2. NY Jets rookies make their presence known early and often
Welcome to the NFL, Garrett Wilson and Breece Hall. Both of the Jets' highest drafted offensive players in the 2022 NFL Draft class came to play on Sunday.
Hall got things going for the Jets on their first scoring drive with a beautiful 23-yard run to the outside. The big play led to Garrett Wilson's first NFL score on a beautifully run route in the end zone.
The two dynamic rookies continued their stellar efforts on the Jets' second score. This time, it was Wilson setting the table for Hall's first NFL score with a huge 18-yard reception deep inside Cleveland territory. Hall would cap the game-tying drive with a ten-yard reception. He finished with 50 yards rushing in the game on seven carries.
Unfortunately, Wilson came down hard with a back injury in the third quarter on an acrobatic catch attempt. However, Wilson returned to the game and kept producing at a high level.
Wilson did have a sour note late in the game with a dropped pass on third down, with the team trailing by seven. But he completely redeemed himself on the Jets' go-ahead score for the victory.
Wilson finished the game with eight catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Something tells me that this will be the first of many big days in Garrett Wilson's bright future.
3. The NY Jets defense fails to match last week's positive efforts
As illustrated on this site in the matchups article for this game, the Jets' defense faced a much more daunting task slowing down Cleveland's elite rushing attack than they did against Baltimore.
The Ravens came into last week with a banged-up offensive line and a makeshift backfield. As a result, New York held Baltimore to 63 yards rushing. Duplicating that same effort against Cleveland's ground attack would be much more challenging.
Overcompensating to contain the Browns' superb rushing attack, made the Jets' defense a step slower this week than they were a week ago. It almost looked like New York's defense was sleepwalking early on.
After a questionable play review by the officials cost the Jets a 17-yard first down conversion on their first drive. The Browns took over on their six-yard line and methodically drove 94 yards for the game's opening score. The Jets defense was out of position and outclassed. The Browns quickly strolled down the field, with Nick Chubb regularly breaking multiple tackles on each run. They weren't ready for the challenge of starting the game.
Then when the Jets offense answered the call and tied the game at seven. Cleveland's offensive attack responded by repeating what they did on their first drive. Missed tackles and miscommunication contributed to the Jets' allowing a second touchdown drive.
The Jets linebackers were eaten alive throughout the entire game. They were outmatched by Cleveland's offense. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt ate very well and feasted on the Jets' defense more and more as the game progressed. Luckily for New York, they got the last laugh. But there was nothing funny about the way the Jets D stacked up against the Browns runners.