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The Browns and Jets kick-off the season in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Here is your guide to the first game of the season!

September 13, 2015

Cleveland Browns (0-0) vs. New York Jets (0-0)

MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, New Jersey

1:00 p.m. Kickoff

Local Television: CBS, Channel 19

Play-by-play: Greg Gumble Analyst: Trent Green Sideline Reporter: Jamie Erdahl

Cleveland Browns Radio Network

Flagship stations: 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM), ESPN 850 WKNR, WNCX (98.5 FM)

Play-by-play: Jim Donovan Analyst: Doug Dieken Sideline reporter: Nathan Zegura


Cleveland Browns:

2015 preseason record: 1-3

2014 regular season record: 7-9

2014 statistical leaders:

 Rushing: Terrance West (171-673, 3.9, 4 TD)

 Passing: Brian Hoyer (242-438, 3,326, 12 TD)

 Receiving: Andrew Hawkins (63-824, 13.1, 2 TD)


New York Jets:

2015 preseason record: 3-1

2014 regular-season record: 4-12

2014 leaders:

 Rushing: Chris Ivory (198-821, 4.2, 6 TD)

 Passing: Geno Smith (219-367, 2,525, 13 TD)

 Receiving: Eric Decker (74-962, 13.0, 5 TD)


Last Meeting:

12/22/13 Jets 24, Browns 13 at Jets


Projected Browns Starting Line-up:

Cleveland Browns    
WR 16 Andrew Hawkins
LT 73 Joe Thomas
LG 75 Joel Bitonio
C 55 Alex Mack
RG 77 John Greco
RT 72 Mitchell Schwartz
TE 82 Gary Barnidge
WR 83 Brian Hartline
QB 13 Josh McCown
RB 34 Isaiah Crowell
FB 44 Malcolm Johnson
RE 94 Randy Starks
NT 71 Danny Shelton
LE 92 Desmond Bryant
OLB 99 Paul Kruger
MIKE 56 Karlos Dansby
WILL 58 Christian Kirksey
OLB 54 Scott Solomon
CB 22 Tramon Williams
CB 23 Joe Haden
FS 39 Tashaun Gipson
SS 31 Donte Whitner
P 8 Andy Lee
K 6 Travis Coons
H 8 Andy Lee
KR 15 Marlon Moore
PR 11 Travis Benjamin
LS 47 Charley Hughlett


Injury Report:

Questionable: Dwayne Bowe, Nate Orchard, K’Waun Williams, Justin Gilbert, Barkevious Mingo

Probable: Johnny Manziel, Pierre Desir, Christian Kirksey, Mitchell Schwartz, Joe Haden, Duke Johnson, Marlon Moore


Interesting Notes:

- Head Coach Mike Pettine spent four seasons (2009-12) as the Jets defensive coordinator. He guided his unit to a top-10 finish each season.

- Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo was the Jets assistant quarterbacks coach in 2009, and Defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil spent four seasons (2009-12) coaching with the Jets.

- OL Joe Thomas Starts the season with 7,917 consecutive career snaps, appearing in every play since he was drafted by the Browns in 2007. His consecutive snaps streak marks the longest active stretch in the league.

- Jets assistant defensive backs coach Daylon McCutcheon appeared in 103 games with the Browns as a defensive back from 1999-2005. He was a third-round pick (62nd overall) in 1999. Jets defensive line coach Pepper Johnson played three seasons (1993- 95) as a linebacker with the Browns.

- Jets DB Buster Skrine (2011-14) was originally a fifth-round pick (137th overall) by the Browns in 2011.

- After finishing 2013 with a -8 turnover margin (tied for 25th in the NFL), the Browns owned a +6 turnover ratio last year, tied for ninth in the league. It marked the club’s biggest turnover margin increase since the 1991 season (+15) after a -24 margin in 1990. The last time the Browns finished a season with a margin of +6 or better was in 2001, when the club finished +9.

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