Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets: Live Grades and Analysis for New York

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IDecember 22, 2013

Dec 15, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) hands the ball off in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets got a huge home win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. 

Check below for grades and analysis for each of New York's positional units. 


New York: 24

Cleveland: 13


New York Jets' Game Grades
Positional UnitHalf-time GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseBB+
Run OffenseA-A+
Pass DefenseA-A-
Run DefenseC+B
Special TeamsBC+
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Final Analysis for New York

Pass Offense: Geno Smith continued his fine performance against a solid Cleveland secondary in the second half. He threw a terrific touchdown to David Nelson to seal the game, and he ended the contest with 214 passing yards and two touchdowns. It also helped that New York's offensive line didn't allow a single sack. 

Run Offense: Chris Ivory continued to find holes in the second half, and he ended the game with 20 carries and 109 yards. Bilal Powell also contributed 54 yards on seven carries and Geno Smith scrambled for 48 yards and a touchdown. New York's offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage, and the Jets controlled the game as a result. 

Pass Defense: New York shut down the Browns passing attack, limiting Jason Campbell to under a 50 percent completion percentage and 178 yards. It also forced Campbell into two late interceptions. A huge bounce-back showing for the Jets secondary. 

Run Defense: New York's run defense was solid against an awful Browns rushing attack, as Edwin Baker averaged just 3.8 yards a carry and struggled to find holes consistently.

Special Teams: Nick Folk missed his lone second-half field-goal attempt, but Ryan Quigley's only second-half punt went for 50 yards. The return game was once again nonexistent. 

Coaching: Rex Ryan took a huge step toward saving his job with the win. He had a terrific game plan for Cleveland's offense, and Marty Mornhinweg called a balanced offensive attack.

Dec 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow (81) leaps over Cleveland Browns cornerback Buster Skrine (22) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

First-Half Analysis for New York

Pass Offense: The Jets offense struggled to move the ball throughout the half, but a late touchdown drive kept New York in it. The offensive line held up well, allowing no sacks or quarterback hits. Smith finished the half with 10 completions on 20 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. Most importantly, Smith didn't turn the ball over. 

Run Offense: New York's running game was solid throughout the first half. Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell carried the ball a combined 11 times for 91 yards, as the offensive line dominated up front and opened up holes. 

Pass Defense: New York's secondary contained Josh Gordon and the Browns' aerial attack throughout the first half, limiting Jason Campbell to just eight completions on 22 passes for 71 yards and Josh Gordon to two catches for 30 yards. 

Run Defense: New York's run defense held up well against Cleveland's primary runner, Edwin Baker, limiting him to fewer than three yards a touch on 10 carries, but Jason Campbell had success scrambling and Josh Gordon took an end-around for 22 yards. 

Special Teams: Nick Folk nailed his only field-goal attempt, but Ryan Quigley only averaged 44 yards a punt and the return game didn't have an opportunity to make an impact. 

Coaching: New York started off slow, but it came on late to make it a game before the half. Marty Mornhinweg did a nice job mixing both the running and passing game, and Rex Ryan's focus on Josh Gordon was successful.


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