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Posted Nov 27, 2013

The Cleveland Browns welcome the Jacksonville Jaguars to FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.

The Cleveland Browns play their second-to-last home game of the year when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.

The Browns are 4-7 after a 27-11 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday. At 2-9 and in fourth place in the AFC South Division, the Jaguars have won two of the last three games after last weekend’s 13-6 victory at the Houston Texans.

This year’s game against the Jaguars will be the fifth time since the 2001 season that Jacksonville plays in Cleveland in November or later.

In those cold-weather games, the Browns are 2-2, having won the last two meetings, 23-17, on Jan. 3, 2010, and 20-14 on Nov. 20, 2011. Overall, the Browns have won three of their last four games against the Jaguars after losing their first six meetings and eight of the first 10 in the series dating back to 1995.

This will be the fifth season in the last six years in which the Browns and Jaguars will play against each other, and the second straight game to be played in Cleveland.

Overall, the Browns are 5-9-0 against the Jaguars, whom they played in the AFC Central Division in 1995, and again from 1999-2001 before the NFL realigned into a four-division, two-conference format in 2002. The Browns are 2-5-0 in home games against the Jaguars.

As this year’s game unfolds, there are several things to keep an eye on:

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon. Gordon caught 14 passes for 237 yards and one touchdown in the Browns’ loss to the Steelers last week, breaking two franchise records and equaling a third in the process.

Gordon’s 237 yards bested the previous mark of 191 set by Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome against the New York Jets on Oct. 14, 1984. He also broke the record for the most 100-yard receiving games in a single season with his fifth 100-yard effort in nine games this year.

The 14 receptions were tied for the most in a single game in team history.

Gordon now leads the team with 988 yards on 54 receptions and has scored five touchdowns, the second-most on the team. With 12 yards against the Jaguars, Gordon would be the first Brown to surpass the 1,000-yard mark since wide receiver Braylon Edwards (franchise record 1,289 yards) and tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. (1,106) both eclipsed the mark in the 2007 season.

With 100 yards receiving Sunday, Gordon will be only the third player in Browns history, along with Gary Collins (1965) and Webster Slaughter (1989), to tally 100 or more receiving yards in three consecutive games.

Gordon is second in the league with a 109.8 yards-per-game receiving average and second with 18.3 yards per reception. Since the start of the 2012 season, Gordon’s per-reception average of 17.2 is third among all NFL players. His 237 receiving yards against the Steelers was the second-highest receiving total this year.

Cleveland tight end Jordan Cameron. Cameron leads the Browns with 59 catches, which he has turned into 661 yards and a team-best six touchdowns.

Cameron’s 59 receptions are tied for the second-most and the 661 yards are third in the NFL among tight ends. He is tied for fourth in the league in scoring (36 points) and his 20 receiving third downs are tied for first among NFL tight ends.

Cameron’s 59 catches are tied for the fourth-most by a Brown through the first 11 games of the season. His 661 receiving yards and six touchdowns rank fifth and tied for second, respectively, by a Browns tight end in the first 11 games of the season.

The six touchdowns are tied for the second-most by a Browns tight end in a single season. Newsome is the only Browns player who has more touchdowns in a single season than Cameron. Newsome accomplished the feat three times with a team-record nine touchdowns in 1979, and six each in 1981 and 1983.

Defensive back Joe Haden. Haden has defended 63 passes in 53 career games, an average of 1.19 per game since the 2010 season. That is the highest average of any NFL player with at least 50 career pass breakups since the start of the 1994 season.

His 16 pass break ups are tied for first in the NFL, and fellow defensive back Buster Skrine ranks third with 15 passes defended.

Browns Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas. Thomas has started each of the 107 games and taken 6,596 consecutive snaps since being selected by the Browns with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Thomas is tied for the third-longest streak of consecutive starts among active NFL offensive linemen.

Cleveland center Alex Mack. Since joining the Browns as a first-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Mack has started 75 straight games, and begun 4,671 consecutive plays for the team.

Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne. Henne has completed 196 of 315 attempts (62.2 percent) for 2,124 yards and four touchdowns against nine interceptions in 10 games, including eight starts, this season.

Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts III. Shorts has been the go-to target for Henne and fellow Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Shorts leads the team with 58 receptions, which he has turned into 700 yards and one touchdown.

Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny. Posluszny leads Jacksonville’s defense in several categories, including total tackles (102), solo stops (79), assists (23), interceptions (two), and interceptions returned for a touchdown (one).

The Browns return to the road next week when they travel to Foxborough, Massachusetts for a game with the AFC East Division leaders, the New England Patriots, at Gillette Stadium. The Jaguars have a quick turnaround, as they will take on the Texans for the second time in three weeks in front of a national television audience on NFL Network next Thursday.

CONNECTIONS

Browns linebacker Quentin Groves was Jacksonville’s second-round pick (No. 52 overall) in 2008. He registered 37 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, one interception and 15 special-teams stops with the Jaguars.

Browns punter Spencer Lanning spent part of 2012 with the Jaguars.

Browns assistant defensive backs coach Bobby Babich is the son of Jaguars defensive coordinator Bob Babich. The elder Babich coached at Bowling Green State University in 1991.

Browns tight end Gary Barnidge (Middleburg), wide receiver Travis Benjamin (Belle Glade), linebackers D’Qwell Jackson (Largo) and Jabaal Sheard (Hollywood Hills) and defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin (Pensacola) are Florida natives.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski (University of Miami, 1994-2003), strength-and-conditioning coach Brad Roll (Miami, 1989; Miami Dolphins, 1996-2003), offensive coordinator Norv Turner (Miami Dolphins, 2002-03), and offensive line coach Mike Sullivan (Miami, 2001) all coached in Florida.

Chudzinski also played for the University of Miami from 1986-90.

Defensive line coach Joe Cullen held the same position with the Jaguars from 2010-12.

Jaguars special-teams coordinator Mike Mallory is a native of Bowling Green, Ohio, and coached at Kent State University from 1988-90.

Jaguars strength-and-conditioning coordinator Tom Myslinski served in the same capacity for the Browns from 2007-09.

Jacksonville defensive assistant Brandon Blaney graduated from Youngstown State University, where he later served as a coach from 1995-98 and was a part of the team’s 1997 NCAA Division I-AA National Championship. He again coached under Jim Tressel at The Ohio State University in 2001.

Jaguars linebackers coach Matt Duffner was a graduate assistant coach under Woody Hayes at Ohio State from 1975-76, and later served as the defensive coordinator for the University of Cincinnati from 1977-80. He later spent six years with the Cincinnati Bengals, first as linebackers coach (1997-2000) and then, defensive coordinator (2001-02).

Jaguars tight ends/assistant special-teams coach Ron Middleton played tight end for the Browns during the 1989 season -- a year in which the team went 9-6-1 and made it to the AFC Championship Game -- while running backs coach Terry Richardson signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1994.

Jacksonville wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan coached at Ohio State in 1991.

Jaguars wide receivers Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland), Jeremy Ebert (Hilliard) and Taylor Price (Hilliard) are Ohio natives.

Jacksonville offensive lineman Mike Brewster (Ohio State), Shorts III (University of Mount Union), and Price (Ohio University) played college football in Ohio.

Jaguars fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou was on the Browns’ practice squad for part of the 2011 season.

MEDIA

Fans can watch Sunday’s game at 1 p.m./ET on local CBS affiliate, WOIO-TV 19 as Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and former NFL defensive back Solomon Wilcots (color analyst) call the action.

The game is also available along the PNC Bank Cleveland Browns Radio Network with Jim Donovan, former Browns left tackle Doug Dieken, and Jamir Howerton on the call.

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