Dissecting Most Crucial Matchups in New York Jets Week 16 Contest Against Browns

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Dissecting Most Crucial Matchups in New York Jets Week 16 Contest Against Browns
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The offensively inept New York Jets (6-8) will be playing for pride against the similarly incapable Cleveland Browns (4-10) in Week 16.

The Jets are 0-7 in the final three weeks of the regular season under head coach Rex Ryan since 2011, a recurring blemish that will likely result in the dismissal of New York's boisterous "leader."

The Jets' pitfall cannot be entirely attributed to Ryan, although it seems likely for the defensive mastermind to adopt the role of scapegoat upon the conclusion of the 2013 campaign.

Ryan was dealt a bad hand this season, specifically in the wake of salary cap mayhem. The Jets' fifth-year head honcho was exceptional in building one of the most formidable front sevens in the NFL last offseason, but he remains vastly outmatched in regard to implementing a winning formula on offense.

New York's can't-watch offense is led by unseasoned rookie quarterback Geno Smith, who has struggled on a massive level all season. The turnover-prone signal-caller has been crippled by an extreme lack of surrounding playmakers, though, which could ultimately earn him a reprise in 2014.

As the season begins to dwindle for the Jets, the team once dubbed No. 32 in the ESPN NFL Power Rankings, prepares for a showdown with the Browns. A win would grant Gang Green an opportunity to finish the season at the .500 mark in Week 17.

The following slideshow analyzes four crucial matchups in the Jets' final home game of the season against Cleveland.

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