NFL 2017 Week 5: New York Jets vs Cleveland Browns preview and prediction

The Jets go for three wins in a row, while the Browns search for their first, as these two AFC teams face off this Sunday in Cleveland

In Week 4, the New York Jets were able to pull out a nail bitter against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After leading for most of the 3rd and 4th quarter, the Jets yielded their lead on late FG from Jacksonville K Jason Myers. Thankfully, Jets K Chandler Catanzaro was able to drill a 41 yard FG with 28 seconds left in OT to give them the victory. The Jets had an impressive performance on the ground, rushing for 256 yards as a team, and they will look to keep that going into Week 5 against the Browns.

The Cleveland Browns suffered a blow-out loss in Week 4 to division counterpart Cincinnati, losing 31-7. This game was not close from the start, as the Bengals got out to a big lead and controlled the time of possession throughout. Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw for 286 yards and four TDs, while Browns QB DeShone Kizer only accumulated 118 yards and one INT. They were clearly outmatched from the start, but will look to move on this week against a resurgent New York Jets team.

The surging Jets

If you would have told most people that the Jets could possibly be over .500 after Week 5, they would have called you crazy. Fortunately for the Jets and their fans, this could actually be a reality. After two impressive wins over the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars, the Jets will try and make it three in a row this week against a struggling Browns team. The Jets young defense is starting to show some form, especially in the secondary, where they boast the league’s 7th best passing defense. In their last two victories, they are only giving up 14 points per game and averaging over 6.0 yards per play on offense. They have certainly showed some resilience after their 0-2 start.

Ground and pound?

Last week it seemed as if the New York Jets offense found a formidable rushing attack in their OT win. Behind RBs Bilal Powell and Elijah McGurie, the Jets accumulated 256 yards rushing against the Jaguars, which was a catalyst in their victory. In fact, after this performance, the New York Jets increased their yards per carry from 3.6 to 4.9 on the season. They will look to get a similar effort on the ground this week against a Browns run defense that ranks 8th in the NFL.

Hue Jackson

There have been grumblings this week about a potential rift between HC Hue Jackson and the Cleveland front office. Jackson put some of those questions to bed this week, but that doesn’t mean that things are all good in Cleveland. The Browns are now 1-19 under Hue Jackson and have dropped 29 of their last 31, seemingly forever “rebuilding”. Rookie QB DeShone Kizer has had some bad outings and their defense can hardly get enough stops to keep them in games. I’m not sure if Jackson’s seat is burning yet, but if they can’t beat the Jets at home…. yeah, you get the point!

Jets QB Josh McCown vs Browns QB DeShone Kizer

Neither one of these QBs have been setting the world on fire, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t be pivotal in the outcome of this game. Whenever QB Josh McCown has thrown for over 200 yards the Jets are 2-0, but when he’s thrown for under 200 yards they are 0-2. Look for McCown to have a good chance to go over 200, s the Browns have the league’s worst pass defense. Browns QB DeShone Kizer has gotten off to rough start, throwing for only three TDs and eight INTs through the first four weeks. It won’t be an easy test for him, as the Jets have a formidable pass defense, as well as a defensive line that can get to the QB. Whichever QB plays better in could decide who wins this one.

Fantasy Football Tip- New York Jets WR Robbie Anderson

If you’re looking for a sleeper play in fantasy this week, Jets WR Robbie Anderson could be your answer. He has received six targets in his last two outings and is averaging 17 yards per reception. He boasts some big play potential and has shown to build some rapport with QB Josh McCown through the first quarter of the season. Against Cleveland’s putrid secondary, look for Anderson to make some plays and get you at least one TD.

Betting Tip- New York Jets (+2.5)

The Cleveland Browns are the favorite?…. Seriously?…. Yeah, as weird as that sounds its true. Its also safe to say this game won’t be pretty. I don’t expect too many points put up in this one, as the Jets actually have a respectable defense and neither offense can light up the scoreboard. This game could come down the wire, with either team winning on a late score, so I like taking the points here.

Prediction: New York Jets 24-21 Cleveland Browns

The Jets have surprised many people throughout the first quarter of the season. At 2-2, they have a chance to get above .500 with a win, which will have them in the thick of things in the AFC East. Obviously, everything still runs through the Patriots in that division, but it’s a nice position to be in, especially when many thought you might struggle to win a game. The defense has proven that it can get enough stops to keep them in games, and QB Josh McCown has been serviceable at his position. The Browns are a mess in nearly every department, so I expect the Jets to take advantage of that enough times to lead them to a close win. Look for New York to lean on their run game and defense, as they pull out a close one 24-21.

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