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Browns Earn First Win of 2019 in 23-3 Victory Over Jets; Three Takeaways

The Browns may be able to put the term ‘mission accomplished’ next to the schedule with a ‘W’ on Monday night in New Jersey against the New York Jets, but there’s still plenty to talk about both good and bad after 120 minutes of football so far in 2019.

If you were into online sports betting you likely took the Browns minus the 6.5 points on Monday night, but you had to sweat it out for a bit despite the Jets doing not one thing on offense in the first half.

Cleveland was somewhat lackluster, and while they built a solid 16-3 lead after 30 minutes, there was still a sense of uneasiness about their play on the field.

But in the NFL, a win is a win, and now the team can come back to the 216 and get ready for another prime-time game, this time against much stiffer competition in the NFC Champion St.Louis Rams on NBC’s Sunday Night football.

Here’s a couple quick takeaways from the Monday night victory.

1. Baker Still Shaky

The Browns first overall pick of a year ago, QB Baker Mayfield, made some great throws during Monday’s 20-point win, but also at times looked very unsettled and uncomfortable on multiple occasions throughout the game.

Baker on the night was 19 of 35 for 325 yards, including a long TD to Odell Beckham, and an interception. He was rushed in the pocket a number of times, and just didn’t look like he had the same swagger as he did plenty of times last season.

It remains to be seen if these early growing pains are really something to be worried about or not.

2. Garrett Dominates

Myles Garrett earned a pair of personal fouls, but that was about the only things he did wrong on the night at the Meadowlands.

He was simply awesome, bringing back memories of another linebacker who use to play at a stadium close to MetLife, that being former Giants linebacker and Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor.

Garret was that good, and in recording three sacks, three tackles for losses, and a total of five quarterback hits.

It was an effort that will likely earn him the ‘AFC Defensive Player of the Week’ award.

3. Beckham the Star of the Show

While Myles Garrett was playing lights out on defense with sacks and big hits, it was Odell Beckham Jr. who put the game away with a sweet 89-yard score.

The catch and run from Baker Mayfield came after the D held the Jets on fourth down, and quickly Baker hit Odell in stride, and a few seconds later he was gone and the Browns were up 23-3.

Fans have been waiting to see a big play in the first two games by Beckham, and in the stadium where he use to don the colors of the Giants, the all-world WR came through.

Browns Backup DE Chris Smith Will Play Vs Jets Despite Death of Girlfriend Last Week

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There was question regarding the status of Browns defensive end Chris Smith, who tragically lost his girlfriend last week in an accident.

Smith is a backup for the Browns, and most betting on sports online did not take into him playing or not into consideration, but there is a thought him taking the field will inspire the entire Browns team.

Petara Cordero was killed early on September 11th on I-90 after Smith and her pulled over their 2019 Lamborghini after a tire issue.

She was killed after being struck by a Mazda, by a woman who admitted to police that she had been drinking, but as of yet has not been charged.

It was up in the air if Smith was going to play against the Jets on Monday night football this evening, and today via Nate Urlich on twitter Smith announced in a statement he will take the field.

“I am going to play tonight because it is something, she would want me to do. She would want me to keep doing what I love and stay strong. I play for her tonight. She is my why.”

The accident which killed Cordero last week came just four weeks after she gave birth to the couple’s first child, Haven Harris Smith.

“Words cannot describe the sorrow we feel for Chris following the loss of his girlfriend, Petara,” Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement last week.

“Our entire organization mourns with Chris, his family and the Cordero family. We will do everything possible to offer them our support, comfort and any resources in this most difficult time.”

Smith took a few days off from the team after the accident, but was back with the Browns and returned to practice on Saturday.

He made the trip with the team on Sunday to New Jersey for tonight’s game, but it was still unknown if he would suit up or decide to not play. The Browns were in his corner either way.

Another statement was put out through Smith’s publicist via Cleveland.com with support by the Cordero family.

“Would like to thank everyone for their thoughtful prayers, condolences and well wishes. From the bottom of their hearts they are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support.

At this time, they ask for complete privacy as both families take the time needed to grieve the sudden and unexpected loss of their beloved Petara Cordero.”

Browns Look to Even Their Record Against the Jets: 3 Keys to a Win Tonight

After last week’s disaster at home against the Tennessee Titans, the Browns will look for their first win of the 2019 season tonight as they take on the beat up New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Most sports betting venues have the Browns as a healthy 6.5 road favorite, which is crazy thinking that they lost by 30 at home last week while the Jets lost at home to the Buffalo Bills by a point.

The reason for the line has more to do with injuries to the Jets than how the Browns did or didn’t play. The Jets will be minus defensive leader linebacker C.J. Mosley as well as starting quarterback Sam Darnold.

This is not to say that tonight will be easy, but if the Browns find a way not to win in the Meadowlands, it could be a long start to their season with tough games ahead.

Here’s a few quick keys to a win tonight for the Browns.

1. Better Discipline

It goes without saying that 18 penalties for 200 yards is a very quick way to lose a football game, but that’s what happened on Sunday against the Titans, something Browns fans hadn’t seen in some 60 years.

The focus this week has to be on being better with technique, that way the holds and what not won’t be called. As far as losing focus, that has to fall on a coaching staff that was severely outcoached on Sunday by the Titans.

The trend of penalties in the NFL is way up in two weeks thus far, the Browns have to just be better tonight when it comes to that.

2. Playmakers

The Browns biggest offensive playmakers were rather silent on Sunday, as Odell Beckham, Nick Chubb and Jarvis Landry all put up some okay numbers, but they were nowhere near good enough for a winning effort.

It will be on Baker Mayfield to not only create time in the pocket, but look for him to try and get a few big balls downfield to both Odell and Jarvis.

As for Chubb, the game got out of hand so the run game was a non-factor, but hopefully tonight he can have a lot more impact on the game.

3. Pressure Trevor

Trevor Siemian will get the call for the Jets tonight, and the Browns can’t sit back and think it will be a piece of cake to get to the former Broncos QB, so they have to make things happen up front.

”Just do my job,” Siemian said of his mindset entering tonight. ”Run a clean operation and get the ball in the end zone. It’s pretty simple.”

The 27-year-old was a 7th round pick of the Broncos back in the 2015 NFL Draft, and two years ago started 10 games for Denver, going 5-5 in those starts.

He’s thrown 30 touchdowns to 24 picks, and has a lifetime completion percentage of 59.3.

If the Browns can get to him and force some bad throws, that should be enough to get out of New Jersey tonight with a win.

Three Jets Players the Browns Need to Keep an Eye on in Monday’s Game

The Browns will look to get back to .500 on Monday night as they travel to the Meadowlands to take on the 0-1 New York Jets.

Last week the Browns, who were favored by bet-california.com to beat the Titans at home were stunned and embarrassed losing by 30 by a final of 43-13.

The Jets will enter the game banged up and minus their starting quarterback in Sam Darnold, but the Browns cannot afford to take New York lightly after the way they played in the opener.

Here’s a couple players that the Browns will have to watch for on Monday for the Jets as they enter the National television stage for the first time this season.

1. Le’Veon Bell – Running Back

The biggest offseason pickup for the Jets is a player the Browns know all too well in former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell.

Bell is still a dynamic back, and last week against the Bills he showed again he’s got a lot of gas in the tank, rushing for 60 yards, and catching six passes for 36 yards.

He’s a player the Browns are going to have to be very careful with each time he touches the ball.

2. Jamison Crowder – Wide Receiver

The Jets are going to undoubtedly struggle with the fact they are missing Sam Darnold, but if there’s a wide receiver who might be able to get downfield and give them a shot it’s one-time Washington Redskins pass catcher Jamison Crowder.

Against Buffalo in week one Crowder had the best day of any Jets receiver, going for 99 yards on 14 a crazy catches, and they threw the ball to him a whopping 17 times.

He can get open, and while the Browns might not be too worried about the play of Jets backup quarterback Trevor Siemian, they can’t fall asleep on Crowder who is the best catcher on the Jets roster right now.

3. Neville Hewitt – Linebacker

With linebacker C.J. Mosley out of the game with a groin injury, the Jets will look to fifth-year linebacker Neville Hewitt from Marshall to make some plays on the defensive side of the ball.

Hewitt last week stepped up and was the second-best linebacker on the field next to Mosley, being credited with a total of eight tackles as well as an interception.

The Jets are going to enter the game banged up on both sides of the ball, but again the Browns can’t fall asleep on Hewitt and what he’s able to do on defense.

Browns Starting Free Safety Damarious Randall Out Against the Jets

The Browns should already have a distinct advantage when they travel to New Jersey to play the Jets on Monday night football starting at 8:15pm to try to get back to .500.

The team won’t have to face second-year Jets QB Sam Darnold, who is already ruled out of the game with mono, and now the Jets have also ruled out possibly their top defensive player, one they got via the free agent market this offseason.

That player is former Baltimore Ravens and now Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley, who Saturday was ruled out with a groin injury.

While when doing basketball betting losing a player such as Mosley is huge, the Jets might be able to make up for it with Albert McClellan who will likely be the starter for the injured Mosley.

The linebacker was injured during the Jets 17-16 opening day loss at home to the Buffalo Bills in a game in which they lead entering the fourth quarter 16-3 before allowing a pair of touchdowns to fall to 0-1.

The Jets were hopeful that the linebacker would be able to take the field against the Browns, as they took the day off Friday in hopes he would heal up, but that’s not the case.

Mosley is not the only Jets player that is going to be watching from the sideline, but also defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (sprained left ankle) is out for Monday’s game.

The Jets are not the only team that ruled out a player today for the game on Monday, as the Browns on Saturday ruled out starting free safety Damarious Randall.

Randall, who seemed to be interested in looking to take on former Browns head coach Gregg Williams after some comments on Friday, has been ruled out for Monday night’s game against the Jets with a concussion.

The Browns starting free safety said he would have demanded a trade if the Browns made Williams the head coach in 2019.

“I don’t got no love for him at all,’’ Randall told cleveland.com. “I’m happy he didn’t get the job here. Because if Gregg would’ve gotten the job here, I would’ve requested a trade immediately.’’

It is not clear at what point of the Browns 43-13 opening day loss to the Tennessee Titans at home when Randall suffered the concussion, but he reported the symptoms to the team today, and won’t be able to take the field at MetLife Stadium.

Eric Murray likely will get the start in the case of Randall.

Girlfriend of Browns DE Chris Smith Killed in Accident Early Wednesday

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The entire Browns family is in mourning today after the tragic death early on Wednesday morning of the girlfriend of Browns defensive end Chris Smith.

Petara Cordero was struck and killed early Wednesday morning on I-90 after Smith and her pulled over their 2019 Lamborghini after a tire issue.

At that point a a woman who told Cleveland police she had been drinking veered to the right side of it driving a Mazda, hitting not only the passenger side doors, but also hitting Cordero.

She was taken to Fairview Hospital and pronounced dead.

The passing of Smith’s girlfriend comes just four weeks after she gave birth to the couple’s first child, Haven Harris Smith.

“Words cannot describe the sorrow we feel for Chris following the loss of his girlfriend, Petara,” Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement.

“Our entire organization mourns with Chris, his family and the Cordero family. We will do everything possible to offer them our support, comfort and any resources in this most difficult time.”

Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Smith and Cordero family.

Titans and Browns NFL Week One Inactives

CLEVELAND – The Browns and Titans are ready to start week one, and here’s the inactives for each team for the 1pm EST kickoff.

Titans

OG Nate Davis
RB Dalyn Dawkins
DT Matt Dickerson
LB Reggie Gilbert
LB David Long
OG Kevin Pamphile
CB Tye Smith

Browns

LB Genard Aver
OG Austin Corbett
QB Garrett Gilbert
TE Ricky Seals-Jones
LB Sione Takitaki
WR Taywan Taylor
OG Wyatt Teller

Browns Bring Back Left Tackle Greg Robinson

The Browns have re-signed left tackle Greg Robinson according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Robinson was surprisingly released on Sunday but apparently that was purely a procedural move so that the Browns could stash rookie OL Drew Forbes on injured reserve with the designation to return.

The former No.2-overall pick in the 2014 draft has never come close to living up to his draft pedigree but started eight games for the Browns in 2018, ranking 63rd out of 80 qualifiers according to Pro Football Focus.

While it seems like he has been in the league forever, Brown is still only 26 years old.

He suited up for practice on Monday and is fully expected to be the starting left tackle when the Browns open the season against the Tennessee Titans on September 8.