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By Mike Wilkening

The Browns played just about five full quarters of football last Sunday and lost in almost unfair fashion to the Jets, who, like so many other opponents this season, found shaking the Browns was easier said than done. 

Cleveland should be able to get into rhythm offensively against a shaky Jacksonville defense that is quite weak vs. the pass and can be run upon, too. Rookie QB Colt McCoy, in his fifth career start, could be ready for a career-best effort. He's faced several tougher defenses than this.

My major concern is with the Browns' defense, which was on the field for 47:08 vs. the Jets and will be without key OLB Scott Fujita (knee). The Jaguars' offense is playing very well, with QB David Garrard impressing with his accuracy. RB Maurice Jones-Drew, who can wear down defenses, has rushed for 100 yards or more in consecutive games. 

Can the Browns get enough stops? I'm not quite convinced. The demanding effort they made one Sunday ago might not take its toll early, but the effects might show up late. 

I'm looking for a relatively high-scoring effort and a close game, with the Jaguars prevailing by less than the Jets did. We know this: The Browns will play their game, and if Jacksonville isn't sharp, it will pay the price. However, it will have just enough to beat Cleveland. 

Prediction: Jaguars 27, Browns 24

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