Writer: Randy Gurzi
Game: New York Jets (1-1) at Cleveland Browns (0-1-1)
Summary: The Cleveland Browns were front and center all offseason. They owned draft night with the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks and then they were featured on ‘Hard Knocks.’ The attention continued as they were in Prime Time for most of their preseason games, again drawing a ton of eyes. Now they hit the bright lights again as FirstEnergy Stadium will be the site of Thursday Night Football in Week 3.
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Visiting the Browns will be the New York Jets — and prepare yourself for the annoying storyline. Since Cleveland drafted Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall and Sam Darnold went to the Jets at No. 3, that will be the main topic. It will be driven into the ground that Mayfield is sitting and Darnold is playing. Every time Darnold completes a pass, some yahoo on social media will chime in and claim he’s the new GOAT and the Browns messed up. It will be a joy.
Then Darnold will likely get beat up a bit. The Browns defense is straight up nasty. They forced six turnovers against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 and slowed down Drew Brees and the Saints in Week 2. They’ve nearly won both games whereas the Jets looked good against a hapless Lions team and struggled against the Dolphins. Expect the struggling Jets to show up here because this is the best defense they’ve seen yet.
Cleveland will also play well on offense as they turn it over to a rookie. No, not Mayfield but Chubb. After Carlos Hyde has struggled, the Browns give it to Nick Chubb who scores a late touchdown that puts the game away for good. The Browns win by more than one score as their defense again shines — the first victory since 2016 arrives in Prime Time. And it’s Bud Light for all!
Final Score: Cleveland 24, New York 13