Browns fly into NY for Monday night fight with Jets

Baker Mayfield looks to bounce back, Sam Darnold sidelined for NY

Daryl Ruiter
September 16, 2019 - 12:12 am

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Cleveland, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Now that everyone has had their say, it’s time to play some football Monday night in New Jersey.


Odell Beckham Jr. will be watching out for cheap shots from the Jets after Gregg Williams allegedly targeted him in a 2017 preseason game in Cleveland. Williams fired back in the only way he knows how by trying to diss Beckham with an, “Odell who?” and making it clear he doesn’t believe Beckham is one of the most prolific players in the game.

We found out how much Damarious Randall hates Williams, the Browns’ former defensive coordinator and interim coach, but the safety won’t see the field because of a concussion.

Jets coach Adam Gase used to threaten to trade players to the Browns when he was with Miami and receiver Jarvis Landry wants to thank him Monday night by handing Gase a big fat L. In related news, current Dolphins would kill to escape south Florida these days.  

Okay, enough with the nonsense. There’s a pretty important game to be played in which the Browns can not afford to fall to 0-2 with the Los Angeles Rams rolling into town next Sunday night.

What to watch for – Let’s start with quarterback Baker Mayfield. He will try to put three awful fourth quarter throws and a beating from the Titans behind him. Statistically it looked as if the Browns offensive line took Week 1 off, well, Greg Robinson did following his ejection, but Mayfield bears some of the blame for he five sacks and seven QB hits he took. Mayfield needs to get back to getting the ball out quick instead of holing on to it hoping a big play down field develops.

On the flip side, the Browns defense is not getting a night off just because Sam Darnold is sidelined with mononucleosis. It’s a bummer that we’ll be deprived of Mayfield v. Darnold Episode II, but Jets backup Trevor Siemian has 26 games and 24 starts under his belt. He’s completed 59 percent of his passes and has a plus-6 touchdown to interception ratio.

Williams will most assuredly prompt his players to agitate the Browns. Whether or not that agitation comes between whistles or after them remains to be seen but after the Browns were hit with a disqualification plus unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness penalties last week against Tennessee, controlling their emotions was not a strength of Freddie Kitchens' team. The Browns were flagged 20 times with 18 penalties enforced for a whopping 182 yards.

The Jets are battered and bruised. Their defense will be without two key pieces – linebacker C.J. Mosely, who bolted Baltimore for a five-year, $85 million deal earlier this year, and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. Left tackle Kelvin Beachum, right guard Brian Winters, defensive lineman Steve McLendon and receiver Demaryius Thomas are all questionable.

Running back Le’Veon Bell said he is a go after getting positive test results back on his shoulder. He ran for 60 yards on 17 carries in his Jets debut. In six games against the Browns Bell has racked up 539 yards and three rushing touchdowns.

Last week – Browns lost to the Titans 43-13; Jets lost to the Bills 17-16

Last Time – Sept. 20, 2018: Browns 21, Jets 17. Baker Mayfield, in relief of Tyrod Taylor, rallies Cleveland from 14-0 down late in the second quarter for their first victory since Week 16 of the 2016 season, ending a 19-game winless streak.

Series – Browns lead 13-12.  

Memorable moment – The Browns beat the Jets 31-21 in the first ever Monday Night Football game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium on Sept. 21, 1970. The game was broadcast on ABC television and began the prime-time revolution for the NFL. Putting the 2019 matchup between the two franchises on the schedule for the 50th season of Monday Night Football was a no-brainer.

The Browns last played on Monday night on Nov. 20, 2015, the famed kick-6 loss to the Ravens, and the team's last win on Monday night was a 29-27 victory at Buffalo on Nov. 17, 2008.

Rankings – Points scored: Browns 27 (13.0), Jets 25 (16)   

Yards: Browns 19 (346.0), Jets 30 (223.0)  

Rushing: Browns 17 (102.0), Jets 26 (68.0)  

Passing: Browns 18 (244.0), Jets 31 (155.0)

Points allowed: Browns 30 (43.0), Jets 10t (17.0)   

Yards allowed: Browns 10 (339.0), Jets 16 (370.0)   

Rushing yards allowed: Browns 21t (123.0), Jets 25 (128.0)  

Passing yards allowed: Browns 11t (216.0), Jets 14 (242.0)   

Turnover ratio:  Browns 28t (-3), Jets 1t (+3)   

Probable Starters – Offense: WR Odell Beckham Jr., TE David Njoku, LT Greg Robinson, LG Joel Bitonio, C JC Tretter, RG Eric Kush, RT Chris Hubbard, QB Baker Mayfield, WR Jarvis Landry, WR Rashard Higgins, RB Nick Chubb

Defense: DE Myles Garrett, DT Larry Ogunjobi, DT Sheldon Richardson, DE Olivier Vernon, WILL Christian Kirksey, MIKE Joe Schobert, CB Terrance Mitchell, CB Denzel Ward, FS Eric Murray, S Jermaine Whitehead, SS Morgan Burnett

Injury report – Out: S Damarious Randall (hand/concussion), RB Dontrell Hilliard (concussion), OT Kendall Lamm (knee), LB Adarius Taylor (ankle); Questionable: LG Joel Bitonio (abdomen), WR Rashard Higgins (knee), QB Drew Stanton (knee), DE Chris Smith (personal); Expected to play: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hip), DT Larry Ogunjobi (shoulder), K Austin Seibert (right hip)

Broadcast – Radio: 92.3 The Fan, 98.5 WNCX and the University Hospitals Cleveland Browns radio network. TV: ESPN, WKYC TV-3

Kickoff – 8:15 p.m. – MetLife Stadium – Cleveland, Ohio

Our prediction – Browns 24, Jets 16

Our prediction record – 0-1