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Here's a matchup to watch in Sunday's Browns-Jaguars game"
Browns WRs Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie and TE Evan Moore vs. Jaguars CBs Rashean Mathis and Derek Cox
Let's see if Cleveland opens up its passing game against a struggling Jacksonville pass defense, particularly with throws outside the numbers. The Jaguars are surrendering 272.3 passing yards per game, fourth-worst in the NFL. They have allowed 19 TD passes. Opponents are completing 67.8 percent of their passes against Jacksonville.
Mathis, who has made 109 career starts, struggled last week vs. Houston. WR Andre Johnson, one of the NFL's best, beat Mathis for a 60-yard reception off play-action early in the third quarter and scored a nine-yard TD later in the quarter after Mathis got caught looking in the backfield on another play-action pass. In the fourth quarter, Cox was beaten by Texans WR Kevin Walter on an 18-yard TD pass that tied the game with 4:19 left. All told, Johnson and Walter combined to catch 15 of the 17 passes thrown to them for 236 yards and the two scores.
Massaquoi was targeted just four times vs. the Jets in Week 10, catching two passes for eight yards, including the game-tying TD near the end of regulation. The previous week, he caught all four passes thrown his way by QB Colt McCoy, highlighted by receptions of 22 and 21 yards across the middle. Massaquoi has good speed, and should McCoy get another start — and with the coaching staff having more and more confidence in the rookie passer from Texas — perhaps the Browns will dial up some more downfield throws to the wideouts.
Robiskie is a starter, but he's not much of a factor in the passing game. He's been targeted just 19 times this season, with nine receptions, and he was not thrown to last week.
Moore, a former wide receiver, will split out wide occassionally, and his size, speed and leaping ability can cause matchup problems. He's caught 11 passes for 237 yards and a TD this season (21.5 ypc).