The Cleveland Browns and New York Jets play under the Thursday Night Lights on prime TV, and these five matchups will determine the outcome of Week 3.
If the Cleveland Browns are going to win their first game since Dec. 24, 2016 the franchise is going to need these five matchups to go there way.
The Browns kickoff against the New York Jets at 8:20 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NFL Network or Channel 19 (CBS) in the Cleveland area.
Myles Garrett, EDGE vs. Kelvin Beachum, LT
With Sam Darnold playing under the Thursday Night Lights, the rookie’s going to need his blind side protected, and that puts a lot of pressure on Jets’ left tackle Kelvin Beechum.
Beecham has a 55.9 grade from Pro Football Focus, which is considered average.
When you factor in Myles Garrettis an elite talent, the Browns’ defensive end should feast against an inferiors opponent.
Garrett wasn’t heard from much during the Browns’ loss to the Saints, but who really knows how he impacted the game, just for the simple fact that he draws so much attention.
Remember, defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi broke through for two sacks (should’ve been three).
Garrett should also benefit from Darold’s comfort in moving the pocket. The rookie does a good job of keeping his eyes down field, but I have high hopes he’ll run into a few sacks, courtesy of Garrett, Genard Avery, or Chris Smith.
The Jets really struggled to slow the pass rush of the Dolphins in Week 2 and Garrett has nine sacks in his first 13 games.
With the national television cameras all around, this could be a huge coming out party for Garrett and the Browns’ pass rush.