1. The Browns can’t expect to win unless they find a way to return to the end zone at Cleveland Browns Stadium. They haven’t scored a touchdown at home since Oct. 2 against the Tennessee Titans. They also have had 25 consecutive drives at home without scoring a touchdown. The Browns are ranked 23rd in the NFL in red-zone efficiency, scoring touchdowns only 44.4 percent of the time inside the 20-yard line.
2. The Browns must prevent Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew from breaking loose for a big play. The Jaguars defeated the Browns 24-20 last season after Jones-Drew gained 75 yards on a screen pass late in the fourth quarter to set up his 1-yard, game-winning touchdown. Jones-Drew made about five Browns players miss tackles during his clutch play, which lifted the Jaguars to victory even though they finished the game with a minus-five turnover differential.
3. Browns quarterback Colt McCoy must take advantage of the absence of Rashean Mathis, the Jaguars’ top cornerback who was placed on injured reserve Monday with a torn knee ligament. The Jaguars have the league’s fourth-ranked defense (14th against the run and fifth against the pass), but it might be vulnerable as they adjust to life without Mathis. McCoy must test Mathis’ replacement, Will Middleton.
4. The Browns must continue to improve their pass protection. They allowed an average of 2.6 sacks and 6› quarterback hits per game heading into Week 10. However, they made slight improvements in those categories Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, allowing two sacks and three quarterback hits. As a result, McCoy had his most efficient performance of the season.
5. The Browns’ defense needs to force rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars’ 32nd-ranked offense to make mistakes. The Jaguars are 1-4 this season when Gabbert commits a turnover. He has completed 93-of-194 passes (47.9 percent) for 1,025 yards and six touchdowns. He has thrown five interceptions and lost two fumbles.