The team hosts the Cleveland Browns, one of the few franchises in the NFL who goes through as much disfunction as the Jets. On paper the Jets clearly have more talent. The Jets have Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and Chris Ivory on offense, while the Browns are led by Isaiah Crowell, Andrew Hawkins, and Brian Hartline. Both teams have strong defenses with the Jets led by Darrelle Revis, Muhammad Wilkerson, and Antonio Cromartie, and the Browns led by Joe Haden, Donte Whitner, and Paul Kruger. These two franchises have a common denominator. Both don't have clear franchise quarterbacks. The Jets starter is Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is a journeyman with stops in Buffalo, Tennessee, and Houston. Fitzpatrick took over because of Geno Smith breaking his jaw, and has looked strong in preseason action. The Browns have veteran Josh McCown under center. McCown struggled last season in Tampa Bay, and is just not a good quarterback. The quarterback position should be the deciding factor in this game.
Due to the fact that the Jets are playing the Browns and it is only week one, nobody is going to put the Jets or Todd Bowles on a pedestal for winning this game. Nobody is expecting the Jets to win the AFC east, and not many expect them in the playoffs. The fans want to see progress under Todd Bowles. If Bowles unleashes his complex defensive scheme with success, the Jets offense looks good, and he does not waste timeouts like Rex Ryan, fans are going to feel a little bit better with the new head coach running the show. It's time to beat the Browns.