The New York Jets, mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, return home to MetLife Stadium to take on the Cleveland Browns. This could potentially be head coach Rex Ryan’s last home game as New York Jets head coach. While some assume that this will be a game of attrition, both teams have been involved in some close games this year. Let’s get to know your opponent for Week 16, Gang Green.
Week 16: Cleveland Browns, 4-10 last week: L v Chicago, 38-31
2013 Offensive Rankings: 27th in Points Per game (20.6 ppg), 14th in total yards (346.2 per game), 9th in passing yards (261.2 per game), 1st in passing attempts (42.8 per game), 9th in passing touchdowns (25), 24th in interceptions thrown (17), 27th in yards gained per attempt (5.7), 27th in rushing yards (84.9 per game), 30th in rushing attempts (21.9 per game), 32nd in rushing touchdowns (3), 25th in yards per carry (3.9).
Overview: The Browns are coming off a loss to the Chicago Bears where they allowed 21 points in the 4th quarter and lost by a TD. They are on their 3rd starting QB of the year, traded their former first round pick (Trent Richardson) to the Colts, and have a rookie head coach in former Panthers Offensive Coordinator Rob Chudzinski. Despite all of this, the Browns have been more competitive, as seven of their losses this year have been by 8 points or less.
Their offense is led by Wide Receiver Josh Gordon, a future all-pro, who is second on the team with 74 receptions, has totaled 1467 yards, and 9 TDs. Gordon, once the subject of trade rumors, has blossomed into arguably a top 5 WR this year despite the upheaval at the QB position. He’s joined by Browns Tight End Jordan Cameron, who leads the team in receptions with 75, is second with 848 yards, and second with 7 TDs. Cameron and Gordon have allowed the Browns to have the 9th ranked passing offense in the league no matter who is at QB.
The Browns QB on Sunday will be former first round pick Jason Campbell. Campbell has started 6 games for the Browns this year, and he’s completed 58.9 percent of his passes for 1597 yards, 10 TDs, and 5 INTs. Campbell’s coming off a 273 yard game against the Bears. The offensive lkine has allowed the 5th most sacks in the league, so it’s been on Campbell to make a quick read (usually to Gordon or Cameron). The Browns have had to lean on their passing game, since their running game has been non existent.
Willis McGahee is the team’s starting RB, and he’s totaled 138 carries, 377 yards, a 2.7 yards per carry average, and 2 TDs since signing with the Browns after the Trent Richardson trade. The Browns offensive line hasn’t gotten many opportunities to run block, since the time is currently ranked 30th in rushing attempts and 25th in yards per attempt.
TE Jordan Cameron (OUT)
WR Davone Bess (QUESTIONABLE)
RB Willis McGahee (PROBABLE)
LT Joe Thomas (PROBABLE)
2013 Defensive Rankings: 21st in points allowed (25.9 per game), 8th in yards allowed (328.9 per game), 9th in passing defense (225.1 per game), 21st in passing touchdowns allowed (26), 20th in interceptions (12), 4th in yards per completion allowed (5.5), 8th in rushing defense (103.7 per game), 3rd in yards per carry allowed (3.7), 16th in rushing touchdowns allowed (11), and 22nd in total turnovers forced (19).
Overview: The guys that Kellen Winslow said couldn’t guard him actually have the 9th ranked pass defense in the league. The Browns have allowed one 300 yard passer all year, and 5 of the QBs they’ve faced have thrown for less than 200 yards. The secondary is led by CB Joe Haden, who has 42 tackles and 4 INTs. Strong Safety TJ Ward leads the team in tackles with 70. Their pass rush is led by Jabaal Sheard and Barkevious Mingo, who have 5.5 and 5 sacks respectively. Free Agent signing Paul Kruger has 4.5 sacks in his first year in Cleveland. The team has a total of 39 sacks, 12 INTs, and have scored three defensive touchdowns. They’ve also forced 7 fumbles.
CB Joe Haden (DOUBTFUL)
SS TJ Ward (PROBABLE)
Travis Benjamin is the team’s primary punt returner, and he’s averaging 11.7 yards per return. Fozzy Whitaker is the team’s primary kick returner, and he’s averaging 19.5 yards per return. Billy Cundiff is 19-24 on the year, with all of his misses coming from 30-50 yards. Spencer Lanning is averaging 43.9 yards per punt.
The Browns lead the series 13-8. Rex is 1-0 against the Browns as the Jets head coach.