Browns Blow It in Jacksonville, Lose 24-20

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 21: Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns rushes during a game agaisnt the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 21, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Teams that turn the ball over as much as the Jacksonville Jaguars did on Sunday win about five percent of the time. One of those rare occasions was Sunday, as the Jaguars beat the Browns 24-20.

The blame for this loss can be passed to all aspects of the team, including the defense. Even after forcing six turnovers, including a stretch of five consecutive turnovers in the second half, Maurice Jones-Drew was able to waltz his way to a 75-yard catch that started as just a screen, setting up the final go-ahead touchdown for Jacksonville.

And the worst thing about this loss?

Quarterback Colt McCoy left the stadium in a walking boot after injuring his ankle in the second half. On the Browns’ drive to take a 20-17 lead late in the fourth quarter, McCoy came up limping after originally injuring the ankle earlier in the half. It could be that dreaded high ankle sprain, but everyone is hoping that it’s

Or maybe the worst part about this loss is the offense in general. The Browns could only muster ten points off six turnovers, as the offense returned to its pedantic roots. Unimaginative and far too reliant on Peyton Hillis, the offense could get nothing going against one of the more porous defenses in the NFL. Those six turnovers were also offset by the six sacks that the Browns gave up, which kept McCoy on the run for most of the day.

No, the worst part about this loss is the fact that they have lost five of their six games that have been decided by seven points or less. It is still evident that the Browns have a glaring lack of playmakers at the wide receiver position and will occasionally slip into the offensive troubles that plagued them earlier in the season.

Six turnovers and yet another late-game scoring drive engineered by a rookie quarterback are signs of the good things to come. But until the Browns get there, fans will have to endure growing pains such as these. As the team gets better, they will figure out how to win close games, but to be so tantalizingly close to five wins won’t do much to keep fans from playing the “if only” game.

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  • Former Horn

    I saw Colt play for the University of Texas. He played with courage and intelligence his four years. He played with the flu and through injuries. The rest of the team looked to the kid for leadership and he delivered. He should have won the Heisman. Good luck Browns!

  • Clayton

    That massive run by MJD was enough to make me lose my lunch (liquid, albeit).

    My mood was only slightly brightened last night when, during the MNF telecast, ESPN showed all the players lost by the Broncos the past couple of years. One of the guys who got the most praise was our own Peyton Hillis. I lost track that he has nearly 800 yards rushing already this season, well on pace for more than 1000 yards. And there was golden boy standing on the sidelines. Precious.