Chargers vs. Browns: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info, Game Time and More

Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 24, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 14: Starting quarterback Brandon Weeden #3, Head coach Pat Shurmur and wide receiver Josh Gordon #13 of the Cleveland Browns celebrate during the first quarter after Gordon scored a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns (1-6) are hosting the San Diego Chargers (3-3) in a midseason game that only truly has playoff implications for one of the participants.

It seems that the Browns are playing purely for pride at this point, but that is something they have no shortage of. Remember, this team is one drop away from a two-game winning streak and has hung around in every matchup.

Should the Chargers overlook them, this one is going to get ugly. Will the Bolts let that happen? Or will Philip Rivers and the rest of his team take care of business?

Keep reading to find out our prediction and much more.

Where: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

When: Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket

Listen: Online at NFL Audio Pass 

Betting Line: San Diego -3, Over/Under 44 (via


What’s at Stake?

The Chargers are attempting to get back over .500, a record they now stand at after losing their last two games before the Week 7 bye.

It certainly won’t be easy, especially on the road against this feisty Browns team. While Cleveland may have just one victory, the organization has been competitive in every contest it has participated in during the 2012 campaign.

Don’t think for one minute that the Browns will roll over when San Diego comes to town.


Injury Report (via CBSSports and ESPN)

Cleveland Browns

G Jason Pinkson, OUT, Lungs

CB Dimitri Patterson, QST, Ankle

WR Mohamed Massaquoi, OUT, Hamstring

RB Trent Richardson, QST, Ribs

LB Scott Fujita, OUT, Shoulder/Neck


San Diego Chargers

PK Nate Kaeding, OUT, Groin

Chargers Player to Watch: Philip Rivers

Rivers is having a bit of a down year, completing a solid 139-of-209 passes, but garnering just 1,492 yards and has an awful TD/INT ratio with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

The Bolts' signal-caller is certainly looking vulnerable, especially with his former top target Vincent Jackson now lighting it up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Will he break that slump in Week 8 against Cleveland?

We expect the Browns to do their best to take away Rivers’ already-limited passing options and force the Chargers to win this one on the ground.

Browns Player to Watch: Josh Gordon

Gordon is a highly exciting, but equally frustrating, playmaker to watch. He’s put together four touchdowns in the past three games, but dropped a surefire TD that would have won the game against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8.

His catch percentage certainly leaves something to be desired, as he’s hauled in just 14 of 36 targets on the year—a number severely impacted by his two-catch, 10-target performance against Indy.

Regardless, he’s Brandon Weeden’s new favorite target and it’s clear that the rookie QB trusts Gordon—especially deep down field. He’s going to keep throwing his way, regardless of whether the former Baylor star hauls them in or not. 

Prediction: Browns 21 – Chargers 17

It’s finally time for the Browns to pick up another W, which will be their second in the past three weeks—and could just as easily have been their third in a row if not for Gordon’s mishap.

The Bolts are a perplexing team that brings inconsistent performances to the table on a weekly basis. Expect Cleveland to capitalize on this and stun the Southern California-based franchise in front of the Dawg Pound.