Immediate thoughts on the New York Jets victory over the Cleveland Browns.
The New York Jets have won three games in a row. Who would have ever thought it was possible? The Jets capitalized on turnovers and survived a late Duke Johnson touchdown to come away with the 17-14 victory. Here are our initial observations and thoughts.
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins really is a different player. He looks good and makes athletic plays. Seferian-Jenkins led the team with six receptions and his touchdown reception looked easy.
- Josh McCown has been good but far from perfect. On the interception by Jason McCourty, McCown looked like the guy we all saw at his previous NFL stops. It was a turnover and it was a bad one.
- Look at the opportunistic Jets defense. Not only did they force three turnovers, they made the Browns pay for them. It was nice to see Morris Claiborne make a big play. Him together with Seferian-Jenkins proves the old saying that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Those were both good moves by Mike Maccagnan.
- Darron Lee and Demario Davis both had strong games against the run. Davis looks faster than he did during his first stint with the team and today he racked up six tackles and one sack. Lee added 5.5 tackles. The young players are starting to get it.
- The running game showed that’s not all the way back yet. Last week the Jets posted 256 yards, while this week the net total was 34. Consistency needs to get back up to snuff.
- Even with a new regime, this team still has the ability to play down to its opponents. For the first half of the game nothing was going right. The Jets couldn’t move the ball for anything. It finally got going in the second half, but early it looked like the old Jets, playing not to lose.
Now the schedule gets hard. Next week the Jets take on the New England Patriots. If the Jets figured out a way to win that one, the league would be turned on its ear. We have time to talk about that, though. Let’s enjoy a third straight victory.