Following their disappointing season opener, the NY Jets look to get back on track when they face off against the Cleveland Browns in the Browns' home opener on Sunday. On paper, this game looks like a game the Jets could win, but it depends on which Jets team we see show up on Sunday.
In order to defeat the Browns, the Jets will have to ensure three things happen. The Browns come into this game having picked up a win in Carolina over the Panthers on a game-winning field goal.
This victory was largely thanks to one man on the Browns — Nick Chubb. Here are the three keys to victory for the New York Jets in Week 2.
3. Contain Nick Chubb
Has anyone ever heard the expression "easier said than done?" This embodies that entire expression. In Week 1, Chubb ran all over the Carolina Panthers defense. In total, Chubb had 22 carries and tallied 6.4 yards per carry, picking up 141 yards in total.
Chubb is truly one of the best running backs in the league. It won't be an easy task by any means, but the primary way any team can beat the Browns is to contain their high-powered ground game.
This will all start with the Jets' defensive line. With John Franklin-Myers already questionable to play on Sunday, it's possible Bryce Huff may have some snaps in store for him at defensive end.
The rest of the Jets' defensive line will have a tall task in front of them. Carl Lawson, Solomon Thomas, and Quinnen Williams will need to play their best defense to stop the Browns' running game.
In order to really stop Chubb, the Jets' defense will have to block the edges of the field very well. This is where Chubb can do the most damage as seen in Week 1.
C.J. Mosley played very well in Week 1 and can play a vital role in stopping the Browns' running game. Mosely picked up 11 tackles and six stops in the process. The whole Jets' run defense did very well in Week 1 against Baltimore, and if they could do that again this week, this could be big for beating the Browns.
2. Catch The Ball
Sounds simple enough, right? This was one of the Jets' biggest issues in their Week 1 loss to the Ravens. Joe Flacco threw for 307 yards, picking up one touchdown and also throwing an interception. Despite all the yardage Flacco picked up, the Jets were only able to put nine points on the scoreboard.
The Jets missed quite a lot of opportunities thanks to dropped passes by the receivers and running backs at times. Michael Carter had a wide-open touchdown pass thrown perfectly to him, but he just couldn't hang on to the ball.
These mistakes can, and most likely will happen. However, if the Jets could cut back on their ball-dropping problems, they could potentially win against this Browns defense.
1. Contain Myles Garrett
Thought it couldn't get any scarier than Nick Chubb? Well, think again. While the Cleveland Browns may not have the best secondary, their defensive line is one of the most talented in the NFL. Myles Garrett is one of the best around today and he makes opposing offenses pay weekly.
Last week, Garrett picked up two sacks, three tackles for a loss, and a pair of hits on the quarterback, demolishing the Carolina Panthers offensive line in the process. This is an extremely tall task for the Jets' offensive line who had a hard time protecting Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens' pass rush.
The Jets' offensive line must play better if they hope to stand a chance to beat the Browns. This is definitely a winnable game.
With Jacoby Brissett starting at quarterback for the Browns, there likely won't be much of a passing game. If the Jets can accomplish these three keys, they stand a very good chance of beating the Browns.