Odell Beckham Jr.
(AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Odell Beckham Jr. and the Cleveland Browns absolutely smothered the New York Jets on Monday Night Football to the tune of 23-3.

  • New York Jets 3 (0-2)
  • Cleveland Browns 23 (1-1)
  • NFL, Week 2, Final, Box Score
  • MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—Monday Night Football perfectly showcased what happens when an organization signs a big-time running back to go along with a terrible offensive line.

Le’Veon Bell poured his heart and soul out on the MetLife Stadium field. The New York Jets workhorse went for 110 yards on 21 carries. It wasn’t enough.

Odell Beckham Jr. racked up 161 yards and a score on six receptions, the big one coming on an 89-yard slant to the house, the nail in the coffin.

Defensively, Gregg Williams’s defense played a solid brand of ball. Man-to-man coverage was excellent with Nate Hairston in for Trumaine Johnson. The problem was far too obvious and familiar. The Jets couldn’t get to the quarterback. Baker Mayfield’s errors were overcome far too easily.

Offensively, starter Trevor Siemian was knocked out early, courtesy of a Myles Garrett QB hit. Luke Falk couldn’t muster much through the air and Adam Gase’s offensive fizzled out.

The Jets will take an 0-2 record in Foxborough for Week 3.

First Quarter

The Browns opened the scoring with a 23-yard field goal by Justin Seibert. The big blow to the Jets defense came courtesy of a spectacular Odell Beckham Jr. one-handed grab on the sideline.

Siemian and the Jets go three-and-out on their first offensive drive. After a five-yard pickup by Le’Veon Bell on a split zone, the Browns pressured the Jets quarterback two-straight times, sacking him once.

After another failed Jets drive, the Browns extend the lead to 6-0 after a 48-yard Siebert field goal.

Thus far, Trumaine Johnson hasn’t seen the field for the Jets. Instead, Nate Hariston is the third cornerback along with Darryl Roberts and Brian Poole. It’s a gutsy call to sit the big-money man but makes sense if the defense wants to play any form of man-to-man defense against these Browns weapons.

Second Quarter

Tarell Basham finally shows the Jets pass rush has life with a sack of Mayfield. On 4th-and-short, Nate Hairston was penalized for holding.

Nick Chubb put the Browns up 13-0 on the ensuing play. A 19-yard stretch concept saw Chubb nearly walk-in untouched.

The Jets get on the board courtesy of a Sam Ficken 46-yard field goal.

Luke Falk is now in at quarterback after Siemian took a huge hit from Myles Garret.

A late 43-yard field goal set up by a Jarvis Landry grab over the middle gives the Browns a 16-3 halftime lead.

Third Quarter

Demaryius Thomas exits the game with a hamstring, the same injury he dealt with prior to the trade.

The Jets offensive shows a little life only to fail on 4th-down in the red zone (at the Cleveland 12). On the ensuing drive, Mayfield finds Beckham Jr. on a slant that is taken to the house for an 89-yard score.

Fourth Quarter

A Darryl Roberts interception sparks the Jets offense a bit. Unfortunately, Le’Veon Bell fumbles near the Browns 5-yard line. The Browns take over, dashing any hopes of a Jets offensive score.


It’s primetime in primetime. Without Sam Darnold, who’s shelved due to a case of mono, Jamal Adams will take on his good friend Odell Beckham Jr.

The 50th anniversary of Monday Night Football kicks off when the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns get at it at MetLife Stadium in Week 2 action.

Jets Inactives:

  • Sam Darnold, QB
  • Bilal Powell, RB
  • John Franklin-Myers, DL
  • Jordan Willis, LB
  • Chuma Edoga, OL
  • Quinnen Williams, DL
  • C.J. Mosley, LB

  • Damarious Randall, DB
  • Dontrell Hilliard, RB
  • Genard Avery, LB
  • Adarius Taylor, LB
  • Austin Corbett, OL
  • Kendall Lamm, OL
  • Rashard Higgins, WR

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