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Here's a matchup to watch in Sunday's Jaguars-Browns game.
Jaguars place-kicking vs. Browns place-kicking
Both the Jaguars' Josh Scobee and the Browns' Phil Dawson have done their part to prop up their struggling offenses this season. Neither attack is known for its touchdown-scoring capabilities, making the contributions of Scobee and Dawson vital.
Scobee has knocked home 15-of-16 field goals, including all five from 50 yards and out. His first miss of the season came on Sunday, when he was wide right on a 45-yard attempt. All told, he has scored almost 48 percent of Jacksonville's points.
Dawson has connected on 16-of-19 field goals. Two of his kicks were blocked (both by Seattle's Red Bryant), and a 22-yarder that would have put Cleveland ahead vs. St. Louis late in the fourth quarter on Sunday was pulled well left after a snapping mishap ruined the timing of the attempt. Like Scobee, Dawson has been lights-out from long distance, hitting all six of his tries from 50 yards and further. He's scored about 45 percent of his club's points.
A look at the Sunday weatherunderground.com forecast for Cleveland shows a 37 percent chance of rain on game day, with winds of 9-13 mph out of the west-northwest. Game-time temperature is expected to be 52 degrees. It appears that the weather could be better in the afternoon than before the game. Cleveland Browns Stadium can be a challenging place to kick, particularly if the wind picks up, so that's something to watch.
Something else to watch: the Browns' execution on field goals. The Jaguars have a tough defense, and the Browns can't afford to make mistakes that potentially take points off the board.