Final Score: Jets 24 – Browns 13

NFL: Cleveland Browns at New York Jets

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Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes, both to David Nelson while Smith ran for another. The Jets rookie quarterback posted his first game with two touchdown passes since October and he also had no turnovers or sacks. Smith was 20 of 36 for 214 yards and rushed for 48 yards.

RB Chris Ivory rushed for 109 yards on 20 carries for the Jets while WR David Nelson who was in camp with the Browns over the summer ended the game with four catches for 33 yards and two scores.

The Browns led 10-0 late into the first half, but the differential could have been higher. The Browns turned the ball over downs on the Jets one yard line early in the second quarter after Browns QB Jason Campbell threw three straight incompletions — the last two of which were aimed at emering star WR Josh Gordon.

Speaking of Gordon, the second year receiver had six catches for 97 yards, but was mostly a non-factor for the Browns.  Gordon was often bracket-covered thanks to the absence of WR Davone Bess and TE Jordan Cameron.

Heading into the half, the Jets scored twice in 78 seconds to tie the game at 10 apiece.  WR David Nelson finished off a 13-play drive by catching a six yarder across the back of the end zone for his first touchdown with the Jets.

After a Browns went three-and-out, the Jets got the ball back with 34 seconds and RB Bilal Powell helped the Jets with a 39-yard run, followed by an eight yard and then eleven yard run by Geno Smith.  Smith’s 11 yarder ended when Tashaun Gipson pushed the quarterback out of bounds. The play was similar to the LaVonte David play which helped win the Jets their first game of the season over the Bucs. Smith seemed to play up the Gipson shove and the Browns were flagged.  That penalty put the ball at the Browns 14 yard line for a Nick Folk field goal as time expired.

With the game then tied at 10, Nelson got his second touchdown catch of the game on the second play of the fourth quarter.  After the game, Nelson told ESPN NY 98.7 that play has been six weeks in the making.  Nelson and Smith had been working with that route for Mornhinweg for more than a month and the coordinator finally felt comfortable running it in game.

Rookie corner Dee Milliner had his first interception as a pro, while Ed Reed logged his 63rd. It was Reed’s pick which sealed the Browns’ fate in their loss to the Jets.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Right now no one is looking for this team to be the best team in the AFC, but it is fair to expect them to be competitive and they have done that consistently in the last three weeks since the quarterback has started to loosen up his game.

With reports coming out today from Fox’s Jay Glazer (it is well publicized that Glazer is a friend of Rex Ryan) that Ryan’s job status is uncertain, Jets players showed no evidence Sunday against the Browns of a team giving up on their coach.  Since the game was the team’s last home game of the 2013 season  coaches and players took a lap to meet and thank fans around MetLife Stadium after the victory.

Rex Ryan might not be certain of his future, but the last three games have proven that this is still a very competitive team playing out their hearts for their coach.  Geno Smith has been the one of the main causes of the team’s woes for much of the season, so to see him dialing in his game has allowed this team to compete, if not win every game in the last three weeks.

The Dolphins might have lost Sunday to Buffalo, but Miami is still in the hunt for the playoffs.  The Miami game at the end of the 2011 season was the place where the foundation started to crumble, how interesting that the Jets will travel back there with their future as we know it on the line.

Ryan and Smith discuss the Jets’ win over the Browns




52 comments
buddyryan
buddyryan

If they let Rex go that would mean the Jets would have their 4th OC in 4 years....Plus Geno would be back to square one learning a new offense...Have to keep Rex and Marty

McGeorge
McGeorge

Geno didn't have good numbers, but no INTs and no Sacks is very nice.  I wonder how much he can improve?

Josh Gordon burned Milliner a few times, but he does that to everyone.  And Milliner seems to be improving.


I wonder if the Jets looked as good because Cleveland is pretty bad.

I like this quote:


"No turnovers for him, so I guess he put his foot in my mouth," Browns safety Tashaun Gipson said. "I have nothing but respect for him after this game."


Marvel
Marvel

Rex as Lions or Cowboys HC would be a good fit.


Personally I'm ready to move on but I'd be OK with keeping him. Also I'd be OK with giving Geno another year IF we sign a competent vet backup... no Brunells..Vet/geno /simms


Draft a ton of offensive weapons stay away from o-lineman and let's try again next season.


draft TWO #1 recievers (Lee,benjamin, Evans etc) & a speedy special teams type player etc..


this should be an interesting off-season...






rstysanchz
rstysanchz

lets start the offseason by keeping rex signing talib and resigning howard and then go all offense from there 

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

didnt realize geno didnt get sacked today another positive from todays win ...means hes making decisions quicker 

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

8-8 and keeping the phins out of the playoffs isnt a horrible season especially how we were supposed to be worse than the jags and all the injuries we had

marcus81
marcus81

the refs must have been told by the NFL to make sure Brady and Manning play each other in the play offs, both teams QB's got almost all the calls today

buddyryan
buddyryan

Rex needs to coach in 2014. Give me a better option...Harbaugh and Gruden are not coming...and I don't want to start over with a green Coordinator that needs a few years to get up to speed.

Stick with Rex, Marty and Geno. Draft 1-2 Receivers, sign a veteran back-up...add a safety and corner....and bring on 2014

realjetfan
realjetfan

I can't wait until the Jets repay Miami next week for what they did week 17 in 2011. I feel that Holmes snapping late in that game was the start of the Jets' downfall (until this year's bit-revival) and the end of Holmes, Sanchez and that era.


Rex's potential final game, a chance to pay spoilers against a division rival and a chance for revenge for 2011. Jets will be pumped.

bob
bob

I would like to take all the credit for todays win. Dats Right!


Having said dat..I also would like to say.



Thank you..Thank you....Thank you very much.


Oh ya dats better.



JCuratola3
JCuratola3

Should he be handed the starting job in 2014? No, but Geno absolutely deserves a shot. This kid has a rifle, you cant teach that. He is an athlete you cant teach that. He wants to win above all you cant teach that. But mechanics and knowledge of the game, something he is lacking in, you can teach. 


With a full offseason and some new weapons i cant see Geno not improving. Honestly most qbs dont develop themselves, it takes good coaching which the Jets now have. Sign a vet and draft a qb late to compete with Geno. 


I think that Sanchez could have been good but honestly tanny blew up the whole organization and i think Sanchezs development came to an abrupt stop. I think they should release him and wish him well. 


Get rid of players like Holmes Winslow and Cromartie. Get vets with the desire to win like david nelson and draft best available on offense. 


Keep coaching staff as is and we will have a successful 2014 season

ww85
ww85

Not sure how much we can read into 60 minutes of garbage time for both teams, but the Jets players are showing some fight for their coach. Woody should pay attention.

dgdg
dgdg

Like Shelly Richardson's Xmas wish after the game.  That roughing the passer call - and consequent unsportsman-like conduct penalty - was seriously bush league.  No way he could have pulled up that close to sacking the QB.

levi
levi

How many penalties did the Jets have?

dgdg
dgdg

Well, at the beginning of the season, when we had a commenting system that made me actually want to comment on this blog, I predicted a successful season would be eight wins, eight losses.  I guess I'm still in it!  :p

Nice to see the Jets win even if it is effectively garbage time.  

bradysucks
bradysucks

What Geno did today really means very little. The Browns are a bad team and this game had zero playoff implications.  I do think that Geno's record at home has been impressive as the Jets starting QB....so he gets some credit. I supported Idzik taking him as a draft pick and expected a rocky rookie season (but not this rocky). Bottom line is when the games mattered Geno was unwatchable this year. I hope the Jets bring in some serious competition for him at QB this offseason. If he wins the job next year then great. If not......then maybe it is for the best


Obviously upgrading the talent at WR, TE etc is a must (as is adding somebody with speed at RB....especially if Goodson doesn't return)

djf1
djf1

@McGeorge there was nothing wrong with geno's numbers.

joemustgo
joemustgo

@jake100 Yeah, that's kinda weak. I want Rex back, but you don't use your own job status to motivate the troops.

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

@jake100 Is there a way Indy and Cincy can jump NE or can only one of them?

davem
davem

Breaking News.... This just in... Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are the golden boys of the NFL and get all the calls!:)

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

@jake100 with the way NE D is playing its hard to pick them even if Von is out for Den

marcus81
marcus81

@jake100 they where as flat as the could possibly be today, Flaccos leg was messed up, but still

psi1
psi1

I agree with much of your summation. I like the concept of ridding the team of the attitudish types like Cromartie and Holmes. Kellen has toned his act down immensely and is still a superb pass catcher. What a waste of what could have been a HOF type career. I'm not sold on Rex as a long term HC solution.If Idzik goes in a different direction and he selects the right replacement, the foundation is already there for a good run with the right personnel decisions.

juunit
juunit

@JCuratola3 

I don't think you have much to worry about as far as Smith goes. Although I do think he will essentially be guaranteed the starting job in 2014. 

Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks The Browns have a good defense, the fact that he played mostly mistake-free football against them isn't something to dismiss. 

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@jake100 i would like to keep walls colon lankster and folk...pace possibly

djf1
djf1

@joemustgo@jake100 I recommend finding a legitimate source before buying into any joeyboy stories.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@djf1 @rstysanchz that too the line should def get credit too...the fact you only heard winters name once on that holding penelty means alot...plus there was a time in this game when winters and ducasse were on the line together and nothing negative happened...good running by both ivory and powell and no mistakes or sacks by geno just shows you where this team could of been or go next year if this line and geno play well together 

juunit
juunit

@Kyle Ely@jake100 

Really? This is probably the best their defense has played since they won their last Superbowl. 

11th in points per game. 

djf1
djf1

w @psi1 when did cro have an attitude? 

ww85
ww85

@jake100 @ww85 The Jets have virtually no offensive talent. Outside of Mangold & Ivory, how many Jet offensive players would start on most NFL teams? Mostly a bunch of 2s starting for the Jets. Rex did a good job with the talent he was given--Yes he should have concentrated on getting a better offense, but he has learned.

bob
bob

@Brendan@bradysucks


Brendan I think Geno ,Milliner and Winters I think turn the corner a little bit. Winters surprisingly played very well.

bradysucks
bradysucks

I haven't given up on Geno. Fact is though that today's game was a meaningless game on the road for the Browns (who have just 4 wins). I was a huge supporter of Geno being the starting QB for the Jets this year and for the most part he has been really awful. I didn't put up with turnovers from Sanchez and Geno has been equally bad. Sure...he played better today in a meaningless game against a team that has an awful record. I still need to be convinced Geno is our franchise QB and I'm not there yet. Granted I've been saying for 2 years that the Jets need to upgrade the offense....and they haven't done a good job of this leaving Geno with subpar talent around him...

bradysucks
bradysucks

@jake100@bradysucks


I supported drafting Geno. He has the talent but he has NOT shown me enough yet where I think  he should be given the starting job in 2014. I'd like to see the Jets bring in competition at QB (and I DON'T mean Sanchez). May the best player win the job in 2014.

joemustgo
joemustgo

@jake100 Worse, Idzik could view it as Rex playing the "us against them" card where "them" is Jet's management. 

psi1
psi1

Agree with Jake...3 weeks ago I was convinced Geno did not have what it takes (upstairs) to be a legit playoff level QB. He is not a legit playoff level QB right now, but his progress over the last 3 weeks have quieted my concerns about his ability to improve to that level with the right coaching and supporting cast. The OL which was horrendous during Geno's really bad streak earlier has played much better and Geno's improvement has correlated. You MUST have competent OL play if you want to have a successful offense.

dgdg
dgdg

@bradysucks I'd like to see the Jets bring in a mid-round QB and perhaps a competent FA (that's not Mr. Buttfumble), concentrating on getting some offensive firepower in the draft and FA market.  They've got the cash this offseason.  With solid competition at QB and across the board O improvement, the team should end up making a legit playoff push.