Browns at Jets -- Sunday, Dec. 22 -- 1:00 p.m. ET
When the Cleveland Browns traveled to New York to play the Jets on Dec. 9, 2007, they did so in the thick of a playoff race, and earned a 24-18 victory at old Meadowlands Stadium. The game kept the Browns in the playoff scenario until the last day of the year.
The Jets, who went 6-10 last year en route to a third-place finish in the AFC East Division, earned a 26-20 overtime victory over the Browns when the two teams met three years later, on Nov. 14, 2010 at then-Cleveland Browns Stadium.
The Browns have won two of the last three meetings with the Jets, and their last two road games in the series.
The trip to MetLife Stadium will be the third non-AFC North Division stadium the Browns will visit for the second consecutive year.
For the third straight year, the Browns will play the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. In each of the past two years, the Browns have played regular-season games at Indianapolis, but will instead open the road portion of the preseason against the Colts on Saturday, Aug. 24.
During the regular season, the Browns will travel to Lambeau Field, where they played a preseason game in 2012, and the second-to-last road game of 2013 will be against the Jets at MetLife Stadium, where Cleveland faced off against the Giants last year.
The Jets finished the 2012 regular season with more first downs than their opponents (299 to 293), but found themselves behind in total yardage (5,174 to 4,787), rushing yards (2,138 to 1,896) and passing yards (3,036 to 2,891), as well as touchdowns (44 to 31), sacks (47 to 30), time of possession and turnovers (-15).
Quarterback Mark Sanchez took most of the snaps for the Jets last year, and completed 246 of 453 attempts (54.3 percent) for 2,883 yards and 13 touchdowns against 18 interceptions. He was sacked 34 times for 209 lost yards and finished the year with the lowest quarterback rating on the team, at 66.9.
Jeremy Kerley proved to be Sanchez’s favorite target, catching 56 passes for 827 yards and two touchdowns. Jeff Cumberland and Stephen Hill finished the year with the most touchdown receptions -- three each -- while Kerley, Dustin Keller and Chaz Schilens each caught two scoring passes.
When the Jets went with the ground game, they featured Shonn Greene, who responded with 1,063 yards and eight touchdowns on 276 carries. All were career highs for the fifth-year back out of the University of Iowa, who rushed for 1,054 yards and six touchdowns with the Jets in 2011.
Defensively, David Harris and LaRon Landry finished the year with at least 100 tackles. Harris led the squad in total tackles (123), solo stops (79) and assists (44), while Landry finished second in two of those categories with 100 tackles and 76 solo efforts. Landry also led the Jets with four forced fumbles.
Veteran cornerback Antonio Cromartie posted a team-best three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown, as did Landry, who had two takeaways last year.
On special teams, running back Joe McKnight returned 39 kickoffs for 1,072 yards, including a 100-yard touchdown in a home game against the Houston Texans on Oct. 8, 2012. While McKnight handled the bulk of the kickoffs, Kerley averaged 10.9 yards over 19 punt returns. Punter Robert Malone dropped 27 punts inside opponents’ 20-yard lines and averaged 45.8 yards per kick.
Key Additions: The Jets signed safety Dawan Landry (free agent), linebacker Antwan Barnes (from San Diego), running back Mike Goodson (from Oakland), offensive lineman Willie Colon (from Pittsburgh) , and defensive lineman Antonio Garay (from San Diego) in addition to re-signing fullback Lex Hilliard and kicker Nick Folk.
Key Losses: Defensive end Mike DeVito (to Kansas City), running back Shonn Greene (to Tennessee), tight end Dustin Keller (to Miami) and safety LaRon Landry (to Indianapolis); linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace (released), safety Eric Smith (released), offensive lineman Jason Smith (released), and tight end Josh Baker (released).
Draft: The Jets addressed the defensive side the ball with the selections of cornerback Dee Milliner and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but then, spent their next five picks on offensive players. They drafted quarterback Geno Smith (second), guard Brian Winters (third), tackle Oday Aboushi (fifth), guard William Campbell (sixth) and fullback Tommy Bohanon (seventh) on days two and three of the league’s annual selection meeting.
Browns running back
Cioffi was a staff assistant with the Jets from 1993-94.
Jets tight ends Konrad Reuland (Springfield) and Jeff Cumberland (Columbus/Brookhaven H.S.), cornerback
Winters (Kent State University), wide receivers Santonio Holmes (The Ohio State University) and Vidal Hazleton (University of Cincinnati), Mangold (Ohio State), and running back Chris Ivory (Tiffin University) went to college in Ohio.
Linebacker JoJo Dickson spent part training camp with the Browns in 2012, while defensive back Bret Lockett played in four preseason games and spent training camp in Cleveland in 2009.
Defensive end Antonio Garay spent the first year of his NFL career with the Browns in 2003, where he played in four games and made four tackles.
Jets coach Rex Ryan was the defensive coordinator at the University of Cincinnati from 1996-97.
Tight ends/assistant offensive line coach Mike Devlin was the offensive line coach at the University of Toledo from 2004-05.
Tight ends coach Steve Hagen held the same position with the Browns from 2001-03, and again, from 2009-12. He also coached the Browns’ quarterbacks in 2004 and was on Kent State’s staff in 1991.
Jets assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn was the Browns’ running backs coach from 2007-08.
The Browns are 12-8-0 all-time against the Jets, and hold a 4-2-0 record in road games in the series. Including the 2007 meeting, the Browns have not lost a road game to the Jets since returning to the NFL in 1999. They are 2-0 in road games during that time.