We caught up with Luis Tirado of The Jet Press to learn more about the New York Jets before tomorrow’s matchup with the Cleveland Browns.
The Cleveland Browns finally return home this Sunday to take on the New York Jets in a rematch of last year’s season opener.
The Jets came out on top, but the Browns enter this year’s game with a great chance to pull off a victory, even though they are underdogs on paper.
The Jets are led by Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was benched a week ago, only to return to action after Geno Smith went down with a torn ACL. He has been gifted a second chance, but rain in the forecast may mean his interception problems continue.
To learn more about the Jets before the Week 8 matchup, we caught up with Luis Tirado, site expert at The Jet Press, to get his thoughts on the game.
1. What is the view in New York surrounding Ryan Fitzpatrick? Are fans happy he is back after losing the job to Geno Smith?
LT: Things haven’t really changed, really. Fans were excited to see if Geno Smith would bring a much-needed spark and he did until he got that unfortunate torn ACL injury. People weren’t glad Fitzpatrick is back but it is what it is.
For now, he’s our best option as the Jets want to wait until Bryce Petty is 100 percent healthy and ready to start if Fitzpatrick goes back to being abysmal. Petty is coming back from a shoulder injury so he might be ready to start in another week or two if another quarterback switch is needed. Fans aren’t all that happy Fitzpatrick got his starting job back after just a week of being benched.
2. Do Jets fans see a matchup with the Browns as an automatic win?
LT: I think all of Jets Nation knows this is a trap game. The Jets have been known to go into a game that they absolutely should win but then fall short. To be honest, I don’t see the Jets winning this game since the Browns play with heart and passion as it’s only a matter of time before something goes their way. The defense of the Jets is pretty bad and with McCown back, I think this won’t be a landslide for the Jets to leave Cleveland victorious.
3. Last year the Jets defeated the Browns in the season opener. How are the Jets a different team from that game a year ago?
LT: Their defense isn’t what it used to be and the same can be said about their offense. Things just don’t feel the same and it’s mainly due to the strength of opponents the Jets have been facing and how everyone had a year to figure out “Fitzmagic” as well as contain the pass rush of the Jets.
4. Who is one under-the-radar player on the Jets that Browns fans should look out for?
LT: Keep an eye out for wide receiver Robby Anderson. He has a nice skill-set and should be able to make the most out of opportunities. All eyes will be on Brandon Marshall and with Eric Decker out for the season with a torn shoulder injury, others have to step up. Anderson will be one to watch in this matchup and for the rest of the season.
5. What is your prediction for the game?
LT: Jets lose a heartbreaker, 17-14.