Jags Try to Make Amends on Sunday
Showing little interest in playing at a high level, the Jaguars appeared to go through the motions in a 23-17 loss to the Browns that wasn't as close as the score sounded.
The Browns had a 20-3 lead after three quarters before the Jaguars scored a pair of touchdowns. The Browns also threw only 11 passes while rushing for 214 yards.
Cleveland comes to Jacksonville on Sunday, and last year's game is on the Jaguars' mind.
Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton suggested the Jaguars did pack it in.
"A little bit," he said. "I think so."
Of the way the Browns ran at them, Knighton said, "That's like a slap in the face. Basically, you're saying, 'You can't stop us, and you know it's coming.' They didn't have anything to play for, and they went out like professionals and tried to win the game. That's what you have to do in this league. (The Jaguars' showing) sends a bad message to the city of Jacksonville, ownership and the coaches that you don't really care that day."
Knighton said that game has been in the back of his mind, and he vows there won't be a repeat.
"As long as I'm on this front, we won't be outphysicalled again," he said.
Knighton said the idea is to "play better and be a professional and (don't) go out there not trying to win. When you do things like that, some guys get hurt."
Coach Jack Del Rio disagreed that the team packed it in.
"That's not accurate," he said. "I thought our guys fought hard. I think they just out-hit us and outplayed us," he said.
Del Rio, though, conceded that general manager Gene Smith was unhappy with the performance.
"I think that really probably got under Gene's skin more than anybody. He made that very clear, not only last year, throughout the offseason and again recently. So clearly, he's got an issue with it. They took it to us pretty good," Del Rio said.
Smith declined to comment.
The Jaguars held the Texans' running game to 81 yards on 21 carries last week and will see if they can do an encore performance against the Browns.
SERIES HISTORY: 21st regular-season meeting. Jaguars lead series, 11-9. The Browns have won three of the last four, including a 23-17 victory over the Jaguars in last year's season finale, when they ran for 214 yards in 16-degree weather while throwing only 11 passes.
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