Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets take their act on the road, again, to take on the Cleveland Browns looking to begin a winning streak.
- New York Jets (2-5)
- Cleveland Browns (0-7)
- NFL, Week 7, Sunday, Oct. 30, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
- FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
It doesn’t mean worst case scenarios aren’t feared.
Due to the winless nature of the Browns (0-7), Jets fans fear the worst. They believe the other and final shoe is about to drop on this miserable 2016 season.
Let’s allow the game to be played first. Shall we?
Friday injury report. #NYJvsCLE pic.twitter.com/Z2AT0d4k6e
— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 28, 2016
It looks like New York will have to do without both Buster Skrine and Nick Mangold.
Friday #Browns #Jets injury report pic.twitter.com/EMp6AESOQx
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) October 28, 2016
Rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman and quarterback Cody Kessler will miss the game.
Keys for the Jets
FitzMagic Making Its Return:
The last time Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched — in 2013 with the Tennessee Titans — he rebounded with a career day, throwing five touchdowns passes in a huge victory. The only chance these Jets have in getting back to .500 over the next three weeks, is if FitzMagic makes a return.
The guy we saw in 2015 needs to make a comeback immediately.
Bowles Doing The Right Thing On Defense:
In Week 1, Muhammad Wilkerson enjoyed his best game of the season. Sheldon Richardson was suspended. In Week 7, Sheldon enjoyed his best game of the season. Big Mo was injured.
Now that the two are back healthy and playing, Bowles needs to make sure he doesn’t go back to the heavy four-man front. It’s a killer when Richardson is playing out of position along the edge or at outside linebacker.
Even if this means one of them has to stay on the sidelines, Bowles must make it happen. Or, he needs to get imaginative and throw one of his 3-technique guys at nose tackle:
Todd Bowles needs to ditch the insanity of the heavy four-man front and start getting REAL edge players out there. #JetUp #NYJ pic.twitter.com/wi5dDlHJa8
— Elite Sports NY (@EliteSportsNY) October 22, 2016
If Bowles learns he can’t fit a square into a round hole, New York’s defense will finally start playing up to its potential.
I’m not buying the Browns picking up their first victory against the Jets this Sunday. Of course, it’s always worrisome when this organization finds itself in this situation. In the end, there’s just too much talent on the side of the New York Jets.
The 2015 always fight, but won’t win this week.