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Browns can't overcome Jaguars' dominating defense

CLEVELAND — The Browns were no match for a Jacksonville defense that has taken the NFL by storm this season.

Cleveland had five turnovers and a season-worst 148 yards in a 19-7 loss to the Jaguars Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Browns (0-10) mounted a late comeback but it ended when rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer was strip-sacked twice in the final two minutes of play. 

Jacksonville (7-3) and the league's best pass rush flustered the young Kizer all afternoon and bottled up a Cleveland run game looking to build on a breakout game last weekend.

In blustery and snowy weather, Kizer, who put together the best performance of his career last weekend in Detroit, was sacked five times and passed for 179 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. [



While Cleveland's defense turned in another impressive performance, rookie running back Leonard Fournette ran for 111 yards on 28 carries. He became the first running back to eclipse the 100-yard mark this season against the Browns.

After falling behind 10-0, the Browns watched defensive stand after defensive stand keep them in a low-scoring game. Unfortunately, Cleveland did not experience similar success on the other side of the ball.

The Jaguars, who have terrorized opposing quarterbacks this season, continued that trend in Cleveland. The Browns had 68 yards at halftime and just four yards in the first quarter.

Jacksonville took an early lead when quarterback Blake Bortles connected with tight end Marcedes Lewis for a 10-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. That came after Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith jumped Kizer's pass to wide receiver Corey Coleman over the middle of the field.

Coleman, who returned to action for the first time since breaking his hand on Sept. 17, finished with six catches for 80 yards.

Despite Cleveland's offensive shortcomings, a young but promising defense kept them in the game. The Browns, who held the Jaguars to 284 and 6-of-20 on third down, put together an impressive stand before halftime when Josh Lambo missed 41-yard field goal with 35 seconds left in the quarter.

Another potential turning point came when the Browns strip-sacked Bortles early in the third quarter, one play after Cleveland muffed a punt in their own territory. Not long after that, linebacker Christian Kirksey sacked Bortles, ending a promising Jacksonville drive on the first play of the fourth quarter.

The Browns play the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11.

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