Game Scout: Jaguars at Browns

Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) at Cleveland Browns (4-7)
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland - TV: CBS
*TV announcers: Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
*Keys to the game: The Browns are streaking in the wrong direction, at the bottom of the AFC North with five losses in six games and a fourth quarterback change was necessary last week when Jason Campbell (concussion) went down. Brandon Weeden, who has lost the starting job twice this season, gets yet another shot but life as a Cleveland quarterback is difficult with no running game to rely on. The Browns have zero sacks in the past two games. Getting to QB Chad Henne does not guarantee success. He was sacked four times by the Texans last week and though he did not throw a touchdown pass, he did not throw an interception, which is a victory for the Jaguars. Henne found last week the best way to move the ball against the 3-4 front with linebackers crashing off the edge was to utilize RB Maurice Jones-Drew as a receiver. The Jaguars average a measly 66.8 rushing yards per game, but with modest talent at wide receiver, sustaining drives when facing long third-down distances remains a struggle.
*Matchup to watch - Browns S T.J. Ward vs. Jones-Drew: Jones-Drew gained a season-high 84 rushing yards last season. Ward hits with a thud, but he's hyper-aggressive and can be dodged in the open field.
*Player spotlight - Browns WR Josh Gordon: There's nothing close to a lockdown cornerback in the defensive backfield of the Jaguars. Gordon, targeted 32 times in the past two games, is the top playmaker in the stadium Sunday and Weeden will give him the chance to continue toward a team record for receiving yards. He's averaging 109.7 yards receiving over nine games.
*Fast facts - Jacksonville has only 17 sacks this season after managing just 20 in 2012. ... Jacksonville and Cleveland were division rivals from 1995-2000.
In a pebble fight such as this, it's all about when you land the big one. The Browns will take more chances, giving Cleveland the edge at home.
*Our pick: Browns 22-16

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