1. The Browns rushing attack vs. the NY Jets front seven
In Week 1, the New York Jets pulled off an impressive accomplishment. The Jets' defense held the Ravens to their fewest rushing yards (63) of the Lamar Jackson era.
Sure, you can chalk up some of that up to Baltimore playing with a banged-up offensive line and missing two of their top running backs in J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, but the Jets' defense was up for the challenge against the Ravens' diversified rushing attack spearheaded by Lamar Jackson.
The Jets' defensive coaching staff and its players were mentally and physically prepared for Baltimore's ground attack — and they passed the test with flying colors. However, in Week 2, they are facing a different style of rushing attack that is just as potent, maybe even more so.
The Browns boast arguably the best running back tandem on the planet. Nick Chubb is an elite runner and his 1A partner Kareem Hunt is good enough to start on practically every NFL team.
In Week 1 against Carolina, the electrifying Browns duo destroyed the Panthers' defense. Chubb and Hunt combined for 187 total yards on the ground and snagged five receptions and a receiving touchdown.
Cleveland had 355 yards on offense, and Hunt and Chubb accounted for 214. Thanks to them, the Browns' offense controlled the clock for nearly 40 minutes.
The Jets' defensive front and linebackers have their work cut out for them on Sunday. The Browns have, pound-for-pound, one of the best offensive lines in football. And as Jets fans already know through experience, offensive line coach Bill Callahan is as elite as they come.
New York's linebacking trio of C.J. Mosley, Kwon Alexander, and Quincy Williams exceeded expectations a week ago. They will need to match their efforts from Week 1.
The Jets' defensive line will be put to the test by Cleveland. Defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich likes to deploy a heavy rotation of players. A week ago, New York dressed nine defensive linemen.
This is the type of game where they'll need as many fresh bodies in the lineup to win the battle in the trenches over four quarters.