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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.comRight 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.