The Cleveland Browns saved perhaps their most inept display of the season for Week 16 of the NFL season, losing to the New York Jets by a score of 24-13. Here is all you need to know about the game:
- The Jets were by far the most sacked and intercepted team in the NFL, and yet the Browns' defense did not get to QB Geno Smith once, nor did they force a turnover.
- The Jets converted a ridiculous 12-of-18 (66%) of their third down conversions, most of which seemed to come on passing situations of 3rd-and-9 or 3rd-and-11.
- WR David Nelson, the veteran receiver we cut at the end of training camp, had 4 catches for 33 yards and 2 touchdowns. TE Kellen Winslow, who talked trash this week, broke several tackles against our defense.
- Smith had arguably the best game of his young career, converting 20-of-36 passes for 214 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also ran 10 times for 48 yards and a touchdown.
- The Browns had a 10-0 lead, but the Jets scored 10 points in the final 1:18 of the first half to tie the game at 10-10.
- QB Jason Campbell was dreadful, completing just 18-of-40 (45%) of his passes for 178 yards and 2 interceptions. WR Josh Gordon had 6 catches for 97 yards, but his touchdown streak ended.
- The play that officially ended the game for Cleveland's offense? An Ed Reed interception. Dear lord. Oh yeah -- and NT Phil Taylor has a concussion. Merry Christmas, everyone!
The only bright spot in the game might have been RB Edwin Baker, who showed good quickness against a top-ranked Jets defense, posting 17 carries for 64 yards (3.8 YPC) and 1 touchdown. The Browns' record now sits as 4-11 with their final game of the season being against the Steelers next week.
Another good sign for next season is that Cleveland's draft position should remain fairly high.