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NFL Week 12 PFF ReFocused: Cleveland Browns 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 25

Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive guard Joel Bitonio (75) lands on Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Brandon Watson (40) as Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) runs the ball during the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The dynamic one-two punch of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt carried the Cleveland Browns to a 27-25 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Since Chubb’s return off of injured reserve in Week 10, the Browns offense looks like a completely different unit — and a quite dangerous one at that.

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Story of the Game

Baker Mayfield threw two touchdowns in the first half, snapping a three-game drought for the Browns’ quarterback. He finished 19-for-29 for 258 yards and two scores. More importantly, Jarvis Landry caught eight passes for 143 yards and a touchdown — his first game with 100 or more receiving yards since Week 12 of 2019. 

Nov 29, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) rolls out as running back Nick Chubb (24) protects during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The big play ability of the Browns’ backfield put Mayfield in position to complete both of his touchdown passes off of play-action. Even against Myles Jack — PFF's second-highest graded linebacker against the run (89.7) — the Jacksonville defense could not slow down Chubb and Hunt, who ripped off explosive runs for 29 and 27 yards, respectively. Chubb leads the league in running plays for 20 or more yards (10) despite missing four games. 

The Jaguars’ pass-rush never affected Mayfield, generating pressure on only 12.5% of his dropbacks (eight total pressures).

Rookie Watch

The Jacksonville offense looks like it has all the playmakers in place around the quarterback position with respect to guys like James Robinson and Collin Johnson. Robinson touched the ball 27 times today for 159 yards and a score. Johnson caught four passes for 96 yards. 

For the Browns, Jedrick Wills Jr. looks like a stalwart at left tackle — he surrendered nothing in pass-protection. 

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