Nick Chubb raises his hand and takes the blame for Cleveland’s late game loss against the Jets in Week 2. go up 30-17. Before that score, his team already had a 24-17 lead, and the Jets had just burned their last time-out of the game, which meant there was an opportunity to just buy time to win instead of getting into the dirt.
“To be honest, looking back, I probably shouldn’t have scored right away,” Chubb told reporters via Associated Press. “It cost us the game.”
After Chubb’s touchdown, Cleveland’s business began to fall apart fairly quickly. Cade York missed an extra-point try and maintained a 13-point lead with 1:55 left in the game. The Jets then went 75 yards in just two plays, scoring a touchdown and cutting the lead to six. New York regained a hit in the game and scored again to take a 31–30 lead with 22 seconds on the clock and eventually hold on for an unprecedented comeback.
“It would be hard (to stop),” Chubb said. “I think the first down marker was at 1 or 2 and the goal line was there too. I could probably get down. could happen.
“I could have gone out of bounds, but people were in the back and they would have pushed me or something like that. I probably should have just collapsed after I made the cut.”
While Chubb’s decision to go to the end zone instead of burning the clock caused the most blame for the defeat, it hardly falls entirely on his shoulders. First, York should not have missed the extra point that gave New York the opportunity to win the game in regulation. Then there was a miscommunication in a Cory Davis secondary touchdown at 66 yards, giving the Jets even more hope. In addition, Amari Cooper was unable to parry the blow from the side.
Even before Chubb could touch down, fellow Browns defenseman Kareem Hunt was hit out of bounds at the 2:30 mark in the fourth quarter, saving the Jets from the first timeout.
“Lean on me,” head coach Kevin Stefansky said of the collapse. “Players don’t hide from it. I don’t hide from it.”
The Browns won’t have much time to wallow in this loss as they open week three by hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night, so they’ll have a chance to wear off that sourness pretty quickly.