Sunday, November 20, 2011
Wrap-up: Browns 14, Jaguars 10
By Jamison Hensley
Thoughts on the Browns-Jaguars game:
What it means: While it wasn't the most stylish of wins, the Browns ended their three-game losing streak as well as their two-game touchdown drought at home. Led by Colt McCoy, Cleveland had only two scoring drives, but both were impressive (going 87 and 85 yards). The Browns (4-6) remain in last place in the AFC North, trailing the Ravens and Steelers by three games.
Thumbs-up: McCoy. The Browns quarterback showed physical and mental toughness. He shook off an injury to his right shoulder in throwing 199 yards and the winning touchdown. His 3-yard touchdown pass to Josh Cribbs in the fourth quarter came after the drive where he threw an interception in the red zone.
Defensive stand: It's never easy for the Browns, and they needed to stop the Jaguars on five plays from the 5-yard line or closer. The final two plays of the game: Jason Hill dropped a pass in the end zone, and Mike Thomas couldn't reach the last throw.
Revving up the run game: Even though Montario Hardesty was scratched -- he was a game-time decision -- the Browns had great success against the 14th-ranked run defense. Chris Ogbonnaya rushed for a career-high 115 yards and scored on a 1-yard run, which ended a touchdown drought at home that lasted more than 158 minutes.
What's next: The Browns look to end their three-game road losing streak when they play at the Cincinnati Bengals.