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Flashback: Browns Blow Lead, Fall to 0-8 After 31-28 Setback to the Jets

Last season the Browns seemed to be headed for their first win as they took on the New York Jets at First Energy Stadium in week eight.

It was another day in which the Browns had an early lead, but couldn’t hang on to it and eventually lost to the Jets 31-28.

Here’s our game story from that afternoon as the Browns season of agony continued.

Two struggling teams met down at First Energy Stadium looking for statement wins as the Cleveland Browns fell to 0-8 after a brutal comeback win by the New York Jets 31-28.

Browns QB Josh McCown struck early and fast as he drove the team down 75-yards to hit WR Andrew Hawkins in the back corner of the endzone for a 5-yard touchdown for the 7-0 lead. Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick scrambled for a first down, which was reviewed and ruled short, and took a hit by rookie Breian Boddy-Calhoun and both players were taken to the sideline to be evaluated for concussions.

Boddy-Calhoun was taken to the locker room but Fitzpatrick was able to remain in the game. McCown did have another good drive late in the first quarter but the Browns had to settle for a field goal and increased the lead to 10-0.

The Jets started off the second quarter with a 35-yard Bilal Powell touchdown run which is the longest run for the Jets this season and put them back in the game trailing only by three.

Rookie defensive players Carl Nassib and Emmanuel Ogbah were making impact plays in the first half. Nassib had two batted balls at the line of scrimmage and Ogbah recorded another sack to bring his season total to 3.5. RB Isaiah Crowell started to turn on the jets, no pun intended, and found the endzone late in the second quarter with a 1-yard rushing touchdown and ended the half with a field goal to go up 20-7.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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