The New York Jets defeated the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
The Cleveland Browns blew their guaranteed wins against the New York Jets and did so just like it was expected; by being awful against the pass. The Browns held a 30-17 lead in the final 90 seconds of the game, but Joe Flacco did what Flacco does so well, and that’s beat the Browns in Cleveland.
The Browns were not very good in the first half, not being able to establish a rushing game, and a defense that was so bad, that they made Flacco look elite during the game. Jacoby Brissett did his very best to not only get the teams’ offense going but to keep them shot for shot with the Jets.
The second half was much improved for the Browns running game, taking advantage of the heat, and grinding the Jets’ defense down with rushing attack after rushing attack. Jets players were cramping all second half and the Browns were able to really exploit that.
It’s a testament to the running game and the faith in it that they never went away from it even as it started to look like it would be completely ineffective. The Browns rode the running game to a 30-17 lead, making it seem like the game was over.
Then Cade York missed an extra point.
Just like that the football gods seemingly punished the Browns fandom. Flacco threw a wide-open pass for a touchdown, exposing the extremely bad Browns defensive secondary in the process. Then the Jets’ special teams kicked the ball right at Amari Cooper on the subsequent onside kick, and Cooper couldn’t recover the ball, allowing the Jets to get the ball back.
The Jets would then dissect the Browns in about a minute, and threw the game-tieing touchdown. The Jets would kick the extra point for the lead, and a Fail Mary by Brissett got picked off to close the game.