The New York Jets host the Cleveland Browns in the their final home game of the 2013 regular season. MetLife Stadium has been kind to the team this year, as they currently hold a 5-2 record at home, including upset victories over the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints. While the game is “meaningless” since it involves two teams out of playoff contention, let’s hope the Jets can do something they haven’t done the past two seasons, finish strong.
We all remember the three game losing streak to end the 2011 season, which has kicked off a downward trend of Jets football. Last year, in a similar position after being eliminated in week 15, the Jets lost to a mediocre San Diego team at home and an equally mediocre Buffalo team on the road to wrap up a 6-10 season. Cleveland is better than their record indicates, particularly on the defensive side of the football but this should still be a winnable game for the Jets, particularly if the players want to make a statement about bringing Rex Ryan back. My guess would be Rex’s fate has already been decided (and my money is on him coming back, for what that’s worth) but it would be nice to avoid ending the season on a three game losing streak (for the third straight year) and finishing 1-6 after the bye week, no?
And now on to the predictions…
1. Josh Gordon will finish with 6 receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown against the Jets secondary.
2. Chris Ivory will run for 75 yards and a touchdown.
3. Kellen Winslow Jr will have 4 receptions for 55 yards.
4. Jason Campbell will throw for 240 yards, one touchdown, one interception and be sacked four times.
5. If Kyle Wilson returns kicks, he will take a knee every…single…time.
6. Nick Folk, the beast, will knock through three more field goals.
7. Geno Smith will have over 200 yards of total offense, two total touchdowns and two turnovers.
8. Jeremy Kerley will have 3 receptions for 45 yards.
9. Calvin Pace will lock up his 10th sack…officially becoming the title holder of the quietest double digit sack season in NFL history.
10. Bilal Powell will have 45 yards of total offense.
11. The Jets will run at least two trick plays on offense.
12. The Jets will win and cover, 23-20 in front of a 30% full MetLife Stadium.