The 7-3 Browns travel to Florida to play the last place Jaguars who are 1-9. Jacksonville has dropped 9 straight game while the Browns are on a two game winning streak and are a 7 point favorite.
Last week in their 27-3 defeat to Pittsburgh, Jaguars Rookie QB Jake Luton threw four INTs. He's being benched and journey back-up QB Mike Glennon, 30 will get the start.
In limited action, Glennon has thrown a 1 TD for 56 yards. the 6'7" QB out of NC State hasn't started a game since 2017.
Jacksonville ranks 28th against the pass and also weak against the run. They average allowing 130 yards a game to their opponents. Browns have the best 1-2 running punch in the NFL in Nick Chubb (575 yards, 6.0 yards per carry, 5 TDs) and Kareem Hunt (644 yards, 4 TDs, 4.4 ypc).
Jacksonville is a passing team who average nearly 250 yards a game passing and Cleveland's secondary is banged-up. Safeties Harrison and Redwine are listed as of now as questionable. And All-Pro CB Denzel Ward will not play and may not play for a few weeks due to a calf strain. Also, Browns sack leader DE Myles Garrett has been ruled out. That's yet another blow. However, vs. Eagles last Sunday, DE Vernon had three of the Browns five sacks.
If all three starters in the secondary don't play, Jacksonville will be a bit more of a challenge. With the Browns powerhouse backfield, Cleveland should cover the 7 points they are favored. And let's not forget the weather, less wind and sun will add to the point total vs. playing in cold and windy Cleveland.
Mayfield has managed the games well this season under rookie Head Coach Kevin Stefanski. He's due for another break-out games as he had vs. Bengals when he threw 5 TDs. I expect Jarvis Laundry the Browns leading receiver (38 catches, 471 yards, 12.4 ypc) to finally score a TD this season. He's long overdue.
Mayfield has been above average and more careful with the ball in 2020; 1,850 yards, 15 TDs with 7 picks.
I like the Browns to increase their playoff chances and improve to 8-3. Cleveland 31 Jacksonville 20.
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