Browns Fall Flat In Jacksonville; Fall to 0-6 Jaguars 24-6

Cleveland Browns v Jacksonville Jaguars

A week after a 21-point win over the rivals, the Browns laid a huge egg on Sunday, losing to the formerly winless Jacksonville Jaguars 24-6 to fall to 3-3 on the season.

The Browns offense was terrible, with Brian Hoyer having his worst day of the year, going 16 of 41 for 215 yards, throwing a late pick which sealed the win for Jacksonville after they went up 17-6.

The running game was weak as well for the Browns, as they ran 30 times for 69 yards, including 36 by Ben Tate.

The run defense continues to be an issue for the Browns, as the Jags ran for 185 yards on 35 carries, with Denard Robinson running for a career-high 127 yards and a touchdown.

The loss hurt in so many ways, as the Browns not only lost to a team without a win, but couldn’t take advantage of three Blake Bortles picks.

Leading 6-0, the Browns went for it on a fourth down deep in Jags territory, and failed, turning the tide totally. The Jags hit a could big pass plays, and scored on a passing TD from Bortles to fellow rookie Allen Robinson for a 31-yard score to take a 7-6 lead at the half.

The second half was a complete disaster for the Browns, as they couldn’t get anything going on offense, and eventually the Jags offense was able to put the game away after Jordan Poyer fumbled a punt deep in Browns territory.

The Browns will play the Raiders at home next Sunday at 4:25pm.

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Cleveland Browns v Jacksonville Jaguars 12-1-2013

Browns vs Jaguars NFL Week Seven Capsule



STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Pettine: 0-0 Bradley 1-0
LAST WEEK W 31-10 vs. Steelers L 16-14 at Titans
LAST GAME 12/1/13: Jaguars 32 at Browns 28. Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew rushes for 77 yards & throws 8-yard TD pass. Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts adds 64 receiving yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/10: Jaguars 24, Browns 20. Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew rushes for 133 yards & TD. Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis has 5 catches for 66 yards & TD.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 140 (Cle.), 127 (Jax.). XM: 227 (Jax.).


PASSING Hoyer: 90-149-1224-7-1-99.5 Bortles (R): 97-143-1004-4-7-76.8
RUSHING Tate: 53-243-4.6-2 Gerhart: 48-123-2.6-1
RECEIVING Hawkins: 24-270-11.3-0
  1. Robinson (R): 30-311-10.4-0
OFFENSE 383.2 290.0
DEFENSE 409.2 411.2
SACKS 3 tied: 2 Branch, Clemons: 3
INTs Gipson: 2 (T1C) Ball: 1
PUNTING Lanning: 43.7 Anger: 47.3
KICKING Cundiff: 36 (15/15 PAT; 7/9 FG) Scobee: 27 (9/9 PAT; 6/9 FG)


BROWNS: In 8 starts with Browns, QB BRIAN HOYER is 6-2 with 1,839 pass yards & 12 TDs vs. 4 INTs with 92.9 rating. Had 217 pass yards & 113 rating last week & aims for 4th in row with 97+ rating…Browns lead AFC in rushing (146.4 yards per game) & are only NFL team to have 2 rookies with 200+ rush yards – RBs ISAIAH CROWELL (237) & TERRANCE WEST (235). Crowell had career-high 77 rush yards & TD vs. Pit. Leads NFL rookies with 4 rush TDs. Last week, RB BEN TATE rushed for season-high 2 TDs & 78 yards. Has 202 rush yards & 2 TDs in past 2…Last week, TE JORDAN CAMERON led team with 3 catches for 102 yards (34 avg.), including 51-yard TD. In only career meeting (10/31/10 with Cowboys), WR MILES AUSTIN had 7 catches for 117 yards (16.7 avg.)…LB KARLOS DANSBY leads team with 42 tackles. Since 2007, is only NFL player with 20+ sacks (23) & 12+ INTs (12). In 2 career meetings, LB JABAAL SHEARD has 2 sacks & FF. Aims for 3rd in row with sack vs. Jax. CB JOE HADEN has INT in 2 of 3 career meetings. CB BUSTER SKRINE had 1st INT of season last week…JAGUARS: Last week, rookie QB BLAKE BORTLES (No. 3 overall) passed for career-high 336 yards with 1 TD for 88.7 rating. Has 106 rush yards on 16 att. (6.6 avg.)…Rookie RB STORM JOHNSON (Round 7, No. 222 overall) made 1st career NFL start vs. Titans & scored 1st career rush TD…Jags are only NFL team this season with 2 rookies with 250+ receiving yards each (WRs ALLEN HURNS & ALLEN ROBINSON). Robinson had 8 catches for 68 yards last week. Has 311 rec. yards, tied for 1st among AFC rookies (SAMMY WATKINS). Hurns has 3 TD receptions, most among AFC rookies. WR CECIL SHORTS III led team with 10 catches for 103 yards last week. Had 64 receiving yards & TD catch in only career meeting…Defense has 19 sacks, tied for 2nd most in NFL…LB PAUL POSLUSZNY leads AFC with 57 tackles. DE CHRIS CLEMONS aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in last meeting (10/23/11 with Sea.). CB WILL BLACKMON had sack & FF last week.

Browns Dominate Steelers 31-10 to Move To 3-2; Lose Mack and Bryant

Pittsburgh Steelers v Cleveland Browns


A week after their biggest all-time comeback, the Browns did it the easy way on Sunday, picking apart a team that they have had some of their toughest losses to over the years, the Steelers.

The Browns, after a shaky first quarter, dominated the Steelers, 31-10, doing it with big plays as well as a defense that stopped the Steelers three times inside the Browns 20.

It was special,” OT Joe Thomas said. “I’ve been on the other end of this rivalry when we lose by three scores so many times.

“I’ve been through the hell of getting our butts kicked. It felt really good to finally be on the other end of it. It was a family win.”

Brian Hoyer threw for 217 yards, even through he hit on only 8 passes. Jordan Cameron went over 100 yards receiving, including a 51-yard touchdown.

Not everything went great for the Browns, as with already a banged up group, the team lost Pro Bowl center Alex Mack with a broken leg, and what appears to be a season-ending injury to DE Armonty Bryant.

In the end though, the team will take the win, and now at 3-2, will move on to play the winless Jaguars Sunday in Florida.

The next three teams the Browns play are a combined 1-13.

Steelers vs Browns Wednesday Injury Report


Practice Report



DE Brett Keisel (not injury related), TE Heath Miller (not injury related), S Michael Mitchell (not injury related), S Troy Polamalu (not injury related), LB Ryan Shazier (knee), CB Ivan Taylor (forearm), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)


Practice Report



DE Phillip Taylor (knee)



CB Joe Haden (hip), LB Eric Martin (not injury related), T Joe Thomas (not injury related), DE Billy Winn (quadricep)



TE Jordan Cameron (ankle, shoulder), S Tashaun Gipson (shoulder), G John Greco (knee), LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), CB Buster Skrine (thumb), RB Ben Tate (finger)

Poll: Sunday AFC North Matchup – Steelers or Browns?

Cleveland Browns v Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL Week 6 Capsule – Steelers At Browns



COACHES VS. OPP. Tomlin: 13-2 Pettine: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 17-9 at Jaguars W 29-28 at Titans
LAST GAME 9/7/14: Browns 27 at Steelers 30. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger passes for 365 yards & TD. Steelers K Shaun Suisham converts game-winning 41-yard FG as time expires.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/24/13: Steelers 27, Browns 11. Steelers WR Antonio Brown has 6 catches for 92 yards, including 41-yard TD. Pittsburgh CB William Gay has 21-yard INT-TD, sack & FF.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 132 (Pit.), 108 (Cle.). XM: 226 (Cle.).


PASSING Roethlisberger: 122-177-1365 (3C)-7-2-100.1 Hoyer: 82-132-1008-6-1-97.7
RUSHING Bell: 87-460 (1C)-5.3-1 West (R): 54-235-4.4-2
  1. Brown: 34 (1C)-511 (1C)-15.0-5 (T3L)
Hawkins: 24-271-11.3-0
OFFENSE 404.0 (2C) 387.0
DEFENSE 330.8 421.8
SACKS Heyward: 2 Kruger, Sheard: 2
  1. Allen: 2 (T1C)
Gipson: 2 (T1C)
PUNTING Wing: 43.5 Lanning: 44.7
KICKING Suisham: 42 (12/12 PAT; 10/11 FG) Cundiff: 29 (11/11 PAT; 6/8 FG)


STEELERS: QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 18-1 (.947) career record vs. Cle., best of any NFL QB vs. 1 team since at least 1970 (min. 15 starts), passing for 4,367 & 28 TDs vs. 13 INTs for 97.7 rating. Has posted 100+ rating in 4 of 5 overall. Steelers are 53-7 (.883) when he posts 100+ rating…RB LE’VEON BELL leads AFC with 688 scrimmage yards (460 rush, 228 rec.). Aims for 6th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. In 3 career meetings, has 391 scrimmage yards (130.3 per game). RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT had TD in last meeting…WR ANTONIO BROWN has TD in 3 of past 4 vs. Cle. Has 5+ catches & 50+ yards in 21 consecutive games, longest such streak in NFL history. WR MARKUS WHEATON had 6 catches for 97 yards (16.2 avg.) in last meeting, both career-highs. TE HEATH MILLER has 5 career TDs vs. Cle., 2nd-most vs. any opponent (Bal.). Last week, TE MICHAEL PALMER scored TD on 1st catch of season… LB JASON WORILDS has 6 sacks in past 7 on road, including 1 vs. Jax. LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS leads team with 41 tackles…BROWNS: Overcame 25-point deficit last week, largest comeback win by road team in NFL history…In 7 starts with Cle., QB BRIAN HOYER is 5-2 with 1,623 pass yards & 11 TDs vs. 4 INTs with 91.3 rating. Last week, threw 1st INT in 189 att., longest streak of any Browns QB since BERNIE KOSAR in 1990-91 (308)…Last week, RB BEN TATE rushed for career-high 123 yards on 22 att. (5.6 avg.). RB TERRANCE WEST (Round 3, No. 94 overall) leads NFL rookies with 235 rush yards & has rush TD in 2 of past 3. RB ISIAH CROWELL (undrafted) leads NFL rookies with 3 rush TDs & has 160 rush yards on 33 att. (4.8 avg.)…WR TRAVIS BENJAMIN had career-high 2 TD catches last week, both in 4th qtr., including game-winning 6-yarder with 1:09 remaining. WR MILES AUSTIN has TD in 2 of past 3…In SB XLIII vs. Pit. (w/ Az.), LB KARLOS DANSBY had INT & 8 tackles. Since 2007, is only NFL player with 20+ sacks (22) & 12+ INTs (12), including INT in last meeting. Rookie CB K’ WUAN WILLIAMS (undrafted) had 1st career sack last week vs. Titans.

Three Takeaways From The Browns Win Over the Titans

Cleveland Browns v Tennessee Titans

1. More Issues Out of the Gate – The Browns in their two road games this season have been outscored in the first half 55-6 by the Steelers and Titans. There’s no excuse for the defense to be gashed early in games, more so on the road, than they have been. The Browns have to find ways early in games to get off to a better start – home or on the road. They might want to change things around in practice this week to try and be more fresh when they take the field Sunday at home vs the Steelers.

2. Hoyer Makes The Most of a Bad Situation – There’s no denying that Brian Hoyer is the leader of this football team right now, and his ability over the first four weeks to lead this team back in games is the reason they are 2-2 as opposed to 1-3 or even 0-4. He was hit hard more than once, and yet got up each time and got back in the huddle then came out and made plays. 292 yards and another huge comeback for Hoyer, a player who just seems to find ways, which is great for a team with a defense struggling.

3. Special Teams Show Improvement – From Tank Carder blocking a punt when the punt block wasn’t on, to finally a day of long snaps that were just fine, the special teams did something positive. On the negative side, Travis Benjamin muffed a punt, but was bailed out when it was nullified by penalty. It’s been an adventure for this unit over the first four games, but Sunday it was finally a positive as opposed to a negative.