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Week 11 Game Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars 19, Cleveland Browns 7
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The Jaguars offense moved the ball well to start the game, but this was not sustained. Due to poor blocking, drops, and anemic quarterback play, the Jaguars offense had two scoring drives on the entire day, and yet again had to be bailed out at the end of the game by their defense.
On a cold, windy, snowy day in Cleveland, the Browns were able to hang with the Jacksonville Jaguars until the end of the fourth quarter. Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer
continued to struggle with turnovers, throwing two interceptions and losing two fumbles. He fumbled a third time but was able to recover it on his own. In what is a slight ray of hope for the Browns faithful, Corey Coleman
looked good in his return to action after being sidelined since Week 2 with a broken hand. He fared well against an elite Jaguars secondary that boasts lockdown corners Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. The Cleveland defense played well but they lost starters Emmanuel Ogbah and Jamie Meder to injuries.
|QB Blake Bortles, 78 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 30 - 154 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 4 - 0|
Bortles was absolutely dreadful in Cleveland. He was able to do some of the easy stuff -- like hit Marqise Lee
on shallow crosses -- but other than that he held back the Jaguars offense. His lone touchdown came on a play action pass to a wide open tight end, and other than that play he was inefficient on third down. He dropped his eyes to pressure and was careless with the football, almost throwing several interceptions and losing one fumble. His best pass on the day came on a go route to Marqise Lee
in the fourth quarter. He placed the ball perfectly for Lee on third down but Lee would end up dropping the pass.
|RB Leonard Fournette, 52 offensive snaps, Rush: 28 - 111 - 0, Rec: 2 - 7 - 0 (3 targets)|
Fournette was used as a battering ram for the Jaguars offense. His 33-yard run, which he was able to execute because of his vision to bounce outside after the hole was clogged and then his speed to beat the linebackers angles, was one of the Jaguars two only explosive plays on the day. He was the first back to run for over 100 yards on the Browns this season, and he did so because he looked like he was in better condition injury wise compared to last week. He had better burst inside and finish on his runs and his frequently used spin move was more effective.
Ivory only got six carries because he was battling an illness, but he was ineffective on each of them, though it was simply because there was not enough blocking room for him and he is not athletic enough to create for himself like Fournette is.
|RB T.J. Yeldon, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 15 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (2 targets)|
Yeldon got a ton of snaps on third downs, and even got two third-down carries, but he showed the same unreliability he has always show by fumbling the ball for the third time in only four games. He shows a more burst to the outside than Fournette does but he continues to be average as a runner when it comes to strength and vision. He was mostly ineffective on the day.
|WR Marqise Lee, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 45 - 0 (9 targets)|
Lee had two big catches on third downs that he turned into first downs. Each game on a shallow crosser that relied on him to get RAC and move the chains. Outside of this facet of the game, Lee did not impress. He dropped a surprisingly accurate Blake Bortles
deep pass that could have ended the game without having to rely on the defense to get a stop. His inability to be a consistent target down the field continues to hurt the offense.
|WR Keelan Cole, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 24 - 0 (6 targets)|
Cole got a first down on the first drive of the game, thanks to his ability to pick up yards after the catch. He is used as the Jaguars intermediate wideout, especially with Allen Hurns
hurt, but Bortles did not look his way very often on Sunday.
Westbrook had a diving catch to the tune of 28 yards during his first NFL game. His speed was evident from the first snap he played and he simply made more plays for the Jaguars than their current wideouts have as of late. The best example was on an incorrectly ruled no-catch, where Westbrook extended vertically for an errant Bortles pass and then was able to get two feet in bounds. He did have one bad drop that was because he did not secure the ball, and he fumbled out of bounds one time as well.
|QB DeShone Kizer, 55 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 32 - 179 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 5 - 22 - 0|
Kizer took a huge step backward after he played one of his best games of the season in the previous week against the Detroit Lions. He fumbled three times, losing two of them. The final fumble resulted in a defensive touchdown for the Jaguars which put what was a one-score game out of reach. In what has been an ongoing issue this season, Kizer struggled with his accuracy. When he was on point with his passes, his receiving corps did him no favors by dropping several catchable balls. Kizer's lone touchdown came on a pretty throw down the middle of the field to Duke Johnson
. He showed excellent touch in hitting Johnson in stride near the goal line for a 27-yard score. His first interception came in the first quarter when he locked onto Corey Coleman
. Telvin Smith read his eyes and easily picked the low pass. Kizer's second interception came in the fourth quarter when a throw sailed on him. A.J. Bouye was there to make the interception. The play was reviewed and it appeared the ball may have hit the ground as Bouye fell but the interception call was upheld. Things fell apart quickly in the fourth quarter as Kizer had two consecutive possessions end with him losing a fumble on a strip sack. The second fumble lost resulted in a defensive touchdown for the Jacksonville defense.
It was a forgettable afternoon for Crowell as he was routinely stuffed at or near the line of scrimmage. His longest run of the day went for five yards and came on the very first play of the game. It was all downhill from there for the fourth-year running back. The windy, snowy weather conditions in Cleveland made this game seem like a perfect chance to feed Crowell early and often but Cleveland simply couldn't get anything going on the ground.
|RB Duke Johnson, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 10 - 0, Rec: 4 - 56 - 1 (6 targets)|
Johnson was one of the few bright spots for a Browns offense that simply couldn't get much going against an exceptional Jacksonville defense. While he was hardly used in the running game, Johnson made his mark in the Cleveland passing attack. His 27-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was Cleveland's only score of the game. On the play, he motioned out of the backfield over to the slot. He caught a perfectly-thrown pass near the end zone and was able to squeeze between two defenders for the score. Later, in the fourth quarter, Johnson tacked on a 21-yard reception. The play would have gone for little to no gain but Johnson was able to juke the first defender for an evaded tackle before racing down the sideline for a big gain.
|WR Corey Coleman, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 80 - 0 (11 targets)|
Coleman made his first appearance on the field since breaking his hand back in Week 2. He looked excellent, leading the Browns in targets, receptions, and yardage against an elite Jaguars secondary. He did most of his damage on short and intermediate routes but his presence instantly injected some life into a Cleveland receiving corps that had been struggling throughout the season. Kizer looked Coleman's way early and often, which bodes well for Coleman's rest of season outlook, especially in less foreboding matchups.
|WR Kenny Britt, 20 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 5 - 0 (2 targets)|
Britt wasn't even heard from until he caught two short passes in succession during the fourth quarter. Britt failed to do much while Corey Coleman
was sidelined with a broken hand. With Coleman back now, Britt will become an afterthought in the Cleveland offense.
|TE David Njoku, 21 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 13 - 0 (1 targets)|
It was a quiet game for Njoku, who caught his lone target for 13 yards. He did show his elite athleticism on the play as he leaped high into the air to catch what was a high pass.
|TE Seth DeValve, 33 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (3 targets)|
DeValve made just one catch in the game but he was targeted near the end zone in the fourth quarter. It appeared he had a chance to make the catch before Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey leaped up and knocked the ball down at the last moment.