Browns Win In Jacksonville, Jaguars Fall Three Games Behind Titans

Auguste ArcherCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2008

On a brisk Sunday night in Jacksonville, the Jaguars came to play.

It seems, however, that the Cleveland Browns came to play a little bit harder.

The Browns improved their record to 3-4 on the season, riding the legs of Jamal Lewis and the arm of Derek Anderson to a 23-17 victory over the Jags.

The Jaguars, now 3-4, had an opportunity to win the game after wide receiver Matt Jones caught a pass in the middle of the field and scampered out of bounds to put the Jaguars in scoring position.

Two plays later, the ball bounced out of Jones' hands in the back of the end zone. Like much of the Jaguars season thus far, it was almost a catch. It was almost a victory. Almost.

The Browns offense created big plays when they needed them, with Anderson going 14 of 27 for 264 yards and a touchdown. The bulk of the Browns scoring came in the first quarter, where they put up 17 points. Jamal Lewis had 20 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown.

The Jaguars defense played well in the second half, and only allowed three out of 12 third down conversions, but the big play killed them. The Browns had completions of 51 and 49 yards in the first half, both of which set up scores.

The Jaguars had two costly special teams mistakes, a blocked field goal in the second half and Brian Witherspoon's fumbled kickoff return late in the fourth quarter, which allowed the Browns to make it a two score game.

In the post game interview, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio wasn't just angry, he was furious.

When asked if there were any good aspects of the game, he replied "There were, there always are, I just don't feel like talking about them right now." and ended his interview with the ominous statement that things would be handled internally.

The Browns, who started the season 1-3, have recovered and put themselves back in position to make a playoff push, garnering convincing victories over the New York Giants and the Jaguars.

The Jaguars, who have not lost a game by more than a touchdown this season, have fallen to three games back on the surging Tennessee Titans, who beat Indianapolis last night to move to 7-0 on the season.

The Browns will go home to play Baltimore next weekend, while the Jaguars go to Cincinnati to face the Bengals.