1:00 P.M. KICK-OFF
DANNY SHERIDAN'S LINE: BROWNS BY 6.5
STADIUM AND WEATHER INFO
BROWNS POWER RANKINGS
ESPN: 14th (LAST WEEK: 14th)
In one year, the Browns have gone from having one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL to boasting one of its best. Cleveland, in fact, is top 10 in the league in both pass block and run block win rate. With the additions of Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills Jr. at tackle and the emergence of Wyatt Teller at guard, the Browns have no weaknesses up front. And the offensive line has been a driving force behind Cleveland's turnaround.
NFL: 14th (LAST WEEK: 15th)
Cleveland is not the place for pretty football this season, but who's going to argue with the results? The Browns are off to their best start through 10 games since 1994, and they beat the Eagles on Sunday without their most important player. Myles Garrett was inactive after being moved to the COVID-19 list on Friday, but Cleveland's defense still made life miserable for Carson Wentz in a 22-17 win. Sione Takitaki put the Browns on the board with a pick-six, and Olivier Vernon's third sack of the day put two points on the board. One troubling subplot to watch: The Browns have scored only two offensive touchdowns in their past three games. In defense of bad offense, the unending cycle of miserable weather in Cleveland on football Sundays has not helped. Can't you move this stuff to Pittsburgh, Mother Nature?
BLEACHER REPORT: 15th (LAST WEEK: 15th)
The Cleveland Browns were dealt a big blow ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles when star edge-rusher Myles Garrett tested positive for COVID-19. But you couldn't tell the NFL's sack leader was absent on the field in Week 11—Cleveland's defense harassed Carson Wentz all afternoon, sacking him five times and forcing three turnovers.
Head coach Kevin Stefanski talked up the way the defense rose to the occasion against Philadelphia.
"With Myles out, we were counting on those guys to step up," Stefanski said. "OV [Olivier Vernon], he did it today. We are counting on him. I told him that."
The Browns got another big game from running back Nick Chubb, who carried the ball 20 times for 114 yards. Baker Mayfield was far from perfect, but for the most part he avoided the kinds of mistakes the Browns can't afford.
Cleveland isn't a team without flaws. The Browns are 1-3 against teams with winning records with a point differential in those games of minus-64.
But at 7-3, the Browns are in the thick of the playoff race. And with the one-win Jaguars next up, the Browns have an excellent shot at notching their first season of .500 or better football since 2007.
USA TODAY SPORTS WEEKLY: 15th (LAST WEEK: 15th)
Cleveland can become the first franchise with two pairs of single-season 1,000-yard rushers. RBs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt with a great shot to join the 1985 duo of Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner.
BROWNS POSITION FANTASY RANKINGS-GAME 11
Quarterback: Baker Mayfield-22nd
Running Backs: Nick Chubb: 11th; Kareem Hunt-16th
Wide Receivers: Jarvis Landry-27th
Tight Ends: Austin Hooper-8th
Kickers: Cody Parkey-22nd
JAGUARS FANTASY RANKINGS
Quarterback: None Listed
Running Backs: James Robinson-14th
Wide Receivers: D.J. Chark-41st
Tight Ends: None Listed
Kickers: None Listed
Jaguars Keys to Victory:
Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden can't let this game end without RB James Robinson getting 20 carries or more because QBs Jake Luton (and Gardner Minshew II ) have had big-time struggles in the pocket. Luton was pounded in the pocket in Week 11 against the Steelers. When the Jags do throw the ball, the quick passing game will be the answer because Luton and Minshew thrive when in a rhythm and the ball is coming out of their hands quickly. On defense, the Jags have questions on the edge and are going to have to rely heavily on their interior pass rush.
Browns Keys to Victory:
They entered Week 11 ranked third in the NFL in rushing, putting them in position to successfully pound the ball against a Jags defense No. 25 in the category. RBs Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb have combined for 1,219 yards and nine TDs on the ground. If Hunt and Chubb can establish themselves, the rest should be a breeze for QB Baker May.eld as the Jags' secondary is severely wounded. Defensively, DE Myles Garrett needs to make his presence known early, rattling Jacksonville's quarterbacks.
Matchup to watch according to USA Today Sports Weekly:
Browns RB Nick Chubb vs. Jaguars LB Myles Jack
If Jack can minimize the impact of Chubb and force Cleveland to rely more on its nondescript passing game, the Jags can stick around and pull off an upset.
Matchup to watch according to Browns Backers of North Jersey:
Browns Front 7 vs. RB James Robinson
The Jaguars are starting Mike "Scott" Glennon at QB this week. Look for the Jaguars to hand the ball off to James Robinson to get their running game going. The Browns without Myles Garrett, Sione TakiTaki and Denzel Ward need to stop the run and force Glennon to pass.
Who will win and why according to USA Today Sports Weekly:
The Jags, who already were dealing with injuries, limped out of Week 11. Cleveland could see a lot of reserves and should come away with its third win in a row.
Who will win and why according to Browns Backers of North Jersey:
The Browns defense is down 3 starting players, but the backup players should be able to hold down the Jaguars offense. The Browns should be able to run the ball and control the clock. Look for Baker Mayfield to hit on some deep passes downfield.
Who will win according
to Browns Backers of North Jersey President Steve Stavrenos:
2020 SEASON STANDINGS:
USA TODAY SPORTS WEEKLY: 8-2
BROWNS BACKERS OF NORTH
BROWNS BACKERS OF NORTH JERSEY PRESIDENT STEVE STAVRENOS: 7-3