Isaiah Crowell
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New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell is enjoying his homecoming as he’s tallied two touchdowns in the first half against the Cleveland Browns.

Robby Sabo

The Cleveland homecoming couldn’t have started off better on this particular Thursday night.

Isaiah Crowell, the New York Jets new workhorse running back who spent the first four years of his NFL career in Cleveland with the Browns, has tallied two touchdowns in the first half of Thursday Night Football.

On his first, he walked in on the left side after taking an inside handoff from rookie Sam Darnold. It looked as though the Browns defense was completely fooled partly due to the two left-side wideouts blocking down so aggressively.


His second was more of a physical run but also came in the red zone. In fact, this one came on third down in a short-yardage situation.

It’s actually incredible what’s transpiring. Despite not having any success through the air (mainly by way of porous pass protection), the Jets are using Rick Dennison’s zone-blocking scheme to dominate the left side.

Crowell’s currently piled up 32 yards on 10 carries. Bilal Powell’s tallied 39 yards on seven attempts. Meanwhile, Darnold is sitting pretty ugly with just 38 yards through the air on 4-for-9 passing.

The New York Jets are hanging on tight to a 14-0 lead with two minutes to go in the first half.

Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]jetsxfactor.com