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Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes and Chris Ivory ran for two scores, giving the Jets a 31-10 win over the Cleveland Browns.
The Jets had five takeaways against the Browns, including an interception and two forced fumbles of Johnny Manziel, who came in late in the first quarter for an injured Josh McCown.
Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker had touchdown catches for the Jets, who sent the Browns (0-1) to their 11th straight opening-day loss. Bowles was hired by the Jets in January, replacing Rex Ryan, who was fired after six seasons.
There was a scary moment in the fourth quarter for the Jets when rookie linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin was taken to a hospital after being carted off the field with head and neck injuries. New York also lost cornerback Antonio Cromartie in the second quarter with an injured left knee.
Cromartie will be getting an MRI on Monday according to the Jets.
Brian Bassett: The Jets defense stumbled early when McCown and the Browns steadily drove down the field into the red zone with their first drive. McCown over-extended the play in an attempt to cross the plane into the end zone and wound up suffering a concussion and getting ruled out the rest of the game. Manziel provided a temporary spark and thew a touchdown strike to Travis Benjamin on a simple go-route, but eventually the Jets defense solidified, slowing the Browns.
The Jets offense was a breath of fresh air. Ivory is the king of yards after contact and bruised and battered the Browns defense up the middle but he also possessed some speed to turn the corner. Bilal Powell played extensively on third down and saw more carries on behalf of Ivory once the game was in hand. Marshall out-sized and out-muscled a very capable Browns secondary by stripping the ball from a defensive back after a deep Fitzpatrick interception and in catching a fade pass in the corner of the end zone over the defender's head. Decker saw less targets but was still effective. Decker scored a touchdown to cap off a perfectly executed two-minute drill on a simple slant route in the back of the end zone.
I'll go back and look but it feels like it has been a while since the Jets executed a gameplan as cleanly as they did. There certainly are things that they need to clean up, but the massive decline in mental mistakes from the Jets this year gives me hope they are off to a good start with their new coach. The Jets played well on Sunday, but with the Colts, Eagles and Dolphins coming up, we will get a sense as to how good this Jets team really is very soon.
The Jets have an extra day of rest this week, as they head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts on Monday night, September 21.