2. Lean on Travis Etienne, don't abandon the run
Running back Travis Etienne is having a productive season despite the fact that the Jaguars have struggled to open lanes. The former Clemson Tiger is on pace to cross the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight year but he's gone from averaging 5.1 yards per carry in 2022 to 3.8 yards this season. Still, Etienne has managed to gain positive yardage, breaking 44 tackles, the second-best figure in the league.
Although Etienne popped up in the Week 14 Injury Report, he should be good to go. He had the same ailment last week and it prevented him from dressing. If Trevor Lawrence does play, the coaching staff needs to take some pressure off his shoulders. They can do so by getting Etienne and D'Ernest Johnson involved early. As noted before the issue is that the offensive line has been less than ideal when it comes to run blocking.
But even if Etienne or Johnson, who also appeared on the Injury Report, get minimal gains early on, the Jags must not abandon the run. Working in their favor is that the Browns aren't that great at stopping the run. While they rank first in the league in total yards surrendered, they're just 14th in rushing yards allowed and 24th in rushing touchdowns.
Now, the Jaguars don't have to total 200 rushing yards but they need to keep the Cleveland defense honest. By committing to the run, and bringing extra defenders into the box, Calvin Ridley, Zay Jones, and tight end Evan Engram will face more favorable coverage, which in turn could help Trevor Lawrence do a better job distributing the ball.