Rex Ryan is not going down without a fight. Prior to the Jets match-up with the Browns, reports surfaced that Rex Ryan told the team in a meeting last night he believes he will be fired.
In response, the Jets, behind two Geno Smith touchdown passes to David Nelson, defeated the Cleveland Browns 24-13 in the teams final home game of the season.
This was Geno’s first game with at least 2 passing touchdowns since October. For the game, Geno completed 20 of 36 passes for 214 yards and a compiled a very impressive 91.7 rating.
Running the ball was no problem for Gang Green. Chris Ivory ran for 109 yards on 20 carries, Bilal Powell had 54 yards, and Geno added 48 yards on the ground.
It was Cleveland who got off to the hot start in this one. The Browns had a 10-0 lead with under 2 minutes to go in the first half, but the Jets offense got it going fast scoring 10 points in 78 seconds. The teams entered the break tied at 10.
After a scoreless 3rd quarter, the Jets scored 46 seconds into the 4th on a 9-yard pass from Smith to Nelson that made the score 17-10. Cleveland responded with a field goal to cut the Jets lead to four.
But a 14-play 80-yard drive capped off by a 17-yard touchdown run by Geno Smith put the game away. The drive lasted nearly 6 and a half minutes as the Jets took a 24-13 lead.
Ed Reed picked off Jason Campbell on the Browns ensuing drive to seal the deal. Campbell struggled all game for Cleveland completing just 18 of 39 passes for 178 yards and 2 interceptions.
Dee Milliner had without a doubt his best game as a Jet. Milliner recorded his first career interception, and had a team high 9 tackles as well as 5 passes defended.
Whether this game will have any impact on Rex’s future with the team is unclear. One thing that is clear though is that the Jets draft position took a hit with the win, while the Browns spot improved.
The Jets will have a chance next Sunday to play the role of spoiler by sticking a fork in the Dolphins playoff hopes.