Three reasons the Cleveland Browns are looking at a trap game with the New York Jets.
The Cleveland Browns should defeat the New York Jets on paper. Their offense is not very good at the moment and a lot of that has to do with the fact that Joe Flacco is the guy directing the offense. The team doesn’t seem to have a spark and they limped to the finish line against the Baltimore Ravens last week.
The Browns are a better-built, healthier team, but that’s just perception. What is the reality? The reality is, that we don’t know. We don’t know what the Browns are going to do on Sunday because this is pro sports and nothing is guaranteed.
There is every chance the Jets play the game of their lives and knocks the Browns in the teeth early and often. The Browns proved against the Panthers that they can unravel with enough pressure. Can the Jets mimic the Panthers’ best qualities while hiding their worst? Only one way to find out.
So if the Jets do pull off the upset, how would it go?
Three reasons the New York Jets can defeat the Cleveland Browns
The Jets have much better interior tackles
The Jets have better interior defensive tackles than the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers were able to jam up Joel Bitoio and Ethan Pocic late in the second half, rendering the Browns’ rushing attack much more manageable for the Panthers’ defense to handle. The Jets’ defense was able to handle Lamar Jackson and the Ravens on the ground, so it stands to reason they could have a repeat performance. If they can stifle, slow down or outright stop the Browns’ rushing game, the Jets can win this game.
The Jets have speed that will challenge the secondary
The Browns got beat by Robby Anderson last week not because he’s some legendary Hall of Famer talent, but because he has a sub 4.0 40-yard dash, and got behind the Browns’ exposed set of safeties. The Browns’ safeties are not good, no one can dispute this, It’s been two seasons of watching them get beat deep. If Flacco has enough time and can summon whatever old-man power he still has, he can repeat the performance against the Browns. Especially with guys like speedster Garrett Wilson on the roster.
The Browns were lucky not to turn the ball over against the Panthers
Jacoby Brissett threw a lot of bad balls, but none more so than the Fail Mary he tossed up that was picked off by a Panthers defender. An interception that would have stood had his teammate not been so eager for an autograph from the Browns wide receiver. It turns out its illegal to maul a receiver before the ball gets to him. Go figure. If the Jets can avoid making the boneheaded moves that the Panthers’ defense did, especially the personal fouls, then the Jets may be able to force more turnovers.