Browns vs. Chiefs: Keys of the game

By Stephanie Storm
Beacon Journal sports writer

1. The Chiefs have the No. 5 rushing offense in the league with 146.7 yards per game. Running back Jamaal Charles ranks second in the AFC in rushing yards per game (87.9) and total yards from scrimmage yards per game (104.6). He has 1,055 yards on 222 carries this season. His three rushing touchdowns have all come on runs of 10 yards or more.

2. Turnovers could play a crucial role in the game. The Chiefs are last in the league with a minus-21 turnover differential but were turnover free in last Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers. The Browns are tied for eighth in the league with a plus-7 turnover differential.

3. The Browns offensive line has been a strength for most of the season, but it is coming off one of its weakest pass-protection efforts of the season. Against the Oakland Raiders last week, rookie Brandon Weeden absorbed 10 quarterback hits and took one sack. After the game, Weeden conceded that he was hit more than in any other game in his life.

4. Weeden can help himself by concentrating on being more accurate with his passes, especially early in the game. Last week during the Browns’ first drive, he overthrew tight end Ben Watson on consecutive plays, the second of which was intercepted. Later in the second quarter, Weeden was hit as he threw, and the underthrown pass intended for wide receiver Josh Gordon was intercepted. He has 15 interceptions and 13 touchdowns this season. Weeden finished the game with a Browns rookie record of 364 passing yards but won’t often be able to turn a two-interception game into a victory.

5. The Browns need to build on their fourth-quarter drive last week that was capped by running back Trent Richardson’s 3-yard touchdown. The Browns have settled too often this season for Phil Dawson field goals in the red zone, so the 14-play, 94-yard drive that sealed the 20-17 win in Oakland could provide the foundation for further success in a tight game.


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