32 degrees/Light Snow and Rain
- The Browns defense played well enough to win, but for the tenth time this season, they didn’t. The Browns defensively made Jaguars QB Blake Bortles play fast. The Cleveland defense made the most adjustments in the game as they shut down the Jaguars offense after a strong start by the Jaguars offense.
- The Jaguars started the game off strong on offense as they ran the ball well and used play action passes to move the ball down the field and find the end zone. However, the Browns shut them down. The Jaguars offense stagnated after the first quarter as they tried too many different things on offense in the second quarter such as a Blake Bortles RPO (run pass option) that stalled drives. They were not able to get the running game going again after this lull.
- The Jaguars defense stepped up, especially late in the game and stopped the Browns offense. They got to Browns QB Deshone Kizer throughout the game and disrupted the Browns passing game. Duke Johnson and Corey Coleman were well utilized throughout the game.
- Key Decision #1: Up 7-0 with 6:54 remaining in the first quarter, the Jaguars recovered an onside kick attempt. However an offsides penalty by a rookie linebacker cost them possession and they had to re-kick. This was a curious decision in a game where field possession would be at a premium due to worsening weather conditions.
- Key Decision #2: Towards the end of the first half, Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone attempted a 4th down conversion on 4th and 1 at the Cleveland 49-yard line. It was successful and the Jaguars drove down to attempt a field goal that they missed.
- Key Decision #3: Cleveland for the second week in a row made a questionable call at the end of the first half. After the Browns missed FG attempt, the Browns took over at their own 31 with 27 seconds remaining and two timeouts remaining. They decided to go into the half down 10-7. They didn’t even attempt a play to see what type of progress they could make.
- Key Decision #4: The Jaguars had the ball and a new set of downs with 1:48 remaining in the game. Cleveland had managed to save all their timeouts and use them on defense prior to Jacksonville punting to be able to give themselves an opportunity to mount a comeback.