JACKSONVILLE – Mike Glennon let it rip – and that was almost enough.
But the Cleveland Browns did what they have done all season, and that ruined Glennon's story – and the Jaguars' day.
Glennon, the Jaguars' third starting quarterback in five games, threw two touchdown passes and gave the Jaguars a third-quarter lead – but a strong running attack helped the Browns control much of the second half en route to a 27-25 victory in front of 15,926 at TIAA Bank Field Sunday.
"We just fell short," Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said.
Glennon, the Jaguars' backup in the first 10 games of the season, drove the Jaguars late – a drive capped by rookie running back James Robinson's four-yard touchdown run. That made it 27-25 with 2:14 remaining, but Glennon's two-point pass was incomplete.
"It felt good to be out there again, good to be competing on the biggest stage in the NFL," Glennon said. "Overall, I felt good, I didn't feel rusty. I felt like I was seeing it well, throwing it well, getting the ball out on time, felt in control and in command.'
"I'm sure I'll watch some tape and there'll be some balls I wish I had back. Overall, I felt good."
The Browns (8-3) ran out the clock on the ensuing possession, with the Jaguars (1-10) losing their 10th consecutive game – the longest single-season losing streak in franchise history.
"Obviously, it's tough," Jaguars safety and defensive captain Jarrod Wilson said. "It's frustrating. We've got to find a way to win. Not going to really make any excuses about it – injury situation, coaching, whatever the case may be. We just have to find a way to win on Sundays and I think good teams do that."
Running back Nick Chubb's one-yard run early in the fourth quarter pushed a one-point Browns lead to eight – and Chubb and backfield mate Kareem Hunt set the second-half tone.
Cleveland's running back combination has been key to the Browns and remained that way Sunday. Chubb rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and Hunt rushed for 62 yards on 10 carries.
The Browns rushed for 207 yards Sunday, with all but 64 coming in the second half.
Glennon, who last started for the Chicago Bears in 2017, completed 20 of 35 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He started for Jake Luton, who had started the past three games in place of Gardner Minshew II. Glennon said early this week he planned to "let it rip" and play free with "nothing to lose" in his 23rdcareer start in eight NFL seasons.
"I feel like I threw the ball well; just came up a little short on the two-point conversions, and I think that's the difference in the ball game," said Glennon, who also had a two-point conversion pass fall incomplete to wide receiver Keelan Cole in the third quarter.
"I felt good out there seeing what they were playing, so I don't think there's anything they did," Glennon added. "We just came up short on two two-point conversions."
Robinson rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, his third 100-yard rushing game in the last five games. Jaguars rookie wide receiver Collin Johnson caught four passes for 96 yards and a 46-yard second-quarter touchdown that gave the Jaguars a 13-10 lead.
"I just know what type of group of guys we have in the locker room and they are all fighters regardless of what's going on," Johnson said. "Obviously we are dealing with a lot of adversity: Injuries, losing, COVID[-19] on top of that. It's not easy but we're just going to continue to fight because that's all we know and hopefully we'll catch a break one of these days."
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 19 of 29 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Wide receiver Jarvis Landry caught eight passes for 143 yards and a five-yard touchdown that gave the Browns a 7-3 lead late in the first quarter.
The Jaguars sacked Mayfield once, with defensive end Dawuane Smoot sacking him on the Browns' first drive of the game. The Jaguars' defense forced one turnover – a forced fumble by Joe Schobert that led to a touchdown early in the second half.
The Jaguars played Sunday's game without defensive coordinator Todd Wash, one of three defensive coordinators unavailable because of COVID-19 protocols. They were also without multiple injured starters, including defensive end Josh Allen, cornerbacks CJ Henderson and Sidney Jones IV, guard Andrew Norwell, wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. and safety Daniel Thomas.
"I've said this from the beginning: I really am proud of the team," Marrone said. "I'm not happy with the record and I'm frustrated with the record. Obviously, we all are so I don't want to go down that road, but as far as guys that are really trying and working hard and doing everything they possibly can …
"I don't think we've been able to make some plays at key points in the game. But as far as their preparation for the week … as far as the character and all that stuff, these guys work hard. Right now, we're just not doing enough things to win football games."
Step by step:
*Aldrick Rosas' 54-yard field goal on the Jaguars' second possession gave Jacksonville a 3-0 lead with 6:35 remaining in the first quarter. The Browns took the lead on the ensuing possession when Mayfield passed five yards to Landry, a drive set up by a 43-yard kickoff return by Browns running back D'Ernest Johnson.
*Rosas' 24-yard field goal pulled the Jaguars to within 7-6 early in the second quarter; Robinson rushed six times for 37 yards on the drive. Browns kicker Cody Parkey capped the ensuing drive with a 24-yard field goal to push the Browns' lead to 10-6 with 7:03 remaining in the half. Glennon's 46-yard touchdown pass to Johnson on the ensuing possession gave the Jaguars a 13-10 lead 4:14 before halftime. The Browns retook the lead – 17-13 – when Mayfield found tight end Austin Hooper wide open for a nine-yard touchdown with 1:10 remaining in the half; Mayfield completed passes of 15 and 23 yards to Landry on the drive.
*The Jaguars retook the lead early in the third quarter when Glennon passed two yards to tight end Tyler Eifert, with the lead staying at 19-17 when Glennon's two-point pass to Cole fell incomplete; the drive was set up when Schobert forced a fumble by tight end Harrison Bryant that Jaguars safety Andrew Wingard recovered and returned to the Browns 30. A 44-yard field goal by Parkey on the ensuing possession put Cleveland ahead, 20-19, with 6:45 remaining in the third quarter.
*The Browns extended the lead to 27-19 on a one-yard run by Chubb with 14:20 remaining in the quarter, a run that capped an eight-play, 90-yard drive.
*Notable: *Luton was the Jaguars' backup quarterback Sunday, a status made official shortly before kickoff when Minshew II was made inactive for a fourth consecutive game with a thumb injury. … The Jaguars' six other inactive players Sunday: wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. (ribs), wide receiver Chris Conley (hip), running back Dare Ogunbowale (hand), cornerback Sidney Jones IV (Achilles), tight end Tyler Davis and defensive end Reggie Gilbert; Chark, Conley and Jones had been ruled out Friday. Rookie Luq Barcoo started at corner for Jones, with veteran Tyler Shatley starting at left guard for guard Andrew Norwell (injured reserve) and Johnson starting for Chark.
*Injury report: *Jaguars wide receiver Trey Quinn sustained a first-quarter hamstring injury returning an early punt. … Jaguars linebacker Dakota Allen sustained a third-quarter ankle injury and did not return. … Jaguars rookie defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton sustained a knee injury in the fourth quarter.
*Up next: *The Jaguars will play the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., Sunday.