The Jacksonville Jaguars, winners of their last two, host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in a game oddsmakers predict will be very close. The Jags are just 1.5 point favorites over the 3-6 Browns. Over the last few years, you could look at the Browns on the schedule and mark up a loss for them. That's not the case anymore.
The Browns have beaten the Saints and Patriots -- in back to back weeks -- and lost last week to the New York Jets in overtime. Clearly they're doing something right. They passed 100 yards rushing in each of those games and turned it over three total times. That tells you what the Browns are about -- rush the ball well and don't turn it over.
So how will that strategy work against the Jaguars? Jacksonville's defense isn't great -- they're 21st against the rush and 29th against the pass -- so the Browns should be able to move the ball on them.
Offensively, the Jags are hit or miss. In four of their five victories this year they've passed 30 points so that's one thing they'll need to do. They also rush the ball very well sitting at sixth in the NFL and led by Maurice Jones-Drew. The Browns have the 10th ranked defense so it's no guarantee they can run it.
The Jaguars are 5-4 and need a win to stay afloat in the competitive AFC South. They won't get it against the Browns, who have been playing too well lately. Look for the Browns to come away with a win by a field goal.