New York Jets vs Cleveland Browns

New York Jets vs Cleveland Browns: The Jets and Browns were two of the NFL’s worst teams last year, but in Week 1 both looked relatively good. The Jets trampled over the Lions, while the Browns tied with the Steelers. Then in Week 2, the Jets lost to the Dolphins while the Browns’ (now-cut) kicker cost them a win over the Saints.

That’s the No. 3 overall pick, Sam Darnold. After throwing a pick six on his first NFL pass, Darnold has looked pretty good through two weeks.

Darnold became the youngest player in NFL history (21 years, 103 days old) to throw for at least 300 yards in a game, when he passed for 334 yards and one touchdown in the Jets’ Week 2 loss to the Dolphins.

The Jets and Browns meet tonight on Thursday Night Football for their 25th all-time meeting in the regular season. While both teams roster first round rookie quarterbacks, only one will start in tonight’s game.

Here are a few reasons Jets fans are hopeful from Gang Green Nation’s Michael Nania.

Trumaine Johnson had a rocky Week 1 but bounced back to lock down Kenny Stills and the Dolphins’ vertical attack last week. You can take him inside with speedy receivers, but he is tough to beat over the top or in the red zone. Jamal Adams looks to be making the strides he needed to make and has played like a Pro Bowler so far. He was already a great run defender and has shown tremendously improved coverage instincts and ball-contesting ability. Morris Claiborne is a wild card; he had a great Week 1 but pretty bad Week 2.

As for Browns fans, Chris Pokorny of Dawgs By Nature knows it’s hard to be too hopeful about a team that’s gone 1-32-1 in its last 34 games, but he still has a way of looking at the bright side of things.

When you lose as much as Cleveland has, you learn not to really think about win-loss potential. The Browns forced a tie in their division, and lost to an NFC team. They haven’t lost a division game yet, or a conference game yet, if I am thinking about wild card spots down the road. That’s how I see this week’s game: two up-and-coming teams in the AFC, with Cleveland having the home field advantage and trying to make amends for not “winning” the past two games with a new kicker and hopefully some improved chemistry on offense.

Tonight’s matchup is another Thursday night game that will only be broadcast on NFL Network, and while it would be easy to write these teams off, the game might actually be fun to watch!

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