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New York Jets beat Cleveland Browns: Week 5 Offensive grades

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 08: Austin Seferian-Jenkins #88 of the New York Jets scores a touchdown in the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 08: Austin Seferian-Jenkins #88 of the New York Jets scores a touchdown in the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets walked out of Cleveland on Sunday with a narrow 17-14 victory over the Browns that shouldn’t have been as close as the final score indicated it was.

In 25:43 with the ball, the New York Jets were only able to muster 212 yards of total offense against the Cleveland Browns. They also didn’t capitalize on the brilliant goal-line defense either.

The Jets repeatedly shot themselves in the foot on Sunday. They came in as one of the most penalized teams in the league, especially in terms of offensive holding and false start penalties (having had nine calls go against them in the first four weeks).

This week was no different. They can add another of each of those penalties to the ledger. Additionally, the offensive line allowed three sacks to a team that had nine all season long, coming into the game.

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Quarterback Josh McCown also reverted back to the first two weeks. He settled for short throws instead of taking shots because it appeared as if the receivers weren’t getting separation. With that said, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse did make a crucial catch, and so did tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

In what should’ve been an expected outcome, despite the performance they put up against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Browns defense stifled running backs Elijah McGuire and Bilal Powell. The Browns came in with one of the NFL’s top run defenses. So, we shouldn’t have expected them to do what they did against the Jaguars, who have one of the NFL’s worst run defenses.

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All in all, the Jets basically did what they had to do to come away victorious against the Browns on Sunday. There’s still a lot of work to be done, and nothing spectacular happened Sunday. A win is a win, though.

Week 5 Offensive Grade: C-

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