NFL

The New York Jets Held on Against the Cleveland Browns 23-16

The New York Jets showed up Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020 in MetLife Stadium in New York and held on against the Cleveland Browns by a nail-biting 23-16 victory. The Jets deployed a rushing game that produced 131 yards and zero rushing touchdowns, to go along with a total team offensive output of 333 yards. Quarterback Sam Darnold contributed with 175 yards and two touchdowns for the game.

Darnold contributed to this win by completing 16 of 32 passes, finishing the game with 175 yards, no interceptions, two touchdowns and a QB rating of 87.40.

The ground game for the Jets saw La’Mical Perine carrying the football 9 times, and Frank Gore helping with rushing the ball 14 times. The two rushers produced 30 yards and 48 yards respectively in a winning effort. The passing game for the Jets had Darnold tossing the football to Braxton Berrios and Jamison Crowder as his most productive targets. Berrios caught three passes for a net gain of 60 yards. The secondary target (Crowder) caught seven passes for a net contribution of 92 yards.

On the defensive side of the football, the Jets produced three forced fumbles, two tackles for loss, four sacks and zero defensive touchdowns.

Baker Mayfield led the Browns in a losing effort with 285 yards, completing 28 of 53 passes, zero interceptions, and zero touchdowns, for a QB rating of 68.50.

The rushing game for the Browns was led by Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. For the game, Chubb rushed for 28 yards from carrying the football 11 times. Meanwhile Hunt carried the ball 4 times for a total of 11 yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Browns included Ja’Marcus Bradley and Marvin Hall. Bradley caught five passes for a total of 60 yards, while Hall contributed with 12 yards from one pass.

In their loss, the Browns defense contributed with zero forced fumbles and three tackles to go along with two sacks and zero defensive touchdowns. This production from the Browns defense was not enough help get a win.

After this game, the Jets improved to a record of 2-13, while the Browns dropped to a 10-5 record.