Dec 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver David Nelson (86) celebrates his touchdown catch during the second half of their game against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Browns 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Rise Above Cleveland Browns

Geno Smith and the New York Jets had a strong game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon, winning 24-13 to improve to 7-8 on the season. Smith went 20/36 for 2 TDs, a rushing TD, 48 rushing yards, and no interceptions. This game was the first that Smith didn’t throw an interception since the week 9 victory over the New Orleans Saints back on November 3rd. His passer rating of 91.7 is his second highest of his career, and today was his first time throwing multiple touchdowns since October.

The have had trouble on third down most of the season, but today they were very efficient, going 12-18. The defense came in clutch as well, picking off Jason Campbell twice in the winning effort. Running back Chris Ivory rushed 20 times for 109 yards. The Browns opened the scoring for the game, going up 10-0, but the Jets responded with a Smith touchdown pass to David Nelson and a 21-yard Nick Folk field goal to tie it at the half. In the second half, Nelson caught his second touchdown of the day and Smith rushed 17 yards for the put-away touchdown. The Browns were only able to muster a 21-yard Billy Cundiff field goal in the second half.

Rex Ryan let his team know that he may be fired and encouraged them to play for his job; apparently it did the trick for this week. They take on the Dolphins in Miami next week in the season finale to try and finish 8-8.

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