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What are your predictions for the New York Jets vs. the Cleveland Browns in week 8?
Joe Caporoso – The Jets will be looking to avoid a letdown against the league’s worst team on the road. This should be a favorable matchup for them because Cleveland doesn’t have the quarterback to beat them down the field, with either a recovering Josh McCown or rookie Kevin Hogan under center, and lead receiver Terrelle Pryor less than 100%. This is another “get well” game for the Jets defense, who can hopefully compile a few more turnovers.
On the other side of the ball, Cleveland has struggled to stop the run (they have the second worst run defense in the NFL) and the Jets shouldn’t hesitate to put this game on Matt Forte’s back. Run the ball down Cleveland’s throat and supplement it with a short passing game that lets Brandon Marshal and Quincy Enunwa run after the catch.
Todd Bowles has avoided losses when the Jets are notable favorites (think Tennessee, Dallas, Miami last year) and I don’t think that trend stops on Sunday with a double digit Jets win.
Dalbin Osorio – The Browns are the worst team in the NFL so, with that said, I predict a 12-6 defensive shootout because the Jets are starting the worst QB in the NFL in Ryan Fitzpatrick. Pick up Nick Folk in fantasy and get those guaranteed field goals because this won’t be a game Fitzpatrick plays “pissed off” or whatever idiotic thing comes out of his mouth next. The Jets would be wise to run the ball with Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, and Tramayne Pope. Use the run to set up the run, and limit Fitzpatrick’s ability to hand a game to the Browns. If you do throw it, don’t throw it down field. Fitzpatrick is a one read QB and the Browns know it. Curls and ins should be the name of the throwing game, but realistically a game similar to the Jets vs. Dolphins where Rex Ryan refused to let Geno Smith throw the ball is what I predict to happen.
David Aitken – In the Browns the Jets have far and away the weakest opponent they have yet faced or will face all year. As unenthused a lot of the fan base is to see Fitzpatrick continue to suit up as starter, he’s probably going to play reasonably well against a team that struggles to defend the pass amongst a slew of other issues. The pass defense should carry some momentum from last week into this game as the likely starter is Kevin Hogan, a 5th round pick rookie originally drafted by the Chiefs. While this could be a dangerous game for a team that has as fragile confidence as the Jets have right now, Bowles has thus far avoided massive letdowns against teams the Jets are clearly levels ahead of. The Jets should win this game comfortably, I’ll say 31-14.
Kevin Zielaznicki – After finally getting their second win of the season, the Jets head to Cleveland to take on the winless Browns. The Jets are now back with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback after Geno Smith tore his ACL against the Baltimore Ravens and it is assumed that he’ll be on a short leash this Sunday. It is up in the air who will be the #2 quarterback behind Fitz, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he plays poorly (again) and we see Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg replace him against the Browns. This is definitley a trap game for the Jets and I don’t think it’ll be a cake walk against them, especially with the Cleveland fans motivated with the success of the Indians and Cavaliers, but I think the Jets will pull through and get to 3-5. Todd Bowles and the Jets defense will shut-down the Browns’ running game and force rookie quarterback Kevin Hogan to beat them through the air. Jets win 27-10.
John Hargaden -Following a win last week and the loss of Geno Smith, the Jets lead once again by Ryan Fitzpatrick make the trip to Ohio, the sports capital of the world, to face the Cleveland Browns. The Browns who are 0-7 have played close games the entire year and have fought every week. This is not going to be easy game for this Jets going on the road to the Dog pound. There is no way that I have any confidence in Fitzpatrick to inspire me this week. Even though the Jets are not a good team the Browns are in a total rebuilding situation. I believe it is the Jets defense, who showed significant signs of progress last week, will come alive again this week against Kevin Hogan and company this week. The Browns will look to us Isiah Crowell in multiple different ways both in and out of the backfield, the Jets have the 2nd ranked run defense so I do believe that we will be able to contain Crowell. By mid Sunday afternoon, the Jets will move to 3-5 Jets 27 Browns 14
Matthew Stalker – Well, heading into Cleveland this Sunday, the Jets are once again with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center with losing Geno Smith to an ACL injury. Hopefully soon to be giving reps to Bryce Petty, but that’s a story for another day. The Jets face the Browns, who are winless this season and will start Kevin Hogan, their 7th quarterback of season. Despite the circumstances, the Jets cannot sleep on a Cleveland team and fan base who has seen the Cavaliers raise an NBA Championship banner and the Indians win Game 1 of World Series (with three more games before Sunday). Offensively, the Jets need to stick to the run game and play safe. Fitzpatrick being “pissed off” at the Jets staff does not make me any more confident than I was prior to his benching. Do not allow him to make the mistakes to put you in a hole or set you up for a loss. Defensively, I am hoping for more secondary improvement, the front to stuff Isaiah Crowell and the run with that top five rush defense and keep a close eye on wideout Terrelle Pryor Sr. I expect the Jets’ defense and rushing game to continue to improve from their performance last week against the Ravens and the team to tally their third win of the season.
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