Romeo Crennel led the team to its last winning season, a 10-6 performance in 2007 that shocked the NFL. Since that season Crennel has struggled as a head coach.
Brady Quinn and Peyton Hillis, former city of Cleveland heroes and starters for the Browns, will also be donning the red and gold for the Chiefs in Week 14..
The Browns have shown some signs of life after an 0-5 start. They have won consecutive games for the first time this season and won four of their last seven matchups.
Kansas City ended its eight-game losing streak by holding onto a late lead against the Carolina Panthers last week at Arrowhead Stadium.
Where: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
When: Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL Direct Ticket
Betting Line: Cleveland (-6), according to Covers
Kansas City Injury Report via CBS Sports (as of 12/4/2012)
|DB Kendrick Lewis||Shoulder||Unk.|
Cleveland Injury Report via CBS Sports (as of 12/4/2012)
|DB Dimitri Patterson||Ankle||Questionable|
|DB Raymond Ventrone||Calf||Questionable|
|DB Usama Young||Head||Questionable|
What's At Stake?
Neither of these teams are very good and both are basically playing for the future at this point in the season. Better draft position will be a consolation for the loser of this matchup, but neither are really shooting for something like that.
Winning and pride is the on the line. Cleveland has come out as of late and really laid it all on the line to get back some small amounts of pride for its habitual losing franchise.
Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles
The matchup for Charles is a good one this week. Cleveland has had some decent games in stopping the run but also some big lapses. That has put the team at the middle of the road for fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs (15 FPG).
Charles has been the lone bright spot of an otherwise inept Chiefs offense. He has run for over 100 yards five times and is coming off three of those performances in his last four games.
Cleveland RB Trent Richardson
Like the Browns, the Chiefs have been inconsistent and susceptible to being beaten by the run this season. They are giving up an average of 17 fantasy points per game to opposing rushers.
Richardson is the fifth-ranked fantasy running back due to his central role in the Browns' offense as well as his dual-threat ability as a pass-catcher. He also has a knack of getting into the end zone. That's key because that ability is the lone thing going for the Browns' red-zone offense.
What They Are Saying
Jeff Schudel of The News-Herald broke down the improvement of the Browns this season.
The Browns are 2-3 in the AFC North. It is the first time they won more than once in the division since 2007, when they were 3-3. They conclude the season with a division game in Pittsburgh on Dec. 30.
Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer made an interesting observation about the success of second-round supplemental draft pick Josh Gordon.
Among rookies, Gordon ranks first in receiving yards (646) and receptions for 20 yards or longer (12), is tied for first in receiving TDs (5), tied for sixth in scoring (30) and is sixth in receptions (34). His average of 19.0 yards per catch is the third-highest among all NFL players with at least 20 receptions.
Brady Quinn had an impressive performance last week against the Carolina Panthers. How impressive? ESPN Stats & Info broke it down:
Brady Quinn's 97.6 Total QBR in Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers was the highest by a Kansas City Chiefs quarterback in a single game in the past five seasons. He was 8-of-9 on 3rd down and 6-of-7 for 132 yards on passes traveling at least 15 yards beyond the line-of-scrimmage.
Key Matchup: Browns pass rush vs. Brady Quinn
Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel have been sacked a combined 26 times this season. That's a middle-of-the-road stat that puts them at 14th in the NFL for sacks allowed.
After starting out strong, the Browns' pass rush has weakened over the last two weeks and it has fallen to 13th in the league with 29 on the season.
Getting heat on Quinn in passing situations will be key to getting off the field on third down. That, in turn, will keep Jamaal Charles on the bench and that's important for the Browns' defense.
Despite the Browns being favored to topple the Chiefs at home, this game will be a lot closer than it may seem. The Chiefs typically play games conservatively and that's a big proponent of the game plan in Cleveland as well.
As good as Kansas City and Cleveland could potentially be, both teams still aren't there quite yet. Brandon Weeden and the Browns' offense has been getting better each week. Expect a big statistical performance again from the unit but another narrow win for the Browns.
Browns 20, Chiefs 14