Jamison Crowder, Tarell Basham among Jets’ Studs & Duds in Week 16 win over Browns

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Spencer Aber
·4 min read
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

The Jets finally reclaimed their turf after losing their first seven home games of the season.

New York won its first game at MetLife Stadium this season with a 23-16 victory over the Cleveland Browns. It certainly wasn’t a pretty game, but Sam Darnold played well enough to give his team a chance to get the win. The Jets defense, meanwhile, made it difficult on the Browns offense all game, forcing two turnovers and stifling their running attack.

The win clinched the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft for the Jets. That means no Trevor Lawrence and a whole lot of questions about the quarterback position entering the offseason.

For now, though, let’s take a look at the Jets’ Studs and Duds from their Week 16 win.

Stud: WR Jamison Crowder

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Jamison Crowder is better known for his hands than his arm, but both were working in the slot man's favor on Sunday. Crowder threw his second NFL pass and it went for a 43-yard touchdown to fellow slot receiver Braxton Berrios late in the first quarter. Adam Gase called a brilliant play with a jet sweep to Ty Johnson, who pitched it back to Crowder on the reverse. Crowder executed the throw perfectly to Berrios. It was the first passing touchdown by a non-Jets quarterback since Brad Smith in 2010. https://twitter.com/nyjets/status/1343265217451614209?s=20 On the receiving end, Crowder was Darnold's favorite target with seven catches for 92 yards and a touchdown. It was Crowder's first touchdown catch since he had two against the Raiders in Week 13. Crowder also had a run for 14 yards.

Stud: Defensive Line

(AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)

Coming into Sunday's game, the Browns had allowed the third-fewest sacks in the league and were a top-three rushing team. That didn't matter to the Jets' defensive line, though. New York's defensive front limited Cleveland's dynamic duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to just 39 rushing yards. As a team, the Browns had a total 45 rushing yards, which is way below their season average of 152.6 yards per game. In the passing game, the Browns' offensive line had only allowed 18 sacks on the year. However, the Jets took advantage of a couple of missing Browns offensive linemen with four sacks and seven quarterback hits on Baker Mayfield. The Jets' defensive line was able to generate a ton of pressure even without their top pass rusher, Quinnen Williams, who is done for the season with a neck injury. Nathan Shepherd and John Franklin-Myers each registered a sack in place of the injured Williams.

Dud: OL Mekhi Becton

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Mekhi Becton felt he was snubbed of a Pro Bowl appearance this week, but when he actually faced a Pro Bowl pass rusher, he had his difficulties. Becton was matched up with Myles Garrett for the majority of this game and was beat a couple of times. Garrett registered a sack and two quarterback hits on Sam Darnold when lining up against Becton. Becton held his own in the second half, as Garrett couldn't generate as much success as he did in the first half. However, Becton did prove on Sunday that he is human.

Stud: LB Tarrell Basham

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Tarell Basham saved the day for the Jets in the end. It was Basham who knocked the ball out of Baker Mayfield's hands on a fourth and short that led to a turnover on downs to seal the victory for the Jets. While the ball was not recovered by the Jets, if the ball carrier fumbles and it is recovered by a teammate, the ball is moved back to where the fumble occurred, which was short of the first down and gave the Jets the ball back. Basham also took advantage of Jedrick Wills. Jr. being absent, as he recorded five total tackles, one sack, three quarterback hits and two forced fumbles.

Dud: Special Teams

(AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)

Brant Boyer's special teams unit didn't do the Jets any favors in the win. Sam Ficken had one of his two field goal attempts blocked, and he also missed an extra point. Those missed opportunities kept the game within reach for the Browns, who couldn't take advantage. Punter Braden Mann, meanwhile, was no better with his leg. On seven punts, he averaged just 37.1 yards, including a 14-yard punt near the end of the first half. Field position is absolutely pivotal in games like these and Mann failed to flip the field well enough.