On Monday Night Football, in the Jets’ second game of the 2019 season, the New York Jets lost to the Cleveland Browns at home, 23 - 3.
On a day in which the Jets were compromised by health issues to many of their best players, the paper thin depth of the team reared its ugly head. Second string quarterback Trevor Siemian started for the Jets and couldn’t get anything going on offense before going out with an ankle injury. Luke Falk, making his NFL debut, replaced Siemian and managed to lead a short field goal drive in which Le’Veon Bell did all the work. Those would be the only three points the Jets scored all night in a dismal offensive showing.
The Jets defense was at least competitive, harassing Baker Mayfield and managing to keep the game close until an 89 yard catch and run by Odell Beckham Jr. broke the game open for the Browns in the third quarter. From there, with the Browns holding a 20 point lead and the Jets offense showing almost nothing all night, the rest of the game was mostly just running out the clock. Ultimately the valiant effort by the defense didn’t matter, as the offense simply couldn’t compete.
The Jets opening the season with two home losses is a devastating way to start the season. One can only hope Sam Darnold’s recovery from mono is a swift one.
John will be around for a more in depth recap of today’s game a bit later this evening. In the meantime leave your comments on the game below.