Cleveland Browns (3-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 19, 2014, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Jacksonville Jaguars +5.5 -- Over/Under: 45
The Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars play Sunday at EverBank Field.
The Cleveland Browns have won back-to-back games and look to keep pressure on the rest of the AFC North. The Browns have one of the better running games in the league led by Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, a trio that has produced more than 700 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. The running success has taken a lot of pressure off quarterback Brian Hoyer, who is completing 60.4 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and one interception. Despite simply managing the game, the Browns have 20 passing plays of 20 or more yards and three receivers with double-digit receptions. Andrew Hawkins leads the Browns with 270 receiving yards and Miles Austin is getting more and more involved in the offense. The Browns have won eight of their last 12 games when scoring more than 21 points. Defensively, the Cleveland Browns are allowing 23 points, 409.2 yards, and they’ve forced forced five turnovers and 10 sacks. Karlos Dansby leads the Browns with 42 tackles and Tashaun Gipson has two interceptions.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost nine straight regular season games and haven’t won a road game since December 1. About the only good news for the Jags is their passing game has improved under Blake Bortles, as he’s completing 67.8 percent of his passes and has topped 1,000 yards in just four games. The bad news is that Bortles has thrown at least one interception in all four games and the Jaguars have scored no more than 17 points. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns have produced a combined seven receptions of 20 or more yards and have 48 of Jacksonville’s 139 catches. The Jaguars ground game is nearly nonexistent with an average of just 3.5 yards per carry, and Toby Gerhart leads the way with just 123 rushing yards but he’s questionable with an ankle injury. Defensively, the Jacksonville Jaguars are allowing 30.8 points, 411.2 yards, and they’ve forced four turnovers and 19 sacks. Paul Posluszny leads the Jags with 57 tackles and Chris Clemons has three sacks.
The Browns are 1-4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 3-0-2 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jaguars are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and 8-22-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are really, really bad and have been even worse against the number the last few seasons. I don't exactly love the number, but the Browns are the pick if you feel the need to play this game.