Sunday, October 19th, 1:00 p.m.
Everbank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Kickoff temperature: 74 degrees, 0% chance of precipitation
Line: Browns by 6
The Jaguars are still on the hunt for that elusive first win of the season as they welcome the upstart Cleveland Browns to “The Bank.” Cleveland is one of the bigger surprises in the NFL as they’ve managed to play really good football behind Brian Hoyer and without Josh Gordon. Still, these are the Browns and this is a winnable game for Jacksonville.
Stats: Jaguars offense- 32nd Overall (23rd passing, 32nd rushing); 32nd scoring- 13.5 ppg.
Jaguars defense- 30th overall (30th passing, 18th rushing); 31st scoring- 30.8 ppg.
Browns offense- 10th overall (17th passing, 3rd rushing); T9th scoring- 26.8 ppg.
Browns defense- 29th overall (23rd passing, 30th rushing); T17th scoring- 23.0 ppg.
Keys To A Jaguars Victory
Establish the run. The Browns are one of the worst teams in football at stopping the run. Of course, the Jaguars are the worst in the NFL at running the ball. Something has to give and the Jaguars need to make it tilt in their favor.
Stop the run. Browns’ quarterback Brian Hoyer has been pretty good but he’s still a mostly unknown commodity. The Jaguars need to make the Browns win those one-on-one matchups on the outside and not let them run it down their throats as they did to Pittsburgh last week.
Help your quarterback. Blake Bortles played an unbelievably good game last week and he received almost no help from the rest of his team. He was plagued by drops, slips and fumbles. The Jags are going to need to play better if they’re going to beat a solid Cleveland Browns team.
Win first down. Jacksonville needs to make positive plays on first down and stay in front of the sticks. Blake Bortles has shown an ability to pick up third downs in makeable situations.
Stop Jordan Cameron. Jordan Cameron is the most talented offensive player the Browns have. The Jaguars must limit his production if they’re going to win.
What We’ll Be Saying On Monday
Blake Bortles did enough. Bortles has been improving each week and he did his part to win on the road last Sunday. We expect Bortles to put together another solid game.
The Jaguars stopped the run. The Jacksonville defense is improving and the should try and force the Browns to beat them through the air. It’s easier said than done, but that was the game plan last week and it was executed.
Look for a big game from Allen Robinson. Robinson is making the most of his reps and his targets as he appears to be the receiver that Blake Bortles trusts the most. Look for a continuing expanded role for Robinson.
Jordan Cameron scored. If the Jaguars are solely focused on stopping the Browns rushing attack there should be some space in the defense that Jordan Cameron can exploit. Look for that to happen.
They did it. The Jaguars aren’t going to lose all 16 games this season and Gus Bradley has them playing hard. With some changes on the offensive line for Cleveland combined with last week’s result, they are probably feeling pretty good about themselves. Nobody feels good about themselves long in this league.