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Sunday, October 26, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Browns 23, Jaguars 17

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Five touches.

As the result of the Browns-Jaguars game hung in the air, Matt Jones got five touches on a 26-yard could-be touchdown pass from David Garrard as he reached over defensive back Brandon McDonald.

Before Jones could get a sixth touch and corral the throw on the second-to-last play of the game, Nick Sorensen arrived and the ball bounced away off his helmet. (See it at the end of the highlight package here.)

Upset losers to Cleveland, Jacksonville now stands at 3-4.

They were supposed to get their running game going against the Browns, but Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew combined for only 53 yards and neither had a run longer than five yards. Jacksonville's success on the ground came when Garrard kept the ball -- he had seven carries for 59 yards.

The Jags have run for at least 139 yards in their three wins and Cleveland came into the game as the NFL's 26th-ranked rush defense. But Jacksonville totaled only 113 ground yards.

It was not the scenario the Jaguars were hoping for coming off their bye for a game where they expected to refortify their offensive line by plugging in center Brad Meester and right guard Chris Naeole, both coming off injuries. Meester played, but it was a bad omen when Naeole was scratched after he injured his hand in warm-ups.

Cleveland nose tackle Shaun Rogers was a real trouble-maker against the middle of the Jaguars' line, with a team-high nine tackles, a sack and a blocked field goal.