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Browns vs. Jaguars: Week 14 Need to Know

Mystery surrounds who will play QB for both teams as the Browns fight to stay in the AFC playoff hunt in a home tilt against Jacksonville. Here is everything you need to know about the game.

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The Cleveland Browns are back home on Sunday as they host the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The Browns are coming into the game fresh off a forgettable two-week visit to the West Coast that resulted in back-to-back losses to the Denver Broncos (6-6) and Los Angeles Rams (6-6). Cleveland has been a different team at home, however, as they are currently 5-1 and will face a Jacksonville team that is a perfect 5-0 on the road so far this season.

As to who will be at quarterback for each team, well, everyone might just have to wait until Sunday to find out. Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski is weighing between giving Joe Flacco and his “big arm” a second start or returning to rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who was cleared on Friday from the league-mandated concussion protocol.

Jacksonville head coach Doug Pederson is in a similar spot as starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence is questionable with an ankle injury and if he can’t go, the Jaguars will turn to C.J. Beathard.

Who will play? What will happen? The answers may not be revealed until later on Sunday afternoon, so in the meantime let’s get ready for the game with everything you need to know as the Browns take on the Jaguars.

Game Info

Records: Cleveland is 7-5. Jacksonville is 8-4.

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Stadium: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

TV: CBS

Announcers: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis and Evan Washburn (sideline reporter)

Radio: ESPN 850, 92.3 The Fan, 98.5 WNCX, 89.1 FM La Mega (Spanish)

Announcers: TBD, Nathan Zegura, Jerod Cherry (sideline reporter)

First meeting: The Jaguars won the first meeting, 23-15, on October 22, 1995.

Last meeting: The Browns won the most recent meeting, 27-25, in Week 12 of the 2020 season.

All-time series: The Jaguars lead the all-time series, 12-6. Cleveland is just 2-7 all-time at home against Jacksonville.

Weather: 41 degrees and cloudy, with just an 8 percent chance of precipitation. Winds from the west at 14 mph. (weather.com)

Uniform: The Browns will be styling with their brown jersey and white pants uniform combo.

Injury report: Browns - Questionable: Wide receiver Amari Cooper (concussion), offensive tackle Dawand Jones (knee), cornerback Cameron Mitchell (hamstring) and cornerback Denzel Ward (shoulder). Jaguars - Out: Cornerback Christian Braswell (hamstring), cornerback Tre Herndon (concussion), offensive lineman Walker Little (hamstring) and tight end Brenton Strange (foot). Questionable: Cornerback Tyson Campbell (quadricep), running back Travis Etienne Jr. (ribs), defensive lineman Foley Fatukasi (heel), running back D’Ernest Johnson (knee), quarterback Trevor Lawrence (ankle).

The line: Browns -3 (DraftKings)

Some Notes to Remember

  • If Joe Flacco gets the start at quarterback and the Browns win they will be the first team to win a game with four different starting quarterbacks in the same season since the 2015 Houston Texans.
  • Cleveland’s defense has taken a step back over the past six games, as it has been ninth in expected points added per play (compared to No. 1 over the first six games), ninth in points allowed per drive (compared to second over the first six games) and is 12th against opposing passers in quarterback rating (compared to third over the first six games), according to ESPN.
  • No matter who plays at quarterback for the Browns they might have an easy time of it on Sunday as Jaguars pass defense is ranked at No. 27 in passing yards allowed and No. 19 in passing touchdowns allowed, according to clevelandbrowns.com.
  • However, the Jaguars are tied for fifth in the league with 12 interceptions, and if there is one thing that Cleveland quarterbacks like to do it is throw interceptions.
  • This week’s game poster:
  • The Browns did not have a rushing touchdown in each of the past two weeks. Prior to that, the last time they failed to rush for a touchdown game in Week 4, according to clevelandbrowns.com.

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A Final Quote

Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz on having to prepare for both Trevor Lawrence and C.J. Beathard at quarterback this week (quote via a team-provided transcript):

“Yeah, there’s a lot of uncertainty going into this game from just the weather. How sloppy is the field going to be? How much is rain going to affect the game? How much is wind going to affect the game? And then, you know, maybe Trevor Lawrence plays and he’s himself, he has his full mobility, maybe he plays and he doesn’t have his mobility and then maybe he doesn’t play at all and Bethard plays.

“So I think that our game plan is probably about 25% bigger this week, and it’s not actually going to be 25% bigger within the game. It’s going to be 25% bigger to be able to handle all the different things that have come up. Fortunately, this time of year, adding stuff that maybe you’d done earlier in the year doesn’t take as much gasoline to get to the game plan, but it’s definitely got to be on our radar with how the game is being played from a personnel standpoint and then also from a weather standpoint, and we got to prepare everything in between.

“Maybe it’s so windy that it’s hard to throw the ball. Maybe the wind’s not having an effect, maybe it’s raining, but it’s really not having effect and the field is still good. Maybe the field is sloppy and change the direction means a lot, so you know, all that stuff goes into consideration in this game.”


What are you looking for from the Browns in Sunday’s game against the Jaguars?