When trash talking in the NFL, you need to be able to back up your claim. Trash talk can either help or hurt you, especially when targeting out an entire team. Kellen Winslow Jr. has already started with the trash talk against the Browns saying, “They can’t guard me”. According to ESPN’s report on it, Winslow went on and said, “Who’s gonna guard me over there? Nobody.”
Winslow may just have shot himself and the rest of his team in the foot with those words. Winslow is only in his first year with the struggling Jets, and only has 319 receiving yards on 27 receptions and 2 touchdowns this season. The Browns, who are ranked 9th against the pass, will have to show Winslow who can stop him. This season, the Browns have struggled with covering tight ends, but this should give them encouragement going into Sunday’s game in New York.
The Browns are playing decent defense, but just not the full 60 minutes. Ray Horton has made comments that he knows the defense is not playing well in the 4th quarter and trying to make changes to improve. The Browns last week scored two touchdowns off interceptions, and are shutting down big offenses every game.
The Jets have struggled this year as well on offense under Geno Smith. Smith has been benched for his bad playing during a game before. Cleveland's defense is tough and will give both Smith and Winslow trouble on Sunday. With the chance of Joe Haden not playing after injuring his hip pointer, the Browns will have to look to the young talent of Skrine, Posey, McFadden, Gipson, and Ward to step up and show Kellen Winslow that anyone can guard him.