By Ian Sacks
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- The Jets beat the Browns in a convincing manner for Todd Bowles' head coaching debut. Here are our five takeaways:
1. Victory came with a price: Pro Bowl cornerback Antonio Cromartie and rookie linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin suffered injuries that forced them to leave the game. Cromartie went down with a knee injury, and Mauldin had a concussion that forced him to spend the night in the hospital.
"It'll be a blow [to us] because he's a good player," head coach Todd Bowles said about Cromartie's injury. "We brought him in here because he's a good player, but we got a lot of young guys that play behind him, and we got a lot of good corners. That's one of our most deepest positions."
2. Forcing the Browns: The Jets forced the Browns to turn the ball over five times, while Gang Green only lost possession once. New York recovered four Cleveland fumbles.
3. Success on the line: The Jets defense sacked Johnny Manziel three times. New York's offensive line protected Ryan Fitzpatrick, who did not get sacked once.
4. Great debut: Former Chicago Bear Brandon Marshall caught six catches for 61 yards and one touchdown in his first regular season game with Gang Green. Furthermore, he stripped Tashaun Gipson after the Browns safety came up with an interception in the second quarter. The play put New York in position to score a touchdown.
5. Veteran leadership was key: Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 15 of his 24 pass attempts for 179 yards and two touchdowns. In his first game with the Jets, he showed that he can lead the team in the absence of Geno Smith.