JACKSONVILLE – Here are 10 things the Jacksonville Jaguars must do to beat the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, Sunday…
1. Keep doing what they’re doing. Whatever the Jaguars have been doing the last three weeks, it has been working. They’re 2-1 after the bye and they’ve played their three best games of the season. A lot of it has been about listening to Head Coach Gus Bradley. A lot has been playing better defense. Whatever it has been about, it has worked better than it did the first eight games.
3. Get the ball to
5. Keep run blocking. The Jaguars weren’t dominant run-blocking against the Texans last week but they were good enough to allow
6. Keep MJD running – and catching. Jones-Drew got better blocking against Houston than he had much of the season, but he ran better, too. As important was how Jones-Drew played as a pass receiver, catching six passes for 60 yards. The running game probably isn’t going to produce consistent 120-to-130-yard games, but if the offense can get 130-to-140 total yards from Jones-Drew … well, that means a lot of good down-and-distance situations.
7. Create turnovers. The Jaguars produced just one takeaway against the Texans – that after producing none in a loss to the Cardinals the week before. But the Jaguars’ got the one against the Texans when it mattered, with defensive end
8. Stop the run. On paper, this is attainable. The Browns have struggled to run this season. The Jaguars have improved dramatically in that area in recent weeks, holding their last three opponents – the Titans, Cardinals and Texans – under 100 yards rushing. This is important – and not just for Sunday’s game in Cleveland. The Jaguars are starting to believe in themselves defensively. It’s time to build on that.
9. Get a play on special teams. The special teams have played well much of the season – a blocked field goal by the Texans Sunday notwithstanding. The unit has produced a safety, some big kickoff returns and punter
10. Maintain momentum. This could be, “Keep Believing,” or, “Keep Listening to Gus Bradley,” or any number of entries along those lines. Bradley has continued to preach a message of improvement and he has continued to emphasize that if players play as well as they can, then winning will take care of itself. While it may sound like Coach Speak and while it may sound too positive for some, players clearly have bought in and believe in the direction. That approach has gotten this team out of a tough situation coming out of the bye. The approach also has led to victories in two of three games. So, keep believing? Yes, no doubt.