NYJ: 4-60, 0.7 TD
Ben Watson, CLE: 4-45, 0.5 TD
Evan Moore, CLE: 1-20
Nick Folk, NYJ: 1.6 FG, 2.3 XP
Phil Dawson, CLE: 1.3 FG, 1.9 XP
Jets: 1.9 sacks, 0.8 INT, 0.6 fumble recovery
Browns: 1.6 sacks, 0.9 INT, 0.3 fumble recovery