Browns finish a game with 0 penalties for the 1st time in 55 years, but still fall to 0-10

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The Browns are still winless, but at least there’s a moral victory to take from another loss.

The Cleveland Browns couldn’t find enough offense to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars and get in the win column, but the team had an impressive stat anyway by avoiding penalties altogether Sunday.

The last time the Browns finished a game with zero penalties was nearly 55 years to the day when the team defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 38-14, on Nov. 18, 1962. In that game Jim Brown ran for 79 yards and four touchdowns, but the Browns didn’t find nearly as much offensive success against the Jaguars.

DeShone Kizer passed for 179 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions, and two back-breaking fumbles in the final minutes. The rushing attack of Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson combined for only 28 yards rushing.

But the Jaguars didn’t score nearly enough to comfortably run away with the game. Blake Bortles passed for just 154 yards, and even though Leonard Fournette became the first running back to top 100 yards against Cleveland, the rookie running back never broke free for a big touchdown.

Ultimately, the Browns are 0-10 now, so it’s hard to take too many moral victories from another loss, but a disciplined, penalty-free game that was competitive against a good team like the Jaguars isn’t the worst result.

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