Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Four Downs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Four Downs

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Times-Union Jaguars writer Ryan O'Halloran breaks down four keys to Sunday's game at Cleveland:

FIRST DOWN

STOPPING THE RUSH

The Jaguars' defense allowed 161 yards rushing per game during their 0-8 start. But in the past three games, that average has been 58.0 yards per game (83 by Tennessee, 14 by Arizona and 77 by Houston). For the Jaguars to make it three consecutive road wins, this trend needs to continue against a Cleveland offense that has one - yep, ONE - rushing touchdown this year and is ranked 29th in the NFL in rushing.

SECOND DOWN

MJD'S SURGE, PART 2

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew had a season-high 144 all-purpose yards last week (84 rushing and 60 receiving). While his curtailed playing time in the hope of keeping him fresh makes his first 100-yard rushing game of the year seems a lofty goal, what is realistic is keeping Jones-Drew a big part of the offense, particularly the passing game. …

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