All Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb had to do was slide once he got the first down. Instead, he rushed the extra few yards into the endzone to take a 30-17 lead over the New York Jets. What happened next was nightmare fuel for Browns faithful across the world, with a miraculous comeback led by the Jets core of the future.
It started with a lazy play by the Cleveland secondary, allowing Corey Davis to sneak behind coverage and let Joe Flacco deliver a 66-yard strike for a touchdown. Jets punter Braden Mann then delivered a perfect onside kick with a little snake-eyes action. Justin Hardee recovered and set the Jets up near midfield. Flacco found Michael Carter sneaking out of the backfield for a first down to maneuver into Cleveland territory. He was able to get out of bounds to stop the clock and New York then drew a neutral zone infraction against the Browns. After picking up two first downs through the air to Carter and rookie receiver Garrett Wilson, a third-and-long was looming with 25 seconds on the clock and 15 yards to the endzone. They did what the New York Jets have never been able to do. Finish a football game.
Flacco shoved the ball into a tight window between two defenders to a streaking Garrett Wilson who seemingly levitated into the endzone. Ashtyn Davis then sealed the deal with six seconds on the clock, picking off Browns’ quarterback Jacoby Brissett The Jets were able to do it and it was through the play of their young core. Along with having the game-winning touchdown reception, Wilson added another touchdown and 102 yards on eight receptions. Running backs Michael Carter and Breece Hall were excellent receivers in the backfield, with Carter getting five receptions for 27 yards and some crucial first downs. Hall also had a 10-yard reception that resulted in his first NFL touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball, the secondary had a little bit more trouble this week. Their biggest exploiter was Amari Cooper. Cooper had himself a day with 101 yards and a touchdown. However, DJ Reed had a great night and is currently ranked the fifth best cornerback in the league, per Pro Football Focus. Sauce Gardner continues to impress in his rookie season as well. The run defense was the only real problem this game. The Jets were torched by Chubb and company on the ground, just as they were against the Ravens last week. If they can square away the issues in the run game, this defensive unit is lethal.
The Jets knew the opportunity they had the second Chubb carried it into the endzone. Many players commented after the game that the touchdown was the only reason they could make a comeback. One quote really stands out. Joe Flacco remarked that after he found Corey Davis wide open, the noise inside FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland vanished into thin air. Super Bowl winner Joe Flacco mentioned the fact that it was the first time he has ever played in a game where life was sucked out of a stadium like it was on 100 Alfred Lerner Way. Browns’ fans knew what was coming, and the rest of the league should be watching for this young Jets team that gets healthier and more experienced every week.