Jacksonville Sports Day

LOOKING BACK: Jaguars’ Defense Thaws Cleveland in 19-7 Win

Photo by Rick Wilson/Jacksonville Jaguars

CLEVELAND – The Jaguars defeated the Browns in Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium, 19-7, to advance to 7-3.

The Jaguars, who have sole possession of first place in the AFC South, are leading their division entering Week 12 for the first time since 1999 (Jaguars were 9-1 leading the AFC Central division).

They have also won four consecutive games for the first time since 2007.

Kicker Josh Lambo made two of three field goal  attempts against the Browns. He has made nine of 10 three-pointers for the Jaguars since signing with the team on Oct. 17.

Rookie running back Leonard Fournette rushed 28 times for 111 yards  and registered his fourth game with 100 rushing yards this season. Fournette joins Fred Taylor as the only rookies in franchise history to rush for at least 100 yards in four or more games during their rookie season.

The Jaguars have the NFL’s top rushing offense, averaging 160.6 rushing yards per game this season.

The Jaguars finished the game with five takeaways, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions, and are now +11 in turnover margin for the season.  Against Cleveland, the Jaguars defense totaled five sacks and currently leads the NFL with 40 sacks this season.

Linebacker Telvin Smith registered two takeaways in the win after he intercepted Browns QB DeShone Kizer in the first quarter and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score  in the fourth quarter.  Cornerback A.J. Bouye intercepted Browns Kizer in the fourth quarter and now leads the team with four picks.

NOTEWORTHY: Fourth-round rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook was activated off the team’s reserve/designated for return list and caught three passes for 35 yards in his NFL debut… the Jaguars rushed 44 times for 139 yards and out-possessed the Browns, 36:55 to 23:05, in time of possession….entering Week 9, the Jaguars ranked last in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game, allowing 138.6 rushing yards per game….The Jaguars have won four of their first five road games of the season for just the third time in franchise history and the first time since 2007.

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