What can you say about this game?
Back in mid-September, Sunday’s Cleveland Browns-Jacksonville Jaguars game looked as if it would be the battle of two winless teams. The loser of this game would be declared the winner of The Teddy Bridgewater Bowl.
After 11 games, the Browns and Jags have proven not to be historically bad, but both sport sub-.500 records. With five games remaining, both are still in the hunt for that No. 1 pick. Thankfully, neither team has to deal with Tebow Mania.
So which team will mess things up and go out and win a few ball games in late November and into December?
Well, the Browns are off to a good start if they want to lose out, as the team returns to Brandon Weeden as its starting quarterback. Weeden is a key contributor to that 4-9 record. Sunday’s game will be Weeden’s fifth start this season.
A quick recap of Weeden’s starts in 2013:
Sept. 8 - LOSS to Dolphins 23-10
Sept. 15 - LOSS to Ravens 14-6
Oct. 3 - LOSS to Lions 31-17
Oct. 20 - LOSS to Packers 31-13
To borrow a line from Joakim Noah: “It has been bad, man. Really bad.”
Meanwhile, Jacksonville’s 0-8 start has turned into wins in two of its last three games. The Jaguars close their season with games against the hapless Browns, Bills and Texans, the Titans - who they beat Nov. 10 - and the inconsistent Colts. So what will prevent the Jags from getting win No. 3?
Jacksonville is currently ranked 32nd in offense (scoring 12.9 points per game) and 30th in defense (allowing 29.5 points per game). That’s 1999 Browns-level bad. This year’s version of the Browns at least has a respectable defense. Even with a guy like Weeden playing quarterback, the Browns should win this game.
Oh, but that is a lot of faith to be placed upon this quarterback.
Unfortunately for everyone involved, this game is in Cleveland. A loss to the Jaguars in front of Browns fans would be a tough pill to swallow. Just last Sunday, the Steelers once again came to Cleveland and made quick work of the Browns. To say it is getting old just doesn’t quite put the Steelers beat downs of the Browns in Cleveland in perspective.
It just sucks.
And now the Jaguars, who were on pace to be the worst team in the history of the NFL - yes worse than the 0-16 Lions - come to Cleveland playing better as of late while the Browns are starting Winless Weeden again.
A disaster is waiting to happen.
The Browns’ 24-18 win over the Ravens on Nov. 3 feels like ages ago. The team has returned to the late-season sadness we’ve become accustom around these parts. But a loss to the Jaguars? No. The Browns cannot allow this team to fall deeper in the depths of NFL craptitude by losing - at home - to the Jaguars.
It may cost the Browns a higher draft pick in May, but does that truly off set the embarrassment of losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars?
Shake off this perennial this late-season suckiness, Browns, and beat a team that is actually worse than you so least our final hours of a long Thanksgiving weekend won’t be a complete waste of time.