Cleveland Browns: Defensive takeaways from the Week 5 loss


All true. But the Patriots have looked vulnerable early this season, the Jets believe in themselves and if we have learned anything over the past half-year in NY sports it is that we know nothing at all.

BEREA, Ohio - Hue Jackson will take another day or two before announcing his starting quarterback for Sunday's Cleveland Browns game at Houston.

The Jets own a share of first place in the AFC East and can wrestle control of the division this Sunday when they host the also 3-2 New England Patriots.

The New York Jets (3-2) are riding in three-game winning streak. "It was a fade route". I won't assume that he's glad his first National Football League sack came not against Roethlisberger, but instead against National Football League journeymen Josh McCown of the Jets. He put it up perfectly. Not all of them merited a GIF and photo, but each play comes with a brief explainer of where Garrett lined up, what the result of the play was and what happened on the play.

The Jets expanded their lead to 17-7 with a 97-yard drive early in the fourth quarter, capped off by a 24-yard touchdown pass from McCown to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.

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Watt was injured on the play before the field goal and fell to the ground while being blocked. His 10-yard touchdown pass to De'Anthony Thomas extended the lead to 32-20 with 8:57 left.

Kizer is ranked last in the National Football League in passer rating (49.5), completion percentage (50.9) and yards per attempt (5.35). His two turnovers deep in the red zone prompted coach Hue Jackson to turn to Kevin Hogan in the second half.

As excited as they are, credit the Jets with being realistic. The New York Jets have won three straight home games.

"I felt good about what we were doing on offense, that we could knock them off the ball there", the coach said.

Against that backdrop, Jackson said his decision at quarterback will be what's best for the team and a young Kizer still learning through inevitable growing pains. "I don't think DeShone is, either". Sunday's win at the Cleveland Browns underscores this, in particular, their commitment to the trenches and protecting quarterback Josh McCown. Jackson said top pick Myles Garrett will play more this week after getting two sacks in just 18 snaps on Sunday.

On the other hand, what does starting Hogan say about his commitment to Kizer through the ups and downs - mostly downs - that were so easy to anticipate? "My job as quarterback here is to do whatever I can to help win and it's tough to do that when you aren't in the game due to poor performance".

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Gonzalez, who was selected in the seventh round of the draft this year and has made just 2 of 5 field goal attempts, was given the kicking job after beating out veteran Cody Parkey.

Another takeaway by the Jets thwarted Cleveland's next scoring drive.

The Jets have been penalized 19 times in their last two games, including nine in the 17-14 win at Cleveland. K Zane Gonzalez missed field-goal attempts from 52 and 39 yards.

"A little bit sore, but it will die down", he said after the game. He's also shown better command of the offense, isn't taking as many big hits, and doesn't appear rattled. That's today, obviously. My teammates have all the faith in the world in me. Brandin Cooks and Rob Gronkowski have combined for 697 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Chris Hogan has 23 receptions.

Kizer (8-of-17 passing, 87 yards, INT, fumble lost, 62.6 rating) was awful in the first half of Sunday's eventual 17-14 loss to the Jets and their underrated pass defense.

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Trubisky, however, was picked off by Harrison Smith on the very next play while trying to connect with tight end Zach Miller . With fewer penalties from the rest of the offense, Trubisky's game could have gone from subpar to statistically impressive.