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7 takeaways from the NY Jets' improbable Week 2 victory over the Browns

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4. NY Jets QB Joe Flacco brought his A-game against the Browns

Making his 178th career start, 193 if you count the playoffs and his Super Bowl MVP run, coming into Sunday, you could legitimately foresee the possibility that this could be Joe Flacco's last ever NFL start.

With Zach Wilson nearing a return, and Mike White on standby for the time being, the argument for keeping Joe Flacco as the Jets' starting quarterback wouldn't have had very many backers. Especially if the grizzled vet continued to struggle.

But on Sunday, Flacco flipped the script.

He was poised and calm in the pocket and had several clutch throws, despite being consistently harassed by the Browns' pass rushers. Flacco, who has always been known for having an elite arm, used his legs early on to escape pressure and extend drives.

Flacco's Jets teammates have jokingly referred to him as Grandpa. Father time is ticking on Flacco. But for one Sunday, he showed why he has earned special status. It would have been unfortunate had Joe not won his first as a Jets starter. He was on the verge of going 0-7.

Flacco's numbers weren't flashy until the fourth quarter, but it felt like he was over 300 yards passing before the late-game heroics. Flacco finished the game with 307 yards passing and four touchdowns, but even if the Jets had not won, he played like a winner on Sunday.

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