NFL Week 2 grades: Browns get ‘D’ after late collapse against Jets, Cowboys earn ‘A-‘ for upset win over Bengals

There’s a reason Cleveland was once known as the “Factory of Sadness.” The Browns may have more upset losses than any other team in NFL history, and they added another to their heartbreaking total on Sunday, blowing a 30-17 lead against the New York Jets in just 85 seconds.

With 1:55 left in the game Sunday, Nick Chubb scored a touchdown to put the Browns up 30-17 and it looked like Cleveland would cruise to victory, but when you’re talking about the Browns, there’s no such thing as cruising to victory.

In a stunning turn of events, the Jets scored two touchdowns in just 60 seconds, allowing them to steal a 31-30 victory. If you’re wondering how incredible the loss was, here’s your answer.

For the most part, the Browns played an impressive game, but they couldn’t overcome SIX monumental mistakes that occurred in the final two minutes.

The biggest came from Chubb, who could have sealed the win if he had simply gone to the ground instead of scoring a TD with 1:55 left. Had he done so, the game would have been over because the run gave Cleveland a first down and the Jets had no timeouts remaining.

We’ve seen running backs drop at the 1-yard line before, but Chubb didn’t here. Even if he had gone out of bounds, the Browns could have simply punted the ball three straight times to clinch the win.

Chubb’s gaffe wasn’t the Browns’ only big mistake. Last week’s hero for the Browns, Cade York, was definitely not this week’s hero. The Browns would have had 31 points late in the game, but York missed the extra point after Chubb’s touchdown. The missed shot left the Browns ahead by just 13 points, which helped open the door for a Jets comeback.

York and Chubb’s mistakes wouldn’t have mattered if the Browns defense hadn’t given up a long touchdown, which brings us to mistake number three: The Browns somehow left Corey Davis wide open for a 66-yard touchdown.

(Note: Ignore the NFL’s tweet, it was a 66-yard score, not a 76.)

Even after Joe Flacco hit Davis for the score with 1:22 left to cut Cleveland’s lead to 30-24, the Browns still could have won with a Jets fumble recovery, but instead we committed mistake number four . On a shot from the Jets sideline, the ball bounced off the hands of Amari Cooper and into the hands of New York’s Justin Hardy.

Nine plays after the punt, the Jets score a touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Flacco to Garrett Wilson (Given up the TD was mistake number five).

Even after falling behind, the Browns STILL had a chance to win. With six seconds left, the Browns were at their own 46 and needed roughly eight to 10 yards to give York a realistic shot at a field goal. However, York never got a chance to win the game because Jacoby Brissett threw interception number six.

It was a complete meltdown in a game the Browns had no business losing. Their “F-” performance in the final two minutes completely overshadowed the fact that they actually played pretty good football for the better part of three quarters.

Alright, let’s get down to the grades for each game from Week 2. If you’re looking for more in-depth coverage of the Chiefs’ wild 27-24 win over the Chargers on Thursday, be sure to click here.

NY Jets 31-30 over Cleveland

Jets-Browns Grades by John Breach (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Jacksonville 24-0 over Indianapolis

Colts-Jaguars Grades by John Breech (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Detroit 36-27 over Washington

Commanders-Lions Ratings by John Breach (Love Ratings? Hate Ratings? Let him know on Twitter.)

Miami 42-38 over Baltimore

Dolphins-Ravens Grades by Jeff Kerr (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

New England 17-14 over Pittsburgh

Patriots-Steelers Grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Tampa Bay 20-10 over New Orleans

Buccaneers-Saints Grades by Tyler Sullivan (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

NY Giants 19-16 over Carolina

Panthers-Giants grades by Shanna McCarriston (Love grades? Hate grades? Let she knows on Twitter.)

Dallas 20-17 over Cincinnati

Bengals-Cowboys grade by Jordan Dayani (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

San Francisco 27-7 over Seattle

Seahawks-49ers Grades by Jared Dubin (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Arizona 29-23 over Las Vegas (OT)

Cardinals-Raiders grades by Jeff Kerr (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Denver 16-9 over Houston

Texans-Broncos Grades by John Breech (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

LA Rams 31-27 over Atlanta

Falcons-Rams Grades by John Breach (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Green Bay 27-10 over Chicago

Bears-Packers Grades by John Breach (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

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