Brownies Are No Piece of Cake for Jaguars

On paper the Jacksonville Jaguars should win Sunday's game with relative ease. The visiting Cleveland Browns have a 2-4 record and have the 30th ranked offense in the NFL. On top of that, Cleveland ranks 26th against the run and those matchups should mean disaster for the team wearing orange and brown. Vegas says the Jaguars are seven point favorites.

Unfortunately for the Jaguars, games are not played on paper and the Browns may be slightly better than their 2-4 record. Even if they're not, their record is only one game behind the Jaguars, and Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio knows that he can't take Cleveland lightly.

"We've both been in and lost some close games," Del Rio said. "I think some of the things you can't ignore when you look at them, one, they're third in the league in turnover margin which is a real good thing, two, their performance against the defending Super Bowl champions was a very convincing thing against a real good football team."

The Browns 30th ranked offense will be without one of their most talented and outspoken players in tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr., who was suspended by the team for comments following Sunday's game criticizing the organization.

One player that could make a big difference in Sunday's game for Cleveland is wide receiver Braylon Edwards. Edwards is a legitimate deep threat who can also go over the middle of the football field and make plays. Edwards has struggled with drops this season, but he still is a player that the Jaguars must game-plan against.

"They have a very good player in Braylon," Del Rio said. "He's a big, tall, athletic wide receiver who can make some big plays, big catches. So yeah, he's one of those guys who you have to gear up for and be ready to play."

Del Rio believes that his corners match up well against some of the more physical wide receivers, despite giving up some big plays already this year.

"We've got some good size corners, that's one thing that we have consciously sought, guys like Rashean (Mathis) and Brian (Williams) and Drayton (Florence) that are all good size guys that match up a little better, but it's still a heck of a challenge when you play those big, strong, physical guys."

The Jaguars will likely also have to play without their most productive wide receiver, Matt Jones, who was suspended by the league for a violation of the personal conduct policy. We have already discussed what Jacksonville will likely do in his absence: CLICK HERE FOR STORY

The only real difference in the Browns offense which was one of the most explosive in the league a year ago has been the lackluster play of quarterback Derek Anderson, who threw 29 TD passes a year ago, but has just six in six games this season. Anderson has completed fewer than 50% of his passes for just 989 yards, 6 TD's/6 INT's, and one of the league's worst quarterback ratings of 62.9. There are plenty of rumblings about Anderson's job security being that former first-round pick Brady Quinn seems to be looming over his shoulder.

"I think you always prepare and understand who the backup (quarterback) is," said Jack Del Rio. "From our standpoint there is a lot more film to see Anderson so we're preparing as though he's the starter, but we're always aware of who the backup is and what things they may want to do within their system to utilize that person."

If Anderson continues to struggle, don't be surprised if Brady Quinn gets some second half reps, which is yet another thing that the Jaguars must be concerned about Sunday.


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