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McCown, surprising Jets soar past winless Browns 17-14

CLEVELAND (AP) On his first trip back to Cleveland, Josh McCown experienced something new - and something unexpected.

''It took me three years and two teams,'' New York's quarterback said. ''But dang gummit, I got me a win at FirstEnergy Stadium.''

As a visitor.

Released by the Browns in February after two seasons, McCown got some revenge on his former team by throwing two touchdown passes and leading the surprising Jets to a 17-14 win over the winless Browns and coach Hue Jackson, who benched rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer and is under more pressure after falling to 1-20.

McCown won only one game as a starter in two seasons with Cleveland, and that came in Baltimore. He went 0-7 at home for the Browns (0-5), who released him on Feb. 7 in a cost-cutting move. The 38-year-old wasn't looking for payback, but he got it with two second-half scoring tosses.

Little was expected this season of the Jets (3-2), but they've become a shocking success story.

''We haven't done anything,'' coach Todd Bowles said. ''We've won three games. By no means are we perfect. We've got to play a lot better to beat New England (next week) or anyone else.''

McCown threw a 2-yard TD pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the third quarter and a 24-yarder to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth to give the Jets a 17-7 lead en route to their third straight victory.

Kearse's TD capped a 97-yard drive after Jackson decided not to try a potential tying field goal - rookie kicker Zane Gonzalez missed two attempts in the first half - and went for it on fourth down.

However, running back Isaiah Crowell was stopped short by New York's defense and McCown moved the Jets down the field, helped by a 34-yard pass on third down to tight end Eric Tomlinson.

Jackson said Gonzalez's earlier misses factored into his decision, but he was confident that his defense would get the ball back in good field position.

While the choice to shun the field goal was debatable, Jackson's conclusion to bench an ineffective Kizer for Kevin Hogan was the right move.

Hogan threw two touchdown passes, a 21-yarder to rookie tight end David Njoku and a 41-yarder to Duke Johnson in the final two minutes to pull the Browns within 17-14.

Cleveland tried an onside kick, but Jets linebacker Julian Stanford recovered it and McCown knelt three times to run out the clock. It is the first time in his 15-year career that McCown has won three consecutive starts.

When the game ended, McCown chased down Jackson and put his arm around the embattled coach.

''I told him to hang in there,'' McCown said. ''Fight the fight.''

With his future growing cloudy, Jackson opened the second half with Hogan, who came into training camp as the team's forgotten No. 4 quarterback. Hogan brought a spark, driving the Browns to a touchdown - and their first lead of the season - on the opening possession of the third quarter.

''I didn't think it was going in the right direction,'' Jackson said of Kizer's benching. ''That is why I made the decision to take him out. We go into every game trying to win. That is our goal. That is our job. That is my job. I'm not here just to get players better. That is part of it, but it is also to win. I think if there is a decision that needs to be made to win, that is the decision I am going to make.''

Kizer was understandably upset following the game.

''Frustrated for sure,'' said the second-round pick, who has nine interceptions and a league-low 49.5 rating. ''This is all new to me. Being 0-5 is new to me. This organization and this city deserves wins.''

Kizer stood on the sideline next to Jackson wearing a baseball cap and blank expression as Hogan completed five straight passes, including his scoring pass to Njoku, who snared the pass with a diving, one-handed grab.

Jackson said he'll wait to watch the tape before making a decision on his quarterback for next week when the Browns visit Houston.

GARRETT SHINES

While the Browns dropped to 2-30 in their past 32 games, they did finally get to see No. 1 overall draft pick Myles Garrett.

Garrett, who missed Cleveland's first four games with a high ankle sprain, sat out the first two plays before recording a sack on his first snap.

He finished with two sacks in limited time.

''Sacks don't mean anything if you don't win,'' Garrett said. ''It's nice to have stats, but you have to get the dub (W) at the end of the day.''

KILLER TURNOVERS

The Browns squandered four scoring opportunities during a sometimes comical - and difficult to watch - first half in which they dominated statistically, but couldn't get out of their own way.

Crowell fumbled a pitch inside New York's 10, Gonzalez missed two field goals and Kizer threw an interception at the goal line.

INJURIES

Jets: RB Bilal Powell exited in the second quarter with a calf injury, forcing third-stringer Elijah McGuire into action. Starter Matt Forte was inactive for the second straight week with turf toe.

Browns: LB James Burgess sustained a left knee injury in the fourth and walked off. ... Starting LB Jamie Collins missed his third straight game with a concussion.

UP NEXT

Jets: Host New England next Sunday.

Browns: At Houston next Sunday.

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Key Players
J. McCown 15 QB
194 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, INT, -3 RuYds
17
FPTS
K. Hogan 8 QB
194 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, INT, 30 RuYds
20
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:49
Z.Gonzalez extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Hughlett, Holder-B.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
17
14
Touchdown 1:49
K.Hogan pass short left to D.Johnson for 41 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
86
yds
1:34
pos
17
13
Point After TD 8:30
C.Catanzaro extra point is GOOD, Center-T.Hennessy, Holder-L.Edwards.
plays
yds
pos
17
7
Touchdown 8:30
J.McCown pass deep right to J.Kearse for 24 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
97
yds
4:26
pos
16
7
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:17
C.Catanzaro extra point is GOOD, Center-T.Hennessy, Holder-L.Edwards.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 4:17
J.McCown pass short right to A.Seferian-Jenkins for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
2
plays
13
yds
0:41
pos
9
7
Point After TD 9:23
Z.Gonzalez extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Hughlett, Holder-B.Colquitt. PENALTY on NYJ-M.Wilkerson, Leverage, 15 yards, enforced between downs.
plays
yds
pos
3
7
Touchdown 9:23
K.Hogan pass deep left to D.Njoku for 21 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
75
yds
5:37
pos
3
6
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:00
C.Catanzaro 57 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-T.Hennessy, Holder-L.Edwards.
6
plays
32
yds
0:31
pos
3
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
Time of Pos 25:34 34:26
1st Downs 14 22
Rushing 1 9
Passing 12 9
Penalty 1 4
3rd Down Conv 4-12 6-14
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-2
Total Net Yards 212 419
Total Plays 51 70
Avg Gain 4.2 6.0
Net Yards Rushing 34 140
Rush Attempts 18 33
Avg Rush Yards 1.9 4.2
Net Yards Passing 178 279
Comp. - Att. 23-30 24-36
Yards Per Pass 5.9 7.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-16 1-2
Penalties - Yards 9-80 6-60
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 2-1
Int. Thrown 1 2
Punts - Avg 6-51.5 2-56.5
Return Yards 80 31
Punts - Returns 2-16 3-28
Kickoffs - Returns 2-24 0-0
Int. - Returns 2-40 1-3
Kicking 3/3 2/4
Extra Points 2/2 2/2
Field Goals 1/1 0/2
Red Zone Eff. 1-1 -100% 0-3 -0%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 0-1 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Jets 3-2 037717
Browns 0-5 007714
178 PASS YDS 279
34 RUSH YDS 140
212 TOTAL YDS 419
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. McCown 15 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
76.7% 194 2 1 101.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.4% 1020 5 4 90.5
J. McCown 23/30 194 2 1 17
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
E. McGuire 35 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
34 176 1
E. McGuire 11 20 0 7 3
A. Stewart 18 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 12 0
A. Stewart 2 12 0 11 1
B. Powell 29 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
51 240 2
B. Powell 2 5 0 5 2
J. McCown 15 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 35 1
J. McCown 3 -3 0 -1 17
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Kerley 14 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 39 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 132 0
J. Kerley 4 4 39 0 18 3
J. Kearse 10 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 38 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 220 3
J. Kearse 4 4 38 1 24 9
E. Tomlinson 83 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 34 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 59 0
E. Tomlinson 1 1 34 0 34 3
A. Seferian-Jenkins 88 TE
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 6 29 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 106 1
A. Seferian-Jenkins 8 6 29 1 9 8
B. Powell 29 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 28 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 72 0
B. Powell 5 4 28 0 11 2
R. Anderson 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 220 1
R. Anderson 5 2 16 0 10 1
E. McGuire 35 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 55 0
E. McGuire 3 2 10 0 11 3
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
M. Claiborne 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-7 1 0.0
M. Claiborne 8-1 0.0 1 0
J. Adams 33 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-7 0 1.0
J. Adams 6-3 0.0 0 0
D. Davis 56 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-13 0 1.0
D. Davis 6-0 1.0 0 0
D. Lee 58 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-9 0 1.0
D. Lee 5-1 0.0 0 0
B. Skrine 41 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-3 0 1.0
B. Skrine 5-1 0.0 0 0
S. McLendon 99 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 0.0
S. McLendon 3-1 0.0 0 0
M. Maye 26 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-5 1 0.0
M. Maye 3-1 0.0 1 0
J. Jenkins 48 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-3 0 0.0
J. Jenkins 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Bass 47 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-5 0 2.0
D. Bass 2-1 0.0 0 0
F. Bishop 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
F. Bishop 2-1 0.0 0 0
M. Wilkerson 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-8 0 0.0
M. Wilkerson 1-1 0.0 0 0
L. Williams 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-12 0 0.0
L. Williams 1-1 0.0 0 0
R. Miles 45 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
R. Miles 1-0 0.0 0 1
E. Tomlinson 83 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Tomlinson 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Brooks 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 2 0.0
T. Brooks 0-1 0.0 0 0
T. Hennessy 42 LS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
T. Hennessy 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Catanzaro 7 K
5
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
10/12 8/8
C. Catanzaro 1/1 57 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Edwards 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 51.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
26 47.3 11
L. Edwards 6 51.3 1 62
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Bass 47 DE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
D. Bass 1 10.0 10 0
A. Stewart 18 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 23.0 32 0
A. Stewart 1 14.0 14 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Kerley 14 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 8.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 7.7 15 0
J. Kerley 2 8.0 13 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
K. Hogan 8 QB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
84.2% 194 2 1 122.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.4% 377 3 2 104.8
K. Hogan 16/19 194 2 1 20
D. Kizer 7 QB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
47.1% 87 0 1 38.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50.9% 851 3 9 49.5
D. Kizer 8/17 87 0 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
I. Crowell 34 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 60 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
62 194 0
I. Crowell 16 60 0 16 6
K. Hogan 8 QB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 30 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 35 0
K. Hogan 4 30 0 11 20
D. Kizer 7 QB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 29 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 126 2
D. Kizer 6 29 0 18 1
D. Johnson 29 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 77 2
D. Johnson 6 20 0 8 14
D. Njoku 85 TE
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
D. Njoku 1 1 0 1 10
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
R. Louis 80 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 71 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 204 0
R. Louis 8 5 71 0 21 7
D. Johnson 29 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 63 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 270 1
D. Johnson 3 3 63 1 41 14
D. Njoku 85 TE
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 48 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 118 3
D. Njoku 3 3 48 1 21 10
K. Williams 82 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 33 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 43 0
K. Williams 5 4 33 0 12 3
B. Treggs 11 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 2 28 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 28 0
B. Treggs 6 2 28 0 19 2
S. DeValve 87 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 24 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 158 0
S. DeValve 4 3 24 0 17 2
I. Crowell 34 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 57 0
I. Crowell 3 2 7 0 4 6
R. Higgins 81 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 112 0
R. Higgins 4 2 7 0 5 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Burgess 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-5 0 2.0
J. Burgess 6-1 1.0 0 0
J. Taylor 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-7 0 0.0
J. Taylor 5-0 0.0 0 0
E. Ogbah 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-7 0 2.0
E. Ogbah 4-1 0.0 0 0
J. McCourty 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-4 2 0.0
J. McCourty 4-1 0.0 1 1
C. Kirksey 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-13 0 1.0
C. Kirksey 4-1 0.0 0 0
I. Campbell 24 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
I. Campbell 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Schobert 53 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-17 0 0.0
J. Schobert 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Kindred 26 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-6 1 0.0
D. Kindred 2-0 0.0 0 0
I. Crowell 34 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
I. Crowell 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Garrett 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
M. Garrett 2-0 2.0 0 0
B. Boddy-Calhoun 20 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
B. Boddy-Calhoun 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Bitonio 75 G
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Bitonio 1-0 0.0 0 0
N. Orchard 44 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 1.0
N. Orchard 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Meder 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
J. Meder 1-0 0.0 0 0
L. Ogunjobi 65 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-6 0 0.0
L. Ogunjobi 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Jordan 41 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Jordan 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Peppers 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-5 0 0.0
J. Peppers 1-2 0.0 0 0
T. Coley 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-6 0 1.0
T. Coley 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Z. Gonzalez 5 K
2
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
2/5 9/9
Z. Gonzalez 0/2 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Colquitt 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 56.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
24 50.3 7
B. Colquitt 2 56.5 0 60
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Peppers 22 FS
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 9.3 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 6.0 25 0
J. Peppers 3 9.3 16 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NYJ 26 2:05 3 -3 Punt
10:54 NYJ 24 2:54 3 -13 Punt
1:16 NYJ 7 2:49 9 42 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:00 NYJ 42 1:23 3 6 INT
3:13 NYJ 14 1:31 3 -2 Punt
0:31 NYJ 29 0:31 6 32 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:23 NYJ 17 3:33 6 23 Punt
4:58 CLE 13 0:41 2 13 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:56 NYJ 3 4:26 8 97 TD
7:15 NYJ 15 3:52 6 15 Punt
1:49 CLE 45 1:49 3 -3 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:55 CLE 32 2:01 3 -3 Punt
8:00 CLE 43 6:44 13 50 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:27 CLE 21 3:27 7 45 FG Miss
8:37 NYJ 49 5:24 10 45 INT
1:42 CLE 45 1:11 7 34 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CLE 25 5:37 10 75 TD
5:50 CLE 20 0:52 2 1 INT
4:17 CLE 25 6:21 12 72 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:30 CLE 25 1:15 3 -5 Punt
3:23 CLE 14 1:34 5 86 TD