JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP/WJW) — The Cleveland Browns kept their winning streak going today, taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars kicked a field goal in the first quarter, putting three points on the board. The excitement was short lived after Baker Mayfield threw a 5-yard pass to Jarvis Landry for the team’s first touchdown.
Safety Ronnie Harrison was sidelined after suffering a shoulder injury. The Browns announced on Twitter that he would not return to the game.
The Jaguars scored again in the second quarter with a field goal and touchdown, but the Browns were able to quickly boost their lead. Baker Mayfield threw a 9-yard pass to Austin Hooper for another TD.
The Jaguars scored again in the third quarter after Mike Glennon threw a 2-yard pass to Tyler Eifert. The momentum was halted when Cody Parkey kicked a 45-yard field goal.
Nick Chubb boosted the Browns lead in the fourth quarter with one-yard rush for a TD.
The score stayed at 27-25, with the Browns able to get another W.
The Browns (8-3) were without five players, including standout defensive end Myles Garrett, because of COVID-19 testing and contact tracing. Defensive ends Joe Jackson and Porter Gustin, linebacker Sione Takitaki and fullback Andy Janovich also didn’t play because of the coronavirus.
Adding to the team’s woes, top cornerback Denzel Ward didn’t make the trip because of a calf strain.
COVID protocols forced the Browns to close their facility for three straight days to conduct contact tracing, and coach Kevin Stefanski was unable to get his offense and defense on the field at the same time.
“Whether it is COVID stuff or injuries, you never want to have it, but you have to deal with it, especially this year,” quarterback Baker Mayfield said.
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