Who: New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns
When: 1:00 p.m. EST
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Media: TV – CBS, DirecTV – 708, Radio – ESPN N.Y. 98.7 FM, Sirius – 128, Sirius XM – XM 232, Internet Audio – Audio Pass.
Their Previous Meeting: The last time these two teams met, was back in 2010 when Peyton Hillis was on his way to becoming the Madden cover man, Josh Cribbs, Chansi Stuckey, Kenyon Coleman, Brian Schaefering, Mohamed Massaquoi, Eric Barton, David Bowens, Jason Trusnik, Abram Elam, Ray Ventrone, Reggie Hodges, Eric Mangini and Rob Ryan were Browns and Colt McCoy was still relevant. Starting at their own 14, the Browns drove down the field on their first drive but the Jets defense limited the damage forcing a 34 yard Phil Dawson field goal. The Jets answered with Folk hitting a 27 yarder the following drive. New York had a chance to increase their lead after David Harris recovered a Hillis fumble but the Browns forced a three and out and scored on their next possession with Hillis trotting in the end zone from 12 yards out. The Jets were quick to answer in the second quarter as Sanchez hit Jerricho Cotchery down the middle for a 25 yard score. The volley between both teams continued as the Browns mustered a 23 yard Dawson field goal the next drive after the defense stopped the Browns at their 3 yard line after getting burned by Cribbs on a 37 yard pass. Starting at their own 20, the Jets marched themselves down field, with the help of a timely defensive pass interference penalty, with Sanchez scrambling for a 1 yard score to take a four point lead at halftime. The Jets had one of their best time of possession drives of the Rex Ryan era to open the third quarter as the team drained 10:04 of clock. Unfortunately, they had nothing to show for it as a 24 yard Folk field goal surprisingly hit the right upright and was no good. The teams volleyed back and forth into the fourth quarter until the Jets drove down field once more but were held to a 25 yard Folk field goal that was undoubtedly good. With just under three minutes left, the Browns opened their drive at their own 41 after Joe Haden ran back the kickoff 32 yards. They proceeded to orchestrate an effective attack against the Jets’ defense that led to McCoy hitting Mohamed Massaquoi from three yards out to tie the contest and force overtime. The Jets received the ball first but came up empty however, the defense made sure to give them another chance as David Coleman forced Stuckey to fumble with the recovery made by Antonio Cromartie at the Jets’ 36. The Jets drove down to Cleveland’s 29 yard line where Folk set up for the 47 yard field goal try; Folk’s kick missed as it went wide right. The Jets defense forced a three and out, giving the offense another chance to end it but the drive stalled at their own 46 as Sanchez was picked off by Joe Haden but the Browns would have work to do as they set up at their own three yard line. The Browns tried to limit the damage but to no avail as McCoy threw incomplete on first down, Hillis was limited to two yards on second and McCoy was sacked on third. Hodges punted to New York’s 45 yard line with Jim Leonhard returning the kick 18 yards to set the team up at Cleveland’s 37 yard line. With 24 seconds left in overtime, Sanchez heaved up a pass into Santonio Holmes’ arms that he took to the house to secure the Jets’ 26-20 victory and place the 7-2 Jets atop the AFC East.
Jets: LB Quinton Coples (Shoulder–Probable), CB Antonio Cromartie (Hip–Probable), DT Kenrick Ellis (Back–Probable), WR Santonio Holmes (Foot/Hamstring–Probable), T Austin Howard (Knee–Probable), WR Jeremy Kerley (Elbow–Probable), CB Ellis Lankster (Jaw–Probable), LB Garrett McIntyre (Knee/Elbow–Probable), WR David Nelson (Ribs–Probable), S Ed Reed (Non-injury–Probable), DT Sheldon Richardson (Wrist/Finger–Probable), DL Muhammad Wilkerson (Wrist–Probable), and TE Kellen Winslow (Knee–Probable).
Browns: WR Davone Bess (Non-injury–Questionable), TE Jordan Cameron (Concussion–Out), LB Tank Carder (Shoulder–Probable), OL John Greco (Knee–Out), DB Joe Haden (Hip–Questionable), LB D’Qwell Jackson (Non-injury–Unknown), P Spencer Lanning (Left knee–Probable), LB Eric Martin (Illness–Probable), RB Willis McGahee (Concussion/Knee–Probable), DL Ahtyba Rubin (Calf–Probable), OL Mitchell Schwartz (Toe–Probable), TE Andre Smith (Calf–Out), OL Joe Thomas (Back–Probable), and DB T.J. Ward (Shoulder–Probable).
Jets: QB David Garrard, CB Ellis Lankster, LB Jermaine Cunningham, G Will Campbell, T Ben Ijalana, T Oday Aboushi, and TE Chris Pantale.
Browns: QB Alex Tanney, T Martin Wallace, G John Greco, T Reid Fragel, TE Jordan Cameron, and TE Andre Smith.
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