Browns vs Jaguars Preview

After having two straight games at home, the Cleveland Browns will travel south to play the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road Sunday afternoon. The game will take place one week after the Browns lost on a last second play in overtime to the visiting New York Jets at home. The loss was disheartening for fans but the Browns will learn from the experience and take that with them to their game against Jacksonville.

During last week’s game, the Browns were down late in the game but managed to tie it up with a last second drive put together by Colt McCoy. McCoy has shown patience, development and great poise during the last few weeks and also confidence during that last drive. The Jets put a little more pressure on McCoy last week but he still managed to get that last drive and keep the Browns in the ball game.

Against the Jaguars defense, the Browns will have to provide lots of protection for McCoy and give him enough room to move about the pocket. After the Jets contained McCoy in the pocket, it reduced the number of long passes he was able t make and did not allow for running back Peyton Hillis to take control of any open holes. The Browns will have to open those holes back up to allow McCoy some more time to throw the ball and for Hillis to find open holes. Those were key factors in the Browns offense during their wins against the Saints and the Patriots and could be a good strategy against the Jaguars.

On defense, the Browns struggled last week against Jets running backs LaDanian Tomlinson and Shonn Green. It will not get any easier this week against Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew has been a vital part of the Jaguars offense and letting him have too many holes can turn the game quickly. Teams have found out the hard way what Jones-Drew can do and the Browns will not want to give up too many big plays to him. With linebacker Scott Fujita out, the Browns may have their hands full with plugging up the holes and the inside to make sure Jones-Drew does not get any good opportunities.

In terms of their passing game, Jaguars quarterback David Garrard can keep teams in games and will be looking for weak spots in the Browns secondary. Joe Haden and TJ Ward have improved and done well this season, however, their teammate Eric Wright will be a target downfield. Wright has given up many big plays this season and teams understand he can easily be beat. After giving up a big play to injured Jets receiver Jerricho Cotchery in overtime (Cotchery was limping on the play and still beat Wright), the Jaguars will want to throw the ball towards Wright’s direction.

The Browns have an opportunity to learn from last week’s mistakes but will have to do it on the road against a Jaguars team that will not be easy to take down.

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~ by jeffrsabo on November 20, 2010.

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