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Coming off their first win in over a month, the Jets head to Cleveland looking to keep the momentum going against a winless opponent. The Browns' season never really got off the ground as they've lost four of their seven games so far by double digits.
They have been competitive against the weaker teams of their schedule though, losing by a combined 13 points against the Dolphins, Ravens and Titans. The teams met on opening day last year, with the Jets overcoming a slow start to pull away for a comfortable 31-10 win at home. The Browns will be looking for their first win over the Jets since 2007.
Let's break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) for the Browns to try and highlight what to watch out for.
The Browns' quarterback situation has been a mess all year, starting with a shoulder injury to new starter Robert Griffin III on opening day and going downhill from there. In recent weeks, Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan and the since-released Charlie Whitehurst have all seen action, with Kessler being knocked out of last week's game with a concussion.
Things are looking up for them though, as second-stringer Josh McCown is ready to make his return from his own injury sustained in week two. McCown was impressive at the end of the 2013 season with 13 touchdowns and only one interception in relief of Jay Cutler. However, he has been 2-18 as a starter since then with the Bucs and Browns. In last year's opener against the Jets, he marched the Browns down the field but was knocked out of the game by a Calvin Pryor hit that also jarred the ball loose for a turnover at the goal line.
The rookie Hogan saw his first NFL action last week and rushed for over 100 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown. However, his passing was less impressive as he completed just 12-of-24 passes for 100 yards and two interceptions. He'll presumably be the number two behind McCown.
The Browns' offensive line continues to be led by left tackle Joe Thomas, one of the best in the league. The front office denied that they're considering trading him at the deadline. He's ready to go despite missing a couple of practices during the week with a knee injury.
Cleveland's second-best lineman, left guard Joel Bitonio, was recently placed on injured reserve, so they're starting a rookie - Spencer Drango - at left guard. Drango played left tackle at Baylor but was thought to be a better fit for the guard position in the pros due to his lack of length. He did well last week against the Bengals in his first full-time action there.
The other guard, John Greco, is a solid veteran presence. He's also played at center a lot this season, with former Seattle Seahawk Alvin Bailey filling in at right guard off the bench when he does.
The other two starters - Austin Pasztor and Cameron Erving - have been struggling with 10 penalties between them. Pasztor, a former Jacksonville Jaguar, has plenty of starting experience at right tackle, while Erving, last year's first-round pick, is still finding his feet at center.
The Browns have run the ball effectively all year, averaging over five yards per carry with Isaiah Crowell leading the way. Crowell is headed for a career-high in his third season as he is on course for a 1,000-yard season.
Last year's third round pick Duke Johnson serves as Crowell's back-up and the third down back. He's averaged 4.8 yards per carry and caught 39 passes already this year.
Another 2015 draft pick - Malcolm Johnson - had been handling full back duties, but was cut following a costly fumble in the loss to Washington. Dan Vitale - another 2015 draft pick for the Browns - is now listed as the starting full back but hasn't played yet.
After losing Josh Gordon to suspension yet again, the one bright spot has been the surprise emergence of former Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor as a number one receiver. After he first made the transition, Pryor actually worked out for the Jets in September 2015, but they opted not to sign him. He's having a breakout year, with 35 catches for 431 yards and three scores so far, establishing himself as a potential deep threat.
Diminutive speedster Andrew Hawkins is listed as the other starter right now. He has 17 catches so far this season but has been a disappointment after catching over 60 passes in his first season with the team back in 2014.
First round rookie Corey Coleman also looked like a potential star in his first two games, but hasn't played since then and isn't ready to return from a hand injury yet. Fourth-round rookie Ricardo Louis has been seeing plenty of time with Coleman out and is fifth on the team with 14 catches. Another draft pick, Rashard Higgins hasn't done much yet, but has good potential as a possession option.
Tight end Gary Barnidge entered last season with under 600 receiving yards and just three touchdowns in his first four years, but then broke out with a 1,000-yard season and nine touchdowns. However, this year he is yet to find the end zone. He has still been productive, although the Browns don't have much depth behind him.
The Browns have plenty of youth on their defensive line, led by last year's 12th overall pick Danny Shelton, who is developing into a solid run stuffer at nose tackle. Jamie Meder - a third-year undrafted player - and third-round rookie Carl Nassib are listed as the other starters on the interior line, although Nassib actually gets the majority of his reps as a pass rusher lining up outside right tackle.
With so many young players, veteran Stephen Paea provides valuable experience and solid production off the bench. Second-year player Xavier Cooper also gets plenty of work on the interior.
The Browns signed former Jets linebacker Demario Davis during the offseason and he's racked up 46 tackles and two passes defensed so far in a similar role. Davis, as Jets fans know, is susceptible to making mistakes in coverage, but is actually grading out quite well in coverage, according to Pro Football Focus. Nevertheless, opposing quarterbacks have a rating of over 100 when targeting him. Davis is paired with Chris Kirksey, who leads the team in tackles, but has had his own issues in coverage.
The Browns have plenty of young pass rushing options, including rookie Emmanuel Ogbah, who leads them with three sacks. They have had three more rookie edge rushers in the rotation - Joe Schobert, Tyrone Holmes and Nate Orchard - although Orchard is now on injured reserve. Schobert is also solid against the run and has been seeing regular action.
The other starter across from Ogbah is listed as Cam Johnson. Johnson is in his fourth year and had barely played in the first three, but he signed off Arizona's practice squad in October and recorded two sacks in his debut. He hasn't done much since though. Another veteran option, ex-49er Corey Lemonier, completes the rotation.
The Browns' starters at cornerback, Joe Haden and Jamar Taylor, have each been dealing with injuries, but are expected to play.
Haden is still one of the best cornerbacks in the game and he's missed three of the Browns' seven games so far, so his return should provide a boost. Taylor has been beaten for three scores in the last two weeks and also was beaten for two scores - by Eric Decker and Devin Smith - when Miami played the Jets at MetLife Stadium last year.
Veteran Tramon Williams and undrafted rookie Briean Boddy-Calhoun have been filling in with Haden out. Williams will likely assume the main slot corner role in nickel situations.
At safety, Jordan Poyer is on injured reserve and Tashaun Gipson was lost in free agency, so the current starters are an inexperienced duo. Tracy Howard is an undrafted rookie who made his first start last week and Ibraheim Campbell is a second-year player who didn't play much as a rookie. Derrick Kindred, another rookie, has actually played more snaps than either starter so far this year and will presumably serve as the third safety.
The Browns' kicking game has been a disappointment so far, with Cody Parkey missing three of his 11 field goal attempts. Punter Britton Colquitt has done a solid job though.
Howard had been working as the kickoff returner, but the Browns will likely move him out of that role now he's starting. Backup running back George Atkinson III is one candidate to replace him. Another is Johnson, who has been handling punts all season.
Finally, in kick coverage, Schobert has been making a good impression and backup linebacker Tank Carder was one of their leading tacklers last season.
I'll be back on Monday to recap the game.
Stats from PFF were used in the completion of this article.