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Browns have no answer for Jets in second half collapse

It started well as the Browns jumped out to a 20-7 lead, but 24 unanswered points by the Jets in the second half sent the Browns to 0-8 in a 31-28 loss.

CLEVELAND--The Browns might have a distinction they rather not have.

The Browns very well could have the dubious distinction of having not won a game since two major Cleveland sports teams have won two different championships. 

With their next game not until next Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, the Cleveland Indians might have brought the city of Cleveland their second major sports championship of 2016. The Cavaliers won the NBA title in June, while the Indians need to win one more game in the World Series to accomplish the feat. 

The Browns have lost 11-straight regular season games dating back to December 2015 when they defeated the 49ers, 24-10. 

The Browns lost their eighth-straight to open the season in a 31-28 loss to the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium in front of an announced crowd of 67,431 fans.

 The Browns have not started this poorly since 1999 as the lowly '99 team won their eighth game of the season on a 'Hail Mary' pass from Tim Couch to Kevin Johnson on their way to a 2-14 finish. In fact, the Browns franchise hasn't started 0-8 since the 1975 season. 

The Browns built a 20-7 lead at the end of the first half with a field goal, but the Jets took the opening kickoff to start the second half and drove 78 yards in 6:45 to cut the deficit to 20-14 on 24 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Quincy Enunwa. After a Browns punt, the Jets went 84 yards to take the lead 21-20 with 2:11 to play as Matt Forte bowled over several Browns defenders on fourth-and-one. The big play on the drive was a 57-yard pass to Enunwa as he beat Jamar Taylor for a 57 yard gain. The Jets had the trifecta as Forte capped an 83-yard score with 9:38 to play to put the Jets up 28-20. 

After a Browns turnover deep in their own territory, the Jets tacked on a field goal to make the score 31-20. The Browns scored with 12 seconds to play to make the score 31-28.

All in all, the Jets scored 24 unanswered points to open the second half on their way to the win.

Extra Points

Welcome Back: Josh McCown led the Browns on a 75 yard touchdown drive on the opening drive of the game. McCown threw to tight end Gary Barnidge on first down for 32 yards and then hit Terrell Pryor for 24 yards on third-and-10 as Pryor beat Darrelle Revis. Three plays later, McCown hits Andrew Hawkins as he beat Marcus Williams. McCown threw an interception in the fourth quarter to DB Marcus Gilchrist on a deep pass intended for WR Terrelle Pryor. He was intercepted late  by LB Lorenzo Mauldin on a deflected pass off of RB Duke Johnson. McCown hit  Hawkins for a one-yard touchdown with 12 seconds to play and then a two-point conversion to WR Terrelle Pryor made the final 31-28.

McCown threw to seven different receivers in first half and finished throwing to eight different receivers. QB Kevin Hogan threw a pass to WR Jordan Payton for nine different receivers. McCown finished 25-of-49 for 341 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for a rating of 70.2.

Young Guns: LB Joe Schubert combined with DL Danny Shelton for a sack in the first half. Originally, DL Emmanuel Ogbah was credited with the half sack. Ogbah had six tackles, a quarterback pressure and hurry. DL Carl Nassib batted down three QB Ryan Fitzpatrick passes in the first half, including one on third down. Schobert had three tackles.

Captain Kirk: LB Christian Kirksey continued to make plays. He knifed in and dropped RB Matt Forte for a four-yard loss in the second quarter. Kirksey led the Browns with 12 tackles. 

Demario Davis Reunion: Browns LB Demario Davis started and played his entire career with the Jets before signing with the Browns. Davis had six tackles.

The Crow: RB Isaiah Crowell scored on a one-yard run after TE Gary Barnidge was interfered with in the end zone by DB Calvin Pryor. Crowell finished with 29 yard on 11 carries. Crowell caught two passes for 34 yards. 

The Duke: RB Duke Johnson caught six passes for 87 yards and rushed four times for 29 yards. 

Pryor's Big Half: WR Terrelle Pryor had a strong first half, but was shut out in the second half. Pryor beat Pro Bowl CB Darrelle Revis on several plays in the first half, including a 35- and 24- yard completions. However, Pryor dropped a third-and-10 pass from McCown in the second quarter that would've been enough for a first down. Pryor then dropped another pass he got his hands on late in the second quarter.  Pryor had six receptions  for 101 yards in the first half on 10 targets, including a long of 35 yards. Pryor did catch a two-point conversion at the end of the game.  Pryor was targeted 13 times, overall.

Hawk: WR Andrew Hawkins had five receptions for 31 yards and two touchdowns. He had 4 for 30 yards and a touchdown in the first half. 

Seth's First: TE Seth DeValve caught his first NFL pass for 5 yards in the third quarter.

Concussion for Boddy-Calhoun: DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun hit QB Ryan Fitzpatrick hard on a third-and-5 scramble sending Fitzpatrick to the sideline. Fitzpatrick's helmet flew off, as well as his chin strap and the officials forced him to sit out for a play. Body-Calhoun did not return

Hogan Mix: QB Kevin Hogan threw two passes for four yards, but didn't run the ball out of the wildcat after rushing for 104 yards last week. 

Fitz Bounce Back: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed just 3 passes in the first half for 30 yards, but finished with 16-of-34 for 228 yards and a touchdown. 

Back to Bailey: OL Alvin Bailey was back at left guard in place of rookie OL Spencer Drango to start the game. However, Drango entered and played the remainder of the game. 

Good Challenge: Jackson challenged that Fitzpatrick was short on a third down run and the call was reversed forcing New York to punt. 

Perfect Parkey: K Cody Parkey made two more field goals to make him perfect since missing three in his first game against Miami. Parkey converted on  41- and 27-yard field goals. 

1986 Browns in the house: The Browns honored the 1986 Browns team with 25 former player in attendance including Bernnie Kosar, Brian Brenna, Hanford Dixon, Bob Golic, Webster Slaughter, Reggie Langhorne, Earnest Byner, Dan FIke, Kevin Mack and more. Coach Marty Schottenheimer led the fans in a chorus of "Here we go Brownies, here we go."

Inactives: QB Cody Kessler, QB  Joe Callahan, WR Corey Coleman, DB Marcus Burley, OL Gabe Ikard, OL  Jonathan Cooper and  TE Connor Hamlett.


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