1. The Jets can't complain about this matchup. The Browns are the worst opening-day team in league history, having lost 10 straight Week 1 games. That's more than double the next-longest active streak (four), held by the New York Giants. Since the merger in 1970, the Browns are 14-28, a league-worst .333 winning percentage.
2. Continuing that theme, the Browns haven't fared too well in Weeks 2 to 17, either. They've gone 12 straight years without making the playoffs, tied for the second-longest drought in the NFL. Their winning percentage over the last five years (.313) is worse than every team except the Jacksonville Jaguars (.275). Other than that, things are looking up in Cleveland.
3. The Browns are without their general manager (Ray Farmer), their offensive line coach (Andy Moeller) and their star receiver (Josh Gordon), all of whom are serving suspensions. Farmer got busted by the league for illegally texting during games last season and Moeller was suspended indefinitely by the team for allegedly assaulting a female guest at his home last weekend, according to reporting by NFL Nation Browns reporter Pat McManamon. Gordon is on a one-year drug suspension. And people think the Jets are dysfunctional?
4. Browns coach Mike Pettine returns to MetLife Stadium for the second time since leaving the Jets after the 2012 season. He served as Rex Ryan's defensive coordinator from 2009 to 2012 before deciding to make a lateral move to the Buffalo Bills, which still puzzles some people. The Jets' defense includes eight holdovers from Pettine's last season, including cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who clashed with Pettine. The players respected his knowledge of the game, but they chafed at times because he wasn't as warm and cuddly as Ryan. Pettine is a good coach, but you have to wonder if he'll get a chance to show it at the Cleveland circus.
5. People always bemoan the Jets' decades-long search for a franchise quarterback. Imagine how the people in Cleveland feel. The Browns have used 37 starting quarterbacks since 1976, including 23 since 1999. What in the name of Otto Graham is going on there? The next man up is Josh McCown, 36, who signed a three-year, $14 million contract last March. He's smart and steady, the quintessential game manager, but he's not the future of the franchise. Don't forget, he went 1-10 last year for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He could be keeping the seat warm for ...
6. Heeeere's Johnny (Football). Amazingly, it took us to No. 6 before getting to Johnny Manziel, but things have quieted down after a headline-making rookie year. It was a disappointing year on the field -- two poor starts -- and we all know about his rehab stint during the offseason. The latest drama surrounding Manziel is a sore throwing elbow He threw lightly on Monday for the first time since Aug. 23, and there's some question as to whether he will be the No. 2 quarterback on Sunday. As insurance, the Browns signed Austin Davis.
7. To beef up their 32nd-ranked run defense, the Browns made two significant acquisitions, signing free agent defensive end Randy Starks and drafting nose tackle Danny Shelton in the first round. Starks occupies a small place in Jets' lore. In the 2011 finale, Starks, playing for the Miami Dolphins, intercepted two screen passes by Mark Sanchez. You've been warned, Ryan Fitzpatrick. Shelton isn't your typical plodding nose tackle. He's 335 pounds, but he's a high-energy player and moves very well. The Browns should be strong up the middle, but their linebacking corps is average and they might be vulnerable on the edges.
8. This game features two of the best cornerbacks in the league, Darrelle Revis and Joe Haden. They have something unusual in common: Both were drafted by Eric Mangini. He was only 33-47 as the Jets and Browns head coach, but Mangini sure had an eye for cornerback talent.
9. The Browns' offensive line is very good, led by left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack. The starting five consists of two first-, two second- and one third-round pick. It's so good that this year's first-rounder, Cameron Irving, is on the bench, backing up every spot.
10. Todd Bowles and his defense probably have to prepare for Terrelle Pryor and the Wildcat offense. In the final preseason game, the former Ohio State star -- listed as a wide receiver -- played a total of 17 snaps, running twice out of the Wildcat. He also lined up as the personal protector on the punt team. Sound familiar? It should; it was Tim Tebow's role with the Jets in 2012, when Pettine was an assistant. Pettine also was around when the Jets used Brad Smith in a similar role. It's possible he used Pryor last week just to give the Jets something to worry about. Or maybe not.