The first thing to pay attention to is the new extra point rules. They didn't have an impact on this game, with Nick Folk making all four, but this does jeopardize his consecutive extra points streak. That streak, which currently stands at 296, could challenge the NFL record (469) within about five years, depending how good his team's offense is. However, the chances of him maintaining that now he has to kick an effective 33-yarder are reduced. Folk has missed six field goals of less than 30 yards in his career.
If Folk is able to keep his streak going despite the longer kicks that would be an amazing achievement. However, almost every kick he attempts these days is almost blocked by someone coming off the left side of the defense with Jeff Cumberland consistently just throwing a token shove at them. I'd hate to see Folk get a kick blocked, whether or not it represented a personal milestone or a key kick for the Jets, because we've seen in the past that once he starts having unsuccessful kicks, Folk can get in a rut.
On one of those situations where Cumberland threw a token shove at someone coming off the edge, he ended up in a shoving match with a lineman and the Browns picked up a penalty for pulling Darrelle Revis off the pile. After that, the Jets kicked off from midfield and I got a kick (no pun intended) out of Folk booting it way out of the end zone as the coverage unit just ran down the field and fired up the crowd. All but one of Folk's kickoffs were touchbacks - remember when he was the worst kicker in the NFL at getting touchbacks when he first joined the team?
Punter Ryan Quigley had one good punt but then also had one short one from his end zone, giving the Browns great field position and another that went through the end zone.
The Jets' return game didn't generate much either. Chris Owusu, after all the fuss over who the kickoff returner would be, got no opportunities. Kellen Davis did field one and carried it out to about the 30 though. A well-rested Jeremy Kerley didn't have much success either. He got blown up once but did make the first man miss on the other one.
In coverage, only Darrin Walls and Jamari Lattimore had tackles. However, Walls, working as a primary gunner, also had a missed tackle and got burned by the Browns gunner while playing the vice role and Lattimore had a bad missed block. Bilal Powell also had a missed tackle.
The newest Jet Ronald Martin saw action on special teams and drew a holding penalty on one play.
Finally, an observation: Isn't it a little weird that left guard James Carpenter plays right guard on the placekicking unit while right guard Willie Colon plays left guard on the same unit?
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