After beating the Los Angeles Chargers in overtime, in somewhat dramatic fashion, the Jaguars are now 6-3 for the first time since 2007. Next up on the chopping block is the 0-9 Cleveland Browns — a team that the Jaguars have had their way with in the past.
Cleveland has won just one game in its last 25 contests. But it’s important not to take NFL teams for granted, as each team is capable of winning and Cleveland may put up a better fight than many people anticipate.
Let’s review the series history between these two squads and see if there are any insights we can draw from it heading into the 2017 affair.
All-time regular season series record: Jaguars 11-5
Last Jaguars win: Oct. 19, 2014 (24-6)
Last Browns win: Nov. 20, 2011 (14-10)
Current Streak: Jaguars have won the past two games
Biggest Jaguars win: 48-0 (Dec. 3, 2007)
Biggest Browns win: 23-14 (Sept. 30, 2001)
Interesting takeaway: The Jaguars won the first six games in this series, and seven of the first eight.
Quick thoughts: The Jaguars have dominated the Browns. Jacksonville didn’t lose to Cleveland at all from the time of its inception in 1995 all the way through 2001. Now, of course if we want to get technical, Cleveland took a bit of a hiatus from 1996 through 1998 and moved its original franchise to Baltimore, but the Jaguars also didn’t lose to Baltimore until the 2000 season. But getting back to the point of this article, Jacksonville holds an 11-5 overall advantage against Cleveland and has only lost back-to-back to the Browns once (2008 and 2010 matchups). The Jaguars have won three of the past four meetings, while the Browns won the two meetings prior to that span.
Date: Oct. 19, 2014
Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville
Team Stats: Jaguars — 159 passing yards, 185 rushing yards, 20 first downs
Browns — 215 passing yards, 69 rushing yards, 13 first downs
Quick recap: The Jags fell into a 6-0 hole early via two Billy Cundiff field goals, but scored 24 unanswered points from there to beat Cleveland by 18. Blake Bortles threw three picks (surprise, surprise), but Jacksonville forced three total turnovers of its own. The Jags intercepted Brian Hoyer once, and Telvin Smith strip sacked Hoyer as well. LaRoy Reynolds added a fumble recovery on special teams. Denard Robinson, of all people, went off for 122 yards and a touchdown. Jacksonville held Cleveland to just 13 first downs and out-gained the Browns on the ground by 116 yards.
Date: Dec. 1, 2013
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland
Team Stats: Jaguars — 203 passing yards, 112 rushing yards, 22 first downs
Browns— 300 passing yards, 79 rushing yards, 24 first downs
Quick recap: Fun fact: Maurice Jones-Drew threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis in this game — one of two passes he attempted in his career and his only completion. Chad Henne played somewhat poorly with just a 55 percent completion rating and a pick, but he was able to find the end zone twice. The defense came up big once again, picking off Brandon Weeden twice and forcing him to fumble twice (recovering one). Three Josh Scobee field goals and a safety helped Jacksonville pull of the win.
Through the Decades
1990s: Jaguars 4-0
2000-2010: Jaguars 5-4
2011-Present: Jaguars 2-1
Quick thoughts: Jacksonville has the advantage over Cleveland in each decade thus far. The Jaguars dominated the Browns in the 1990s, and while Cleveland put up more of a fight from 2000 through 2010, Jacksonville still walked away from that period with more victories. The Jaguars also still have the advantage since 2011, but Cleveland has closed the game. The series is 7-5 since 2000 and eight of the last nine contests were decided by six points or less.
So, what do we know about this year’s game? We know the Jaguars are a much improved team, while Cleveland is now the only winless team in the NFL. We know Jacksonville has controlled this series with relative ease. But we also know that Cleveland has made it competitive the last several contests. The 2017 matchup has all of the makings of a “trap game.”
Jacksonville needs to be careful not to overlook a Cleveland team that has played more competitively than its record shows. It’s never a good idea to go into a road game in a hostile environment (Cleveland fans must be amongst the most loyal fans in the league) just thinking you can show up and win.
I already have a pretty good idea of how this poll is going to go, but let’s do it anyways. Does Cleveland stand a chance in this game?
Will the Cleveland Browns upset the Jacksonville Jaguars?
This poll is closed