All week long the media talked about how easy the Browns schedule was remaining, especially the next three weeks. Well they fell into a major trap game, against the winless Jacksonville Jaguars and let me tell you the veteran players from Cleveland said they earned respect.
“We got our butts kicked,” Hoyer said after the 24-6 defeat, per The Plain Dealer. “You have to give credit where credit is due. Their defense, I talked about it all week long, probably could have been the toughest defense we were going against. They handed it to us and we just couldn’t get anything going. Offensively, we played definitely our worst game so far.”
The Browns were only able to gain 69 yards on the ground on 30 carries, and they were getting sacked like crazy by the second best pass rush in the NFL totaling 22 sacks.
“I said early in the week that this is the best defense we’ve played and everyone kind of snickered like ‘He’s just trying to pump ’em up,” said left tackle Joe Thomas. “Seriously, this is the best defense we’ve played so far. They sell out to stop the run. They’ve got great safeties that play in the box. They’ve got one of the best linebackers in the NFL (Paul Posluszny) and a tremendous front. We knew it was going to be very hard to run the ball. That really hurts our offense.”