1. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski on Wednesday named Brandon Weeden the starting quarterback as Jason Campbell deals with the concussion he suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Weeden has completed just 51 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and seven interceptions and has a quarterback rating of 66.0. Among qualifying quarterbacks, only the New York Jets’ Geno Smith (62.1) has been worse.
2. The Browns can probably be written off from the AFC playoff picture. A loss to the lowly Jaguars would be the final nail in the coffin. With a win, the Browns would still be a game behind the Baltimore Ravens (6-6) after their win over the Steelers (5-7) on Thanksgiving Day. The Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins all enter the day at 5-6.
3. This game also carries implications toward the NFL Draft. The Browns, through their record and strength of schedule, currently own the No. 8 overall pick in next May’s draft. The Jaguars would have the No. 2 pick. A Browns loss would pull them closer to a top-5 selection.
4. Wide receiver Josh Gordon is coming off the best game in franchise history — 14 catches, 237 yards and a touchdown — against the Steelers. He has 988 yards this season and is on pace to break Braylon Edwards’ team record for receiving yards in a season (1,289 yards in 2007). With another 100-yard game, Gordon would join Gary Collins (1965) and Webster Slaughter (1989) as the only Browns receivers with three consecutive 100-yard games.
5. The Browns’ defense is a bit banged up. Cornerback Buster Skrine is probable with a rib injury. Should he be limited or unavailable, Chris Owens would likely step into the starting lineup and rookie cornerback Leon McFadden would take over nickel back duties. At inside linebacker, starter Craig Robertson (knee) is doubtful and backup Tank Carder is out with a shoulder injury. Darius Eubanks could receive the start.