The Jaguars will enter Cleveland with defensive line injuries as Terrance Knighton and Aaron Kampman…
First Score May Win on Sunday
The Jaguars rank 32nd in offensive yardage and 31st in points scored while the Browns are 30th in offensive yardage and 29th in points scored.
And both teams are 3-6 going into the game.
Both teams beat Indianapolis and lost to Cincinnati and Houston. The Jaguars did beat Tennessee while the Browns lost to the Titans.
One big difference is that Cleveland coach Pat Schumur is in his first season and starting a new program while coach Jack Del Rio of the Jaguars is in his ninth season and needs to rally to make the playoffs to keep his job.
The Jaguars are playing their third road game in a row although they had a bye after the first one and a victory would give them a 4-6 record going into next week's game with the Texans.
A victory over the Texans would leave them two games behind the Texans and give them a glimmer of hope, especially since the Texans have lost their quarterback, Matt Schaub, for the season.
Del Rio, though, isn't looking ahead. He's putting all of his focus on the Browns' game.
"The way we approach it is getting ourselves ready for the Cleveland Browns, and anything outside of preparation on the Browns this week right now is not productive for us," Del Rio said.
He then added, "But I encourage the fans to have at it and enjoy themselves, but for us as a football team, it's simple. We need to pour all of our energy into preparing for the Cleveland Browns and this opportunity to go up there and compete Sunday. I know it's cliche but we have to prepare and attack each opponent one game at a time. That's the only way it works. All of our energy has to be put into going up to Cleveland and somehow finding a way to get a win."
Looking at the Cleveland game, Del Rio said, "We're kind of similar squads in terms of we're both trying to find our rhythm offensively, both playing good defense, and so I think we're expecting a good battle."
The fact the Browns are No. 30 against the run and first against the pass plays to the Jaguars' strength. They like to run the ball because rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert is struggling.
But Del Rio insists the Browns don't look as bad as their statistics.
"When you look at the tape, it doesn't look like that to me," he said. "They've had a couple of runs just kind of pop (against them), but they have a strong front.
The Jaguars figure to test that run defense Sunday.
SERIES HISTORY: 14th regular-season meeting. Jaguars lead series, 9-4. This is the fourth year in a row the teams have met and the Browns won in 2008 at Jacksonville and at home in the 2009 season finale by the same 23-17 score. The Jaguars then won in Jacksonville last year by a 24-20 margin. The Jaguars had six turnovers on the day and turned it over five consecutive times in the second half and still won. Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 133 yards and added 87 more yards on three receptions.
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