A few misfires brought Baker Mayfield's inconsistency to the forefront again Sunday, but the Browns and their starting quarterback still had more bright moments than letdowns against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Browns did just enough to escape what would have been a huge upset and prevailed 27-25 at TIAA Bank Field to stay on track in their quest to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
At 8-3, the Browns earned their best record through 11 games since they started the 1994 season 9-2. They defeated the Jaguars for the first time since Nov. 20, 2011, snapping a three-game skid in the series, and they're now 3-0 against AFC South opponents for the first time in a season since 1988.
Running back Nick Chubb rumbled for more than 100 rushing yards for the third week in a row after the Pro Bowler had missed four games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Chubb finished with 144 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries (7.6 average).
Wide receiver Jarvis Landry caught eight passes for 143 yards and a touchdown. The five-time Pro Bowler posted his first 100-yard game and caught his first TD this season.
Mayfield went 19-of-29 passing for 258 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He posted a passer rating of 116.7.
Every bit of the offensive production was needed to hold off the Jaguars (1-10) while the Browns played for the first time this year without both of their top two defenders – star end Myles Garrett (COVID-19) and standout cornerback Denzel Ward (strained calf). Entering Week 12, Garrett was tied for the NFL lead with 9.5 sacks and Ward led the league with 15 passes defensed.
Starting for the first time since Sept. 28, 2017, quarterback Mike Glennon went 20-of-35 passing for 235 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He had a passer rating of 96.7.
The Browns could have made the ending of the game less dramatic, but they missed chances earlier in the fourth quarter.
On third-and-inches from the Jacksonville 21, Mayfield rolled to his right and threw behind wide open running back Kareem Hunt. What should have been an easy first down turned into an incomplete pass with 5:42 remaining.