Nov 24, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) runs the ball after a catch as Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Will Allen (20) defends during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Steelers beat the Browns 27-11. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Gameday Thread

The Cleveland Browns take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in a game that weighs different takes on approaching the future.  The goal is to win the game in the idea that winning will help this team get better and be more prepared for next year.  The flip side is that losing would improve the Browns’ position in the NFL Draft.  The question is whether Brandon Weeden, Willis McGahee and Chris Ogbannaya leading the Browns to victory means much for the future.

The defense has played well and been taken out of games before it has been able to make an impact with offensive and special teams disaster the past two weeks.  They need to be far more effective when it comes to getting hits on the opposing quarterback and sacks; production which has fallen off of a cliff since the bye week.  In the two games before the bye, the Browns had compiled a total of 11 sacks while the last two weeks, they have secured just one sack total.

Should the Jaguars win, the Jags would improve to 3 wins with a game against the Houston Texans next week.  Conceivably, the Jaguars could ultimately move past the Browns in the draft order if they can win those two games.  While the loss might sting in the short term, it would move the Browns closer to perhaps being in position to land a franchise quarterback.

Win or lose, there will be plenty to talk about with this game.

Browns inactives: QB Jason Campbell, ILB Craig Robertson, ILB Tank Carder, OT Martin Wallace, OG Garrett Gilkey, OT Reid Fragel, NT Ishmaa’ily Kitchen

Jaguars inactives: QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Stephen Burton, RB Justin Forsett, CB Jamell Fleming, G Jacques McClendon, WR Jeremy Ebert, DE Jeremy Mincey

 

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