The Cleveland Browns may be favored against the New York Jets but they do have some players to worry about.
If you were to tell me on Monday, that the Cleveland Browns or the New York Jets won the game 12-9, I wouldn’t even doubt you. The Browns’ offense is all sorts of messy. They have two huge issues on the offensive line in Jedrick Wills and Ethan Pocic, and their two other top tackles, Jack Conklin and Chris Hubbard are dealing with injury issues stemming back to 2021.
The Browns receivers aren’t very good and in one game so far, their top two paid guys in Amari Cooper and David Njoku failed to show up. We can blame Jacoby Brissett for some of that, sure, but he got the ball to Donovan Peoples-Jones, so it’s not like he can’t get it to open guys on occasion.
The Browns’ offense is a wreck and the Jets are dealing with the same issues. A destroyed offensive line, a bad quarterback, and wide receivers who are all hype and name and not so much reliable talent.
So this will be a defensive slugfest. That’s partly why two of the three names on this list are from the Jets’ defense, as the Jets’ defense is very very good. The Jets’ offense may not score a touchdown all year, but their defense held the Ravens to just 24 points and 63 yards rushing. So they are a threat, especially against this compromised Browns’ offense.
Three New York Jets that the Cleveland Browns will need to gameplan for
It should worry everyone that two of the Jets’ top five players graded this past week were defensive linemen. Quinnen Williams, the Jets All-World tackle, and John Franklin-Myers, the team’s versatile defensive linemen, both put up great scores against a Ravens team that mirrors the Browns in many ways offensively. With the Browns having issues from the center on down to left tackle, the Jets may overload that side of the line. If that happens, who knows what chaos will be dropped on the heads of the Browns?
Rookie Garrett Wilson is all hype right now, but the young man has speed for days. The Browns’ secondary got burned by Robby Anderson, so clearly the Browns should be worried about the opposing team’s speed. If the Jets can take advantage of the safeties in zone as the Panthers did, then the Jets may look really good.
D.J. Reed Jr
D.J. Reed is the Jets’ best-performing cornerback and played in 100% of the team’s defensive plays on Sunday. The team may very well find it hard to move the ball against Reed, and if the team was expecting the Jets to be the game that got Amari Cooper going, I wouldn’t put money down, as Reed seems to be coming into his own. Maybe with a better quarterback, Cooper could break out, but all off-season people said Cooper would elevate Brissett’s game so that better start happening. Considering the amount of money he’s making, someone like Brandon Weedon would be expected to have a good game with Cooper as his top option.