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Struggling Browns visit Rex and the Jets

(SportsNetwork.com) - Think the New York Jets will be the only frustrated team playing out the string at MetLife Stadium this Sunday afternoon?

Think again.

The Cleveland Browns, losers of 10 games for six consecutive seasons, will play the penultimate game of their 11th consecutive non-playoff year with a Week 16 trip to northern New Jersey to play the equally playoff-disqualified Jets.

The Browns began 2013 at 3-1 and were a still optimistic 4-5 heading into the Week 10 bye, but five consecutive losses since that early November respite have yielded the same old thing.

Not helping matters has been the excruciating nature of the most recent losses, with the last three coming by a combined 12 points after Cleveland held a fourth-quarter lead each week.

In Week 15, it was a 38-31 verdict to Chicago after establishing a 24-17 lead entering the final 15 minutes.

"It's very disappointing, very disappointing," cornerback Joe Haden said. "Especially when you have a team that you know that can win. It's frustrating, but you always try to stay positive, you always try to look ahead and we still got two more games left."

Haden is questionable this week with a hip pointer and tight end Jordan Cameron, he of the team-best 75 receptions and career-highs in both yardage (848) and touchdowns (seven), is also questionable with a concussion.

"As bad as we want him to be out there with us playing on the field," quarterback Jason Campbell said, "I care more for his health and his safety."

The security of the head coaching job of Rex Ryan has become the issue in New York.

The Jets were mathematically eliminated from playoff conversation with a 30-20 loss at Carolina last week, marking the third consecutive season they've failed to get to the postseason after reaching the AFC Championship Game in each of Ryan's first two years on the job.

His contract expires at the end of 2013, which saw New York at 5-4 heading into its bye in Week 10, only to have the good feelings unravel with four losses in five subsequent games.

It's a tough spot for the affable coach, whom many expected to be leading a dreadful team all season long. Instead, the early positives raised hopes for a big second half, which leaves a sour taste in the mouths of fans who'd been expecting to have little or no taste by this point.

"I'm a competent guy, even though I know that will be questioned a zillion times forward and backward, whatever, that's fine," he said. "But I know I'm a good football coach.

"I believe in this team. I believe in this organization and I'm determined to bring a winner to this team, there's no question about it.I know and I believe that I'm the right guy for it. Now again, I'm not the guy making that decision."

Left to that choice will be owner Woody Johnson and general manager John Idzik. The latter is wrapping up his inaugural year on the job. Neither have discussed Ryan's situation in public.

The Jets wrap up the 2013 schedule next week at Miami.

Quarterback Geno Smith could be in something of an audition mode himself.

The rookie from West Virginia was calm, cool and collected while rallying the team for a handful of first-half victories, but he skidded to a 30.6 passer rating with eight interceptions and no touchdowns over a five-game stretch between late October and early December - in which the Jets were 1-4.

In his last two games, he's thrown for 386 yards and two TDs with two interceptions and run for 94 yards. The Browns have been nicked for 658 passing yards in their last two games and have allowed 33 points per game during the five-game losing streak.

New York has reached 30 points three times in 15 games.

"We're going out there and playing for Rex because he's our head coach and we want to play hard for him and we want to win games for him," Smith said. "He coaches us hard, he puts the time and effort in and he deserves for our team to go out and that's what we do every single week. I love Rex.

"And despite what decision is made, my feelings toward him will never change."

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

What You Talkin' About, Willis?

When healthy, the Miami-reared and Buffalo-drafted Willis McGahee was a Jets killer early in the career with the Bills, exceeding 100 yards against New York five times - once in 2004, and twice apiece in 2005 and 2006.

He scored three times in those five games and also caught nine passes. He's questionable this week, but will be valuable if able to suit up.

Rush to Judgement

An area of possible dominance for the Jets is along the line of scrimmage, particularly in passing situations. Defensive end Muhammad WIlkerson has 10 sacks, linebacker Calvin Pace is at nine and fellow linebacker Quinton Coples is aiming for a fourth straight game with at least one. Cleveland is tied for 18th in the league with 38 sacks allowed.

OVERALL ANALYSIS

What the reeling Jets - and particularly Ryan - really needed was an opponent for this week who was in even worse shape than they are.

They might have found it with the Browns, who are both unlucky and injury plagued as the reach the second-to-last week. Expect Gang Green to send out Ryan with a determined home effort, though the bet here is that it's a new coach next year.

Sports Network predicted outcome: Jets 21, Browns 13

12/20 10:35:55 ET

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 2013 American Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-New England 12 4 0 .750 444 338 8-0 4-4 4-2 9-3
NY Jets 8 8 0 .500 290 387 6-2 2-6 3-3 5-7
Miami 8 8 0 .500 317 335 4-4 4-4 2-4 7-5
Buffalo 6 10 0 .375 339 388 4-4 2-6 3-3 5-7
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Cincinnati 11 5 0 .688 430 305 8-0 3-5 3-3 8-4
Pittsburgh 8 8 0 .500 379 370 5-3 3-5 4-2 6-6
Baltimore 8 8 0 .500 320 352 6-2 2-6 3-3 6-6
Cleveland 4 12 0 .250 308 406 3-5 1-7 2-4 3-9
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Indianapolis 11 5 0 .688 391 336 6-2 5-3 6-0 9-3
Tennessee 7 9 0 .438 362 381 3-5 4-4 2-4 6-6
Jacksonville 4 12 0 .250 247 449 1-7 3-5 3-3 4-8
Houston 2 14 0 .125 276 428 1-7 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Denver 13 3 0 .813 606 399 7-1 6-2 5-1 9-3
x-Kansas City 11 5 0 .688 430 305 5-3 6-2 2-4 7-5
x-San Diego 9 7 0 .563 396 348 5-3 4-4 4-2 6-6
Oakland 4 12 0 .250 322 453 3-5 1-7 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
 2013 National Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Philadelphia 10 6 0 .625 442 382 4-4 6-2 4-2 9-3
Dallas 8 8 0 .500 439 432 5-3 3-5 5-1 7-5
NY Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 383 4-4 3-5 3-3 6-6
Washington 3 13 0 .188 334 478 2-6 1-7 0-6 1-11
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Green Bay 8 7 1 .531 417 428 4-3-1 4-4 3-2-1 6-5-1
Chicago 8 8 0 .500 445 478 5-3 3-5 2-4 4-8
Detroit 7 9 0 .438 395 376 4-4 3-5 4-2 6-6
Minnesota 5 10 1 .344 391 480 5-3 0-7-1 2-3-1 4-7-1
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Carolina 12 4 0 .750 366 241 7-1 5-3 5-1 9-3
x-New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 414 304 8-0 3-5 5-1 9-3
Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 353 443 3-5 1-7 1-5 3-9
Tampa Bay 4 12 0 .250 288 389 3-5 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Seattle 13 3 0 .813 417 231 7-1 6-2 4-2 10-2
x-San Francisco 12 4 0 .750 406 272 6-2 6-2 5-1 9-3
Arizona 10 6 0 .625 379 324 6-2 4-4 2-4 6-6
St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 348 364 5-3 2-6 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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