The Cleveland Browns have been struggling this season under first year head coach Pat Shurmur. Yesterday's home game against Jacksonville was a must win for the Browns to maintain whatever slim hopes they might have at the post season.
Cleveland got another solid performance from quarterback Colt McCoy and a much needed strong performance on the ground from Chris Ogbannaya to hold off the Jacksonville Jaguars 14-10. McCoy completed 70 per cent of his passes for 199 yards and a touchdown while Ogbannaya ran for 115 yards on 21 carries and accounted for the Browns' other score.
Cleveland had a couple of opportunities to put the game away, but a Colt McCoy red-zone interception and a controversial miss on a field goal by Phil Dawson kept the Jags within striking distance. Jacksonville had a chance to win the game on the final play. With the ball resting at the Cleveland one yard line, coach Jack Del Rio eschewed running back Maurice Jones-Drew and put the ball in the hands of rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert's pass was incomplete, sending the Browns home with the win.
At 4-6, the Browns are three games out of the AFC North race and clinging ever so slightly to any wild card hopes. This weekend, they begin a murderer's row section of their schedule at Cincinnati followed by a home game against Baltimore and a trip to Pittsburgh.
The Steelers come off their bye week and will visit Kansas City Sunday night while the Ravens will host San Francisco in the "Harbaugh Bowl" Thanksgiving night. With both these teams tied at the top of the division and Cincinnati just a game behind, every game from here on out is crucial. And with several inter-divisional contests left, a lot can happen between now and the end of the season.
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