TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 22, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: MetLife Stadium
Weather: High 64, Low 48
Line: New York (-2.5)
Losing Mark Sanchez prior to the start of the 2013 didn’t seem like it would be that big of a deal for the New York Jets, but with Geno Smith‘s struggled at quarterback, they seem to be desperate for an answer at QB. Smith has led the Jets to a 6-8 record and missing out on the playoffs, passing for 2,642 yards and just 10 touchdowns. The passing attack ranks second-to-last in the league behind the rookie’s lead. The run game has fared a bit better, ranking ninth in the league behind the strong play from Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell who have combined for 1,272 yards and four touchdowns.
On the other side of the field, the Cleveland Browns have not been very successful this season either. Although they began the year with a winning record, the Browns have dropped off and have posted a 4-10 record with just two games remaining. Shuffling through quarterbacks every week seems to have worn on this offense as Brandon Weeden still leads the team in passing with 1,731 yards and nine touchdown passes even though Jason Campbell has taken over starting QB duties. Josh Gordon leads the team — and the league — in receiving with 1,467 yards and nine touchdowns on 19.7 yards per reception. The run game is nearly non-existent, ranking 27th in the league in rushing yards per game.
Defensively, the Browns have been extremely solid this season. Cleveland ranks 22nd in points allowed per game as well as eighth in both total yards and rushing yards and ninth in passing yards allowed per contest. The Jets have not been as impressive on defense this season, ranking 23rd in points allowed, 12th in total yards allowed and 26th in passing yards allowed per contest.
PREDICTION: Browns 21, Jets 24
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