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Game day blog: Jaguars at Browns (Week 11)

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 20, 2011

Final score: Browns 14, Jaguars 10 (game story; notebook; Marla Ridenour column; box score)

Game action

End 1Q: Browns 0, Jaguars 0 --The Browns’ lost the opening coin toss – they’re 0-10 this season – but the Jaguars deferred. The Browns’ opening drive stalled three plays after wide receiver Josh Cribbs was called for a pass interference penalty that wiped out his catch and 33-yard gain. The Browns’ next drive ended after rookie wide receiver Greg Little leaped and dropped a deep pass from quarterback Colt McCoy on third down. Fortunately, for the Browns, the Jaguars couldn’t get much going on offense, either. A holding penalty on offensive lineman Guy Whimper led to a three-and-out during the Jaguars’ opening possession.

End 2Q: Browns 7, Jaguars 7 -- The Jaguars used an 18-play, 92-yard drive, which lasted nine minutes, 53 seconds, to strike first. Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew capped the march by rushing for a 6-yard touchdown with 10:50 left in the second quarter. Jones-Drew dragged free safety Mike Adams and weakside linebacker Chris Gocong into the end zone to complete his fifth rushing touchdown of the season. The Browns’ ensuing drive fell flat when defensive end John Chick batted down McCoy’s pass near the line of scrimmage to force a three-and-out. The Browns, however, would redeem themselves after forcing another three-and-out. On third-and-6 at the Browns’ 42-yard line, McCoy completed a pass over the middle to wide receiver Jordan Norwood, who used a juke move to maneuver past safety Chris Prosinksi and turn his reception into a 51-yard gain that gave the Browns first-and-goal at the Jaguars’ 7. After Little dived in the back of the end zone but couldn’t secure McCoy’s pass on first down, Jaguars safety Dawan Landry was called for pass interference while covering Browns running back Ogbonnaya in the back corner of the end zone. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio challenged the call because he thought defensive tackle C.J. Mosley tipped McCoy’s pass near the line of scrimmage. Replays showed Mosley got a piece of the ball, but the officials did not overturn their pass-interference call. The penalty gave the Browns first-and-goal at the Jaguars’ 1. Two plays later, Ogbonnaya took a pitch and ran left for a 1-yard touchdown, the first score of his NFL career. It was the first time the Browns scored a touchdown at home since Oct. 2 against the Tennessee Titans. Phil Dawson made the extra-point kick with 3:21 left in the second quarter to tie the score 7-7. The Jaguars then marched to the Browns’ 40 but punted after rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s low pass over the middle to tight end Marcedes Lewis fell incomplete on third down.

End 3Q: Browns 7, Jaguars 7 -- The Browns forfeited three points in the third quarter by accepting Jaguars linebacker Mike Lockley’s leaping penalty and wiping out Dawson’s successful 40-yard field goal. Four plays later, McCoy’s pass over the middle intended for tight end Benjamin Watson was intercepted by safety Dawan Landry. The Jaguars, though, failed to take advantage when their ensuing drive stalled. McCoy appeared to be hurt before he threw the interception. He was sacked on third down and ran off the field with his right arm hanging. Trainers later checked his right shoulder and neck area, but he did not miss a snap.

End 4Q: Browns 14, Jaguars 10 -- The Browns took the lead for good with their second long scoring drive of the game. They put the finishing touches on their 12-play, 85-yard march when McCoy rolled to his right and connected with wide receiver Josh Cribbs in the front corner of the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown pass. Dawson made the extra-point kick to give the Browns a 14-7 advantage with 12:15 left in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars countered with a 13-play, 56-yard drive, but they had to settle for Josh Scobee’s 42-yard field goal with 5:39 remaining. On third-and-8 at the Browns’ 9-yard line, rookie defensive end Jabaal Sheard pulled Gabbert down by his left arm, causing Gabbert to lateral the ball out of bounds for a loss of 15 yards. Sheard was credited with a sack. The Browns had a chance to go ahead by seven points, but Dawson’s 38-yard field goal was ruled no good with 2:49 left. Dawson’s attempt appeared to sail wide right by a hair. The play could not be reviewed because the ball passed above the top of the right upright, referee Terry McAulay said. "The way we saw it was part of the ball was outside the outside edge of the upright," McAulay said. After the failed field-goal attempt, the Jaguars marched all the way to the Browns’ 1-yard line. However, the Browns’ defense completed its final stand when Gabbert’s pass to wide receiver Mike Thomas in the middle of the end zone was off target and fell incomplete.

Pregame notes

Inactives: Browns -- QB Thaddeus Lewis, RB Montario Hardesty (calf), RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring), SS T.J. Ward (foot), OL Steve Vallos, OL Oniel Cousins and TE Jordan Cameron. Jaguars -- WR Brian Robiskie (hamstring), FB Brock Bolen (calf), C John Estes, DE Aaron Kampman (hamstring), WR Cecil Shorts III (hamstring), TE Fendi Onobun and DT Terrance Knighton (ankle).

Lineup changes: Browns -- Chris Ogbonnaya will start at running back in place of Hillis and Hardesty; Usama Young at SS in place of Ward. Jaguars -- C.J. Mosley, who played for the Browns in 2009, will start at defensive tackle in place of Knighton.

Top storylines -- 1. Montario Hardesty will miss his third consecutive game after tearing a calf muscle in his right leg Oct. 30 against the San Francisco 49ers, and Peyton Hillis will miss his fifth consecutive game -- and sixth of the season -- after pulling his left hamstring Oct. 16 against the Oakland Raiders. With Hardesty and Hillis out, Chris Ogbonnaya will start at running back for the third consecutive week. Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi is active and expected to start after missing two of the past three games with symptoms related to a concussion he suffered Oct. 23 against the Seattle Seahawks. Cornerback Dimitri Patterson is active after missing the past two games with a sprained knee he suffered Oct. 30 against the 49ers. He is expected to return to his role as the Browns' nickel cornerback. Emmanuel Stephens will start in place of Jayme Mitchell. Mitchell has been dealing with chest and ankle injuries, though Stephens' start was announced as a coach's decision. Usama Young will start at strong safety for the second game in a row because T.J. Ward has been sidelined since he sprained his right foot Nov. 6 against the Houston Texans. 2. The Browns (3-6) will look to snap their three-game losing streak today when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6), and winning will only become more difficult in the weeks to come. Four of the Browns’ final six games are on the road. They’ll visit the Cincinnati Bengals (6-3). They’ll face the Baltimore Ravens (6-3) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3) twice apiece. And they’ll visit the Arizona Cardinals (3-6). Even if coach Pat Shurmur can guide his team to wins over the Jaguars and the Cardinals, the Browns will still need to pull off an upset down the stretch to win more games, five, than they have in each of the past two seasons. 3. The Browns will seek revenge after falling to the Jaguars 24-20 last season despite finishing with a plus-five turnover differential. From 1970 until that absurd game, only about 4 percent of NFL teams that had a plus-five turnover differential had lost. It was one of the Browns’ more bizarre losses in recent history, and they’ve had their fair share. 4. Jaguars defensive end Matt Roth will return to Cleveland after playing outside linebacker in the Browns’ old 3-4 defense during the past two seasons. Roth signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent Aug. 12. With Roth’s help, the Jaguars have built the league’s fourth-ranked defense after finishing 28th last season. 5. Jaguars wide receiver Brian Robiskie will also reunite with the Browns less than three weeks after they waived him. Robiskie, a second-round draft pick who attended Chagrin Falls High School, was claimed by the Jaguars on Nov. 2. He has been inactive in the Jaguars’ only game since they acquired him. 6. Other Browns-Jaguars connections: Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron had the same job with the Jaguars (1995-98). ... Browns offensive lineman Tony Pashos played for the Jaguars (2007-08). ... Jaguars running backs coach Earnest Byner played for the Browns (1984-88, 1994-95). ... Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker served as a defensive backs coach (2005-08) and a defensive coordinator (2008) for the Browns. ... Jaguars quarterback Luke McCown was drafted by the Browns in the fourth round (106th overall) in 2004. He appeared in five games with the Browns. ... Jaguars defensive lineman C.J. Mosley played for the Browns (2009). ... Jaguars director of player personnel Terry McDonough worked as a scout for the Browns (1992-95). ... Jaguars quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard was a tight ends coach (1993) and a wide receivers coach (1994-95) for the Browns. ... Jaguars defensive backs coach Cory Undlin was a quality control coach (2005-06), a secondary/assistant special teams coach (2007) and a defensive backs coach (2008) for the Browns. Northeast Ohio connections: Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts III is a native of Cleveland who attended Mount Union. ... Jaguars scout Andy Dengler is a native of Berea. ... Jaguars defensive staff assistant Craig Aukerman coached linebackers at Kent State (2009).

Preview stories via Ohio.com -- 1. With strong safety T.J. Ward out with a sprained right foot, the Browns need Usama Young to be at his best. 2. Matchup of the week: The Browns know they must limit Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew. 3. Keys to the game. 4. Numbers to watch. 5. Injury report. 6. Quote of the week. 7. Predictions.

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