The New York Jets are on the road against the Cleveland Browns this week looking to avoid an 0-2 start on what’s already been a chaotic opening to the 2022 season. Joe Flacco’s “revenge game” (if we can even call it that) didn’t exactly go as planned, putting up a quarterback rating of 21.7 and a passer rating of 75. He showed his age and didn’t help. Fans were professing that would much rather have a younger and more dynamic Mike White out there taking the snaps while Zach Wilson is out. Wilson’s absence has made it clear how valuable his mobility and playmaking can be.
The Browns are 1-0 with a tight win against the Carolina Panthers and are looking to get every victory they can get their hands on until Deshaun Watson comes back. They’re big favorites, but you better believe they’re taking this game seriously. With the Browns playing third-stringer Ethan Pocic at center, expect a lot of 3-4 looks with Soloman Thomas from the Jets.
Jacoby Brissett had just 147 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers, much of that coming from the consistent pressure the Panthers created against the Browns’ offensive line. The Jets’ pass rush, which sacked Lamar Jackson twice last week, should expect to blitz heavily to shut down any big plays
Garrett Wilson had a solid performance in his opening game posting 52 yards in four receptions. With the Jets’ offensive line still being held onto by tape, Myles Garrett should have his way with either Max Mitchell or George Fant. Wilson will likely be used in many hot routes and check down to escape pressures and sacks with Joe Flacco throwing to him quickly. Expect that reception number to be doubled to eight.
The clash between the Jets and Browns should be one lacking in big plays. Two productive pass-rushing units against two offensive lines with missing pieces, two of the most underwhelming quarterbacks in today’s NFL. Expect a low-scoring slug-out with the winner coming out on top by a field goal at the most.
Kickoff is at 1 pm on the 18th.