FIRST ENERGY STADIUM, CLEVELAND, OHIO
CONCENSUS LINE: JAGUARS BY 8
STADIUM AND WEATHER INFO
Matchup to watch according to USA Today Sports Weekly:
Jaguars DE Calais Campbell vs. Browns LT Spencer Drango
Drango is making his third start since Pro Bowl LT Joe Thomas went down with a season-ending injury. Though Drango has held up thus far, the Browns haven’t faced an overall pass rush this good since losing Thomas, and they’re also likely to be without RT Shon Coleman (concussion).
Matchup to watch according to Browns Backers of North Jersey:
Browns QB DeShone Kizer vs. Jaguars Defense
DeShone Kizer has improved since earlier in the season and he is coming off his best game of the year. He is going up against one of the top defenses in the league and needs to keep mistakes at a minimum. This game will go a long way in determining if Kizer is a viable option for next year.
Who will win and why according to USA Today Sports Weekly:
This feels like the wrong matchup at the wrong time for the Browns. Their run defense is improved but showed some cracks last weekend, and their offensive line figures to be shorthanded against one of the league’s best defensive fronts. Throw in QB DeShone Kizer’s turnover issues and the Browns’ inconsistencies, and the Jaguars should be able to impose their will no matter how much the Browns stack the box.
JAGUARS- 24 BROWNS-9
Who will win and why according to Browns Backers of North Jersey:
The weather will affect the outcome in this game. Long range weather reports are predicting 35 degrees with snow showers and this weather could help the Browns. The running game for the Browns has improved and could be a key for them. If the Browns can run the ball and not turn it over, they have a chance. The Browns defense should stop the Jaguars running attack and force Blake Bortles into mistakes. The question is: Will it be enough? I don't think so. The Browns once again keep it close, but lose in the end.
Who will win according to Browns Backers of North Jersey President Steve Stavrenos:
2017 SEASON STANDINGS:
USA TODAY SPORTS WEEKLY: 8-1
BROWNS BACKERS OF NORTH JERSEY: 2-7
BROWNS BACKERS OF NORTH JERSEY PRESIDENT STEVE STAVRENOS: 1-8