Gerbs: Baker gets back on track, David Njoku takes advantage of a Gregg Williams defense and has his best game as a pro. 27-13 Browns.
Gilbert: Browns 45-13. Freddie gets the offense back on track and dominates Gregg’s Jets defense. The Browns defense should go all out to shut down the Jets run game and force Siemian to beat them. He cannot. Put pressure on him and he will crack.
Suek: Browns 31-19. As Gerbs said, the Gregg Williams defense has struggled mightily versus tight ends over the past two seasons, surrendering 189 receptions, 1,876 yards, and 17 TDs. I foresee a more productive offense reminiscent of weeks 9-17 of the 2018 season and a more disciplined squad. Big nights for Baker, OBJ, and Njoku.
Poloha: Browns win, 34-17. OBJ makes Gregg Williams remember who he is and the offense and defense get back on track.
WHAT TIME IS IT? GAMETIME
Gerbs: HUGE second-and-12 one-handed snag by OBJ and it’s pretty much everything you expect. Sets up a 1st and goal and a Chubb run then a cross route to Jarvis Landry that was dropped makes it third-and-goal from the five.
Gilbert: So, OBJ is good, huh. What a great one-handed catch by him on the opening drive. Nice ball placement by Baker, too.
Poloha: That one-handed catch by OBJ was just beautiful. Too bad the first drive of the game didn’t end with a touchdown especially after they had first-and-goal on the four-yard line but either way, points on the first drive is always a plus. With that said, the referees really waited until it was third-and-goal to pull OBJ out of the game because of his visor. Shouldn’t that be checked before the game, not in the red zone? What the heck was that?
Gerbs: I never thought I would be excited a field goal was made, but that’s the state of the Browns kicking game. Great coverage on the ensuing kickoff as well, getting the Jets to start at their own 15.
Suek: Perfect opening drive for the Browns defense. Siemian has been one of the league’s worst quarterbacks under pressure during his career. Continue to put him under duress and contain L. Bell and the defense will thrive vs a lackluster WR position group.
Gerbs: BREAKING: Myles Garrett is good. That is all. The Jets might want to try blocking him.
Gilbert: Hopefully, it’s a good sign for the game after the Jets went back to back in not blocking Garrett and Vernon in the last two plays of their opening drive.
Gerbs: Baker has time to throw, but the Jets are doing a good job on the backend to force Mayfield into some tough throws.
Poloha: Thanks for the free first down after an incompletion on third-and-8, Jamal Adams. In today’s day and age, that’s clearly roughing the passer. Don’t argue with the ref because it was a dumb mistake.
Gerbs: Lots of 11 personnel (three wide receivers, one tight end, one running back) thus far into the game for the Browns. Even when tending to Beckham’s visor on the first drive, Tawaan Taylor got some snaps over using another tight end.
Gilbert: AUSTIN SEIBERT IS A GOD. HE IS 2-FOR-2 SO FAR TODAY.
Poloha: Austin making back-to-back field goals? Who saw *that* coming? Seriously though, good for him. Quite a confidence boost early in Week 2.
Gilbert: Two defensive series, two three-and-outs for the Browns defense. The Browns defense is looking strong early. Good pressure on the first series and good coverage on the second one.
Gerbs: Conversely to Cleveland, the Jets have been using 12 personnel (two wideouts, two tight ends and a running back) to help stymie the Browns pass rush.
Suek: The defense is doing their part thus far. Solid coverage on the back-end through the Jets first two offensive series. Now, the offense needs to settle in and get in the end zone after the fairly uneven performance by Baker through the first two series.
Gerbs: Nice outside run for once by Nick Chubb on first down. More success and mixing in runs in layer downs will help get him more space, as we see on second down when he is able to get a first down on a nice screen play call.
Gilbert: The Browns offense is still not clicking on all cylinders. I have to give some early credit here in the first quarter to Gregg Williams. He is confusing Baker will his defensive disguises.
Gerbs: Myles Garrett is fast, but a jump offsides and then roughing the passer extends a great defensive drive. You can’t make these mistakes on defense when the offense is still not clicking.
Poloha: Myles Garrett has to be more disciplined. Him perfectly timing the snap is always fun, but him jumping offsides on third down is inexcusable. Add the roughing the passer penalty by him on top of that and, well, it’s just not a smart play.
Gilbert: This Browns defense came to play today. Zac Jackson had it right. Let the defense dominate, while the offense figures it out. Just win the game. I just think this offense is too good to keep struggling.
Poloha: Good news is that the Browns absolutely dominated that first quarter, especially defensively. The bad news is that the Browns only have a 6-0 lead.
Gerbs: Third down blitzes have confused the Browns so far tonight. Good coverage in the secondary by the Jets makes Baker have to check down. Luckily on this drive, holding by the Jets extends the drive.
Poloha: Love that play call that led to Nick Chubb’s 19-yard touchdown run. Also, some excellent blocking by the offensive line there as well. Well done.
Gilbert: Great block by center J.C. Tretter on the Chubb touchdown run. Before that play, though, we saw another example of where the refs were afraid to throw the pass interference penalty because of a possible review. The ref went with the holding call so it wouldn’t get reviewed. It was clearly during the throw, so it was pass interference, not holding. This is a concerning trend by the refs this season.
Suek: Myles now with roughing the passer penalties on back-to-back Jets possessions. I love the aggression, but he has to stop landing on the quarterback with his body weight. Personal foul penalties destroy momentum and can prove paramount in close games.
Poloha: Myles has to be better (and smarter). It’s as simple as that.
Gerbs: You can’t let Le’Veon Bell get the best of you now. Luke Falk cannot beat you, so please don’t let the running game eek them back in.
Gilbert: If the Browns can score a touchdown before the half and make this 20-3, that might be too big a deficit for the Jets to overcome.
Gerbs: So far the coverage by Gregg Williams’s defense has confused Mayfield thoroughly. A second-and-12 on this last drive of the half was the epitome: Jets only rush three but Baker is flushed out of the pocket and his pass gets batted down. Identifying coverage changes and misdirections will be the key to unlocking success throughout the rest of this game.
Poloha: Thanks to the Jets’ horrible clock management, the Browns got the ball back just. Gore the half and were able to get her another field goal. Thanks for the free points!
HALFTIME THOUGHTS: BROWNS 16 JETS 3
Gerbs: What was expected to be a blowout has been that but the score wouldn’t indicate it. A great defensive game plan has kept the Jets to four completions all half, all behind the line of scrimmage. Another uneven game from Mayfield has kept the offense from putting more points on the board. Some boneheaded roughing the passer penalties from Myles Garrett has muddied a great performance from the defense. Oh, and the Browns have a kicker, finally.
Gilbert: The Browns defense is completely dominating the Jets crappy offense, besides Myles Garrett giving the Jets three points. The Browns offense is another story. Just no tempo or rhythm throughout the first half. Baker Mayfield has been good and bad. He has made some great throws but has also held onto the ball too long and missed some passes. Gregg Williams is doing way too well versus this offense. That should not happen. Hoping we see a more fluid offense and Freddie Kitchens returns to his 2018 playcalling.
Suek: Yes, the Browns lead 16-3 at the half, but I am fairly discouraged by the performance on the offensive side of the ball. The play-calling is leaving a lot to be desired and Baker is struggling with inefficiencies/inaccuracies (11/23 for 162 yards) vs the Gregg Williams defense. The defense has been as-advertised, albeit vs a third-string quarterback, only allowing four passing and 58 rushing yards.
Poloha: There was plenty that was left to be desired but either way, I’ll take a 16-3 lead at halftime, especially on the road. It’s clear that Gregggg Williams is trying to confuse Baker and the DC has done a solid job so far. Definitely something the second-year QB can learn from going forward.
Myles Garrett now leads the league with four sacks (and 15-yard penalties, too).
— Brent Sobleski (@brentsobleski) September 17, 2019
This is both sides of the aggressive coin. You have to figure Myles will get it right and he already has a sack in this second half.
Gerbs: Make that two sacks in the second half, three in the game for Garrett.
Suek: Another stagnant possession by the Browns offense with 7:10 left in the third quarter. Baker continues to be confused by coverages and fading back to his right vs pressure. This results in extremely difficult and limited throws.
Gilbert: I have no idea what Denzel Ward is doing this season. He is beat twice by Rodney Anderson. On the deep pass, he loses all technique and he has no idea where the ball is.
Gerbs: Retaining focus is hard, as most of us fans watching have probably gone to sleep, with this boring game lulling us to sleep. But it’s unquestionably annoying to let the Jets get back into this game by losing focus.
Gerbs: Well. That’s one way to get the focus back! OBJ TO THE HOUSE! Crossing pattern in the middle of the zone and off to the races.
Gilbert: That OBJ touchdown shows what the Browns need to do. Ditch the deep route patterns and give the ball to the playmakers to make the plays. Get the ball out quickly.
Poloha: Having a true WR1 is fun, you guys.
Gerbs: And of course it wouldn’t be a Browns game without a completely unnecessary interception. Up 20, forcing it to a well covered Beckham because you’re not producing in the system…just frustrating on what should be an easy path to victory.
Gilbert: Joe Schobert is a stud. He is always by the ball and in the right position. He makes the great tackle to knock the ball out of Bell’s hands.
Gerbs: A screen pass for 13 yards on third-and-nine to Nick Chubb should end his night but not before he gets his bell rung a little bit. Something to watch this week as they have a huge matchup against the Rams next week. An already thin backfield is not a good recipe to beat the defending NFC champs.1
Gilbert: So, I am feeling good about this game. The Browns defense and special teams dominated the game. They will be the backbone of this team, especially early on this season. The offense is a work in progress. We saw some good and bad. I think time will only help with the continuity, rhythm, and playcalling on offense. It is concerning that the offense is still struggling with consistency, but there are a lot of new parts to this offense. It needs time. I saw glimpses of what they could be. I am positive that we can get there and soon. On to the Rams!
Gerbs: It was going to be hard to feel great about this game one way or the other and I still feel that way. The defense was as soul-crushing as expected, but when it came down to playing against Luke Falk, it should have been that good. The offense had bright spots, specifically OBJ and his insane ability to make space appear where it isn’t. The passing game needs work, despite Mayfield’s yardage total topping 300. More use of the run game and play-action is necessary in the coming weeks and won’t be effective until the offensive line gets some better push in the run block game. Myles Garrett continues to astound in his ability to get after the quarterback and keep from being able to draw penalties.
Poloha: The Browns not only won but won by 20 on the road and I feel so underwhelmed. Part of that might be the fact that their next four games are against teams who are currently 2-0, but the offense just didn’t seem in sync Monday night. The defense looked solid, but Myles Garrett had too many preventable penalties and Denzel Ward looked lost at times while also missing a handful of tackles. It’s the second straight game the cornerback has struggled after having a solid rookie season in 2018. While I know this offense will improve with more chemistry, the offensive line has still struggled some as well.