Writer: Elliot Kennel
Game Cleveland Browns (0-1) at New York Jets (0-1)
Your humble correspondent is still drinking the orange-flavored Kool-Aid. The Browns are not going to lose to the New York Jets.
Yes, it looks bad right now, after totally self-destructing against the Titans and doing everything possible to lose a football game.
But the Browns still have all that talent, and the Jets are not at the same level as the Titans.
The Jets allowed four sacks of quarterback Sam Darnold versus Buffalo, and for good measure, they added nine hits on him. This kind of pounding is simply not survivable by even the toughest quarterback. It is not going to get any better for the Jets versus Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon.
Darnold will need to throw some screens to new offensive weapon Le’Veon Bell who is back in the league after waging an unwinnable battle over the Steelers. Has he still got it after a year’s worth of rust? More importantly, he no longer has three Pro Bowl offensive linemen blocking for him as he did in Pittsburgh. Scuttlebutt is that Gase did not favor signing Bell. Hence the Jets fired GM. Mike Maccagnan and hired Joe Douglas.
The Jets have quarterback guru Adam Gase as the head coach, with former Browns QB coach Dowell Loggains as the offensive coordinator, and former Browns head coach Gregg Williams running the defense.
It is hard to see the Jets succeeding on the ground or via the pass. Their best chance is to get the Browns to take themselves out of the game via penalties as they did against Tennessee. In that game, the young Browns acted like immature, over-emotional, frustrated wannabees. Can that be coached out of them in time for Monday Night Football?
Pass the orange Kool-Aid, I’m ready for another round!
Prediction: Cleveland Browns 27, New York Jets 17