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NY Jets vs. Cleveland Browns: 3 key matchups to watch in Week 2

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2. Jacoby Brissett vs. the NY Jets pass defense

Almost lost in the sauce of the Jets' loss last week to Baltimore was how well the new cornerback duo of Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed played in Week 1. The Jets' newly formed duo allowed eight yards all game.

The Browns didn't ask Jacoby Brissett to do much a week ago, and they didn't need to. Brissett attempted only 34 passes, completing 18 of them for 147 yards. He was sacked only once.

New York has the outside cornerback talent to hem up the Browns receivers. It will come down to the defense's ability to force third-and-long and pressure Brissett into errant throws. The Browns will look to attack the Jets' other cornerbacks and safeties who struggled last week against the pass.

With Jordan Whitehead banged up and questionable, and Lamarcus Joyner coming off a poor outing, look for tight ends David Njoku and Harrison Bryant to factor in more than they did a week ago, and challenge the Jets secondary between the hashes.

Any deficiencies in safety coverage could also lead to Brissett taking more shots downfield than he did in Week 1. It took a while, but this was something that the Ravens exploited as last week's game progressed.

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