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Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles rushing against the Browns in 2010
Let's face it, the Chiefs are a one trick pony. However, that pony for Kansas City is a running back named Jamaal Charles and Cleveland must find a way to stop him.
The fifth-year RB ranks sixth amongst NFL rushers in 2012 and already broke the 1000-yard plateau.
As of late Charles has been especially deadly. No. 25 ran for over 100-yards in three of his last four games, which included busting up Carolina a week ago with 127 on the ground.
Luckily for the Browns their run defense has proven that it can contain feature backs.
Although they are shown in 16th place overall against the run, since the bye week Cleveland's 'D' has been turning heads.
The Browns have allowed 85 rushing-yards or less in their last three match-ups and only two touchdowns via the hand-off.
Also, don't forget about that epic effort versus Pittsburgh on November 25 when the orange and brown forced five fumbles on four different backs.
Charles will still likely put up good numbers because that's what upper echelon rushers do.
However, if Cleveland can control the 5'11, 199 pound beast early on then it will force the inconsistent Brady Quinn to throw.
A scenario Browns' defensive coordinator Dick Jauron would be much more comfortable with.
The infamous Peyton Hillis will be another ex-Brown to return to the shores of Lake Eerie this weekend.
This former Madden NFL video game cover boy was allowed to walk away as a free agent after a 2011 season plagued by suspect injuries and contract disputes.
Browns pro-bowl left tackle, Joe Thomas, pulled no punches when asked about his old teammate on Wednesday. "With him here (it) was toxic, and he didn’t want to be here and players didn’t want him here," he told the Plain Dealer
Hillis has been a non-factor since joining the Chiefs as a backup. Contributing 193-yards on 59 carries are not exactly stellar results from a man who was demanding a big money long-term deal in Cleveland.
Maybe the Arkansas native will receive a little more action than usual to see if he can be a spark plug; but don't count on him being a difference maker.