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Browns vs. Jets: Week 17 Need to Know

Cleveland can clinch a playoff spot with a win on Thursday night against the Jets. Here is everything you need to know about the game.

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The journey began a little more than five months ago when the Cleveland Browns opened training camp at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.

Everything that has gone on since then - the quarterback carousel, the season-ending injuries, and the improbable victories - should hit the next milestone on Thursday night when the Browns host the New York Jets.

The task at hand is clear - win in front of what will be a home crowd in a celebratory mood - and the Browns officially and fully secure a spot in the AFC playoffs.

It may not be the matchup that the league office expected when the schedule was announced last spring, but it should make for a memorable night in Cleveland as long as the Browns hold up their end of the bargain.

Here is everything you need to know as the Browns look to grab their 11th win of the season and earn their first playoff berth since 2020.

Game Info

Records: Cleveland is 10-5. New York is 6-9.

Kickoff: 8:15 p.m.

Stadium: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

TV: Amazon Prime, WEWS News 5 in the Cleveland market

Announcers: Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit and Kaylee Hartung (sideline reporter)

Radio: ESPN 850, 92.3 The Fan, 98.5 WNCX, 89.1 FM La Mega (Spanish)

Announcers: Jim Donovan, Nathan Zegura, Jerod Cherry (sideline reporter)

First meeting: The Browns won the first meeting, 31-21, on September 21, 1970.

Last meeting: The Jets won the most recent meeting, 31-30, in Week 23 of the 2022 season.

All-time series: The Browns lead the all-time series, including playoffs, 15-14. The teams are 9-9 all-time in Cleveland in the regular season, and the Jets have won four of the last five meetings in Cleveland.

Weather: 46 degrees and cloudy, with a 15 percent chance of rain. Winds from the west/northwest at 8 mph. (weather.com)

Uniform: The Browns will be wearing their throwback jerseys with the white helmets.

Injury report: Browns - Out: Kicker Dustin Hopkins (hamstring), defensive end Ogbo Okoronkwo (pectoral), linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. (knee). Doubtful: Punter Corey Bojorquez (quad). Questionable: Wide receiver Amari Cooper (heel), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (knee) and safety Juan Thornhill (calf). Jets - Out: Offensive lineman Duane Brown (back), quarterback Aaron Rodgers (Achilles), tight end Jeremy Ruckert (concussion) and quarterback Zach Wilson (concussion). Questionable: Running back Israel Abanikanda (ankle), wide receiver Allen Lazard (illness) and kicker Greg Zuerlein (quad).

The line: Browns -7.5 (DraftKings)

Some Notes to Remember

  • New York’s pass defense is second in the NFL with 2,785 passing yards allowed, third in the league with an average of six yards per passing attempt, and second in the league with 16 passing touchdowns allowed, according to clevelandbrowns.com.
  • Cleveland’s defense loves playing at home as the Browns have held opposing offenses to 197.9 yards of offense (No. 1 in the NFL), 105 total points (No. 1), 28.2 percent conversion rate on third down (No. 2), and 30 sacks (tied for No. 1), according to clevelandbrowns.com.
  • The only time New York quarterback Trevor Siemian has faced the Browns was in Week 2 of the 2019 season. That night Siemian was three-of-six passing for three yards and was sacked twice before exiting the game with an ankle injury.
  • This week’s game poster has an interesting vibe:
  • New York’s offense has been a mess under head coach Robert Saleh, finishing 28th in points scored in 2021, 29th in 2022, and is currently 30th, according to The Athletic.
  • The Browns are 8-2 all-time at home on Thursday nights and have won their last five Thursday night games overall.
  • Joe Flacco has thrown for more than 300 yards in three consecutive games, making him just the second quarterback in franchise history to accomplish that, joining Josh McCown in 2015.
  • The Jets have gone 33 games without allowing a 300-yard passer, the longest current streak in the NFL.
  • Cleveland will be without placekicker Dustin Hopkins, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, and likely without punter Corey Bojorquez, who has a quad injury. Hopefully, the Browns can get enough going on offense that it will not be a factor.
  • The Jets have the league’s worst offensive line, according to Pro Football Focus.

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A Final Quote

Quarterback Joe Flacco on coming to Cleveland (quote via a team-provided transcript):

“The city’s been unbelievable. I can’t say enough about how welcoming everybody has been. Especially – that is the one strange part, I would say. Not necessarily putting on the uniform and playing, but just coming from Baltimore for most of my career and just seeing everybody out in your regular part of your day and how welcoming the city’s been. Back to the surreal thing, that would probably be a good answer for that. It’s definitely been a little bit surreal in terms of how people have treated me around here. That stuff always feels good, so hopefully we keep going.”


What are you looking for from the Browns in Thursday night’s game against the Jets?