The first half saw Joe Flacco and the Browns’ tight ends humiliate a once proud Jets defense. The Browns continually beat the Jets’ pass defense like a drum as the Jets had no answer for David Njoku and the other Browns tight ends. By the time the first half ended the Browns had scored five touchdowns and the Jets’ defense looked like it was mailing this game in.
The Jets opened the 3rd quarter trailing 34 -17. In a fitting display of ineptitude, the Jets drove the length of the field, only to have a chip shot field goal attempt blocked. It was that kind of night.
The fourth quarter opened with neither team having yet scored in the second half.
A few minutes into the fourth quarter the Jets defense recovered a Browns fumble and the Jets were in business at the Browns 35 yard line. In typical Jets fashion, they squandered a golden opportunity to get back into this game, as they came up short and had to settle for a field goal to bring the score to 34 - 20 in favor of the Browns with about nine minutes to play. With that, the game was essentially over.
The Browns tacked on a late field goal to bring the score to 37 - 20. Then, in a fitting ending to an awful game, the Jets used up more than two minutes to dink and dunk their way down the field without ever taking a shot into the end zone. Their final lifeless drive sputtered out on a final dump off pass that had no chance to score. The game ended with the final score Browns 37, Jets 20.
With the loss the Jets record dropped to 6-10 as they play out the string on another disappointing season. Now the Jets prepare to go on the road to face the New England Patriots in ten days in the season finale.