WHO: Browns at Jets
WHERE: The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, N.J.
WHEN: Today, 4:15 p.m.
RECORDS: Browns 7-5; Jets 3-9
LAST WEEK: Browns lost to Cardinals 27-21; Jets beat Dolphins 40-13
SERIES: Browns lead 11-7
SERIES AT NEW YORK: Browns lead 3-2
LAST MEETING: Browns won 20-13 on Oct. 29, 2006, in Cleveland
COACHES: Romeo Crennel is 17-27 with Browns and overall; Eric Mangini is 13-16 with Jets and overall
TV/RADIO: Channel 19, with broadcasters Dick Enberg and Randy Cross; WMMS 100.7-FM, WTAM 1100-AM
NFL RANKINGS (OUT OF 32 TEAMS): Browns – offense 6th (16th rushing, 9th passing), defense 32nd (28th rushing, 30th passing); Jets – offense 28th (19th rushing, 25th passing), defense 25th (29th rushing, T-11th passing)
BROWNS UPDATE: WR Braylon Edwards had a career-high 149 yards vs. the Cardinals. He has 62 catches for a career-high 1,043 yards and 12 touchdowns. He will tie Gary Collins` franchise mark for TDs in a season with one more.
l The Browns have scored 336 points (28 per game) and are on pace for 448, which would set a franchise record. The 1964 championship team scored 415.
l QB Derek Anderson is 7-7 in his career as a starter. He and Jets QB Kellen Clemens grew up in Oregon and played against each other in high school and college.
l The Browns have allowed 16 sacks, tied for second-fewest in the league.
l Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer coached together in San Diego. Chudzinski was the tight ends coach and Schottenheimer the quarterbacks coach.
l S Sean Jones got his fourth interception last week.
l The Browns rush defense is giving up 4.63 yards per carry,
31st in the league.
JETS UPDATE: Clemens is last in the AFC with a 61.5 rating. He`s 2-3 as a starter and has completed 50.8 percent of his passes.
l The Jets haven`t had a 300-yard passing game this year from Clemens or predecessor Chad Pennington.
l K Mike Nugent has made 10 field goals in a row, which follows a streak of 23 straight earlier in the year.
l Mangini and Crennel were defensive assistants together in New England.
l In their win over the Dolphins, the Jets didn`t let Miami into the red zone.
l The Jets are 3-0 when winning the turnover battle.
l The Jets have been penalized 116 times since the start of 2006, the lowest total in the NFL.
l After totaling nine sacks in the first nine games, the Jets have 13 in the last three.
l RB Thomas Jones, who is 10th in the league with 838 yards, scored his first touchdown last week.
l LB David Harris was named defensive rookie of the month. He has 58 tackles in five starts.
BROWNS INJURY UPDATE: Questionable: WR Tim Carter (illness), TE Steve Heiden (ankle), DL Ethan Kelley (knee), LB David McMillan (knee), LB Antwan Peek (knee), DL Orpheus Roye (knee), CB Eric Wright (knee); Probable: RT Kevin Shaffer (knee), DE Robaire Smith (neck)
JETS INJURY REPORT: Doubtful: WR Jerricho Cotchery (finger); Questionable: WR Laveranues Coles (ankle), TE James Dearth (foot), C Nick Mangold (calf), DL Dewayne Robertson (knee); Probable: TE Chris Baker (back), WR Chris David (shoulder), TE Joe Kowalewski (shoulder), WR Brad Smith (back), WR Wallace Wright (thigh)
THE PICK: The Browns can`t afford to stumble – so they don`t. Browns 27-20.
KEYS TO THE GAME
There will be no overlooking special teams in this game. Cleveland`s Joshua Cribbs (31.2 yards, three touchdowns) and New York`s Leon Washington
(30.6, two) are the top two kickoff returners in the league and will have a major impact on the outcome.
Cribbs is taller and more powerful, while Washington counters with elusiveness and explosiveness. Both also return punts, and the coaching staffs must decide if it`s worth it to kick deep and risk a huge return that could swing the momentum.
Cribbs will have a little more to say about the outcome, as he leads the Browns with 17 special teams tackles and will be gunning to shut down his fiercest competitor for the Pro Bowl.
General manager Phil Savage has continuously said that a hungry Jamal Lewis is a good Jamal Lewis. Well, it`s time to feed Lewis.
The 245-pound running back has averaged 4.3 yards a carry in the last three weeks and loves this time of the year, when the weather turns cold and defenders don`t like to tackle. The Browns have struggled on the road in the first quarter (two turnovers last week), so an early dose of Lewis could stabilize the offense and get him into a flow. The Jets rank 29th versus the run (141.1 yards per game), but held Pittsburgh`s Willie Parker to 52 yards and the Miami Dolphins to 37 yards within the last three weeks.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Browns receiver Braylon Edwards
vs. Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis
Edwards went over the 1,000-yard mark last week with a career-best 149 yards. He has 62 catches for 1,043 yards, a 16.8 average and 12 touchdowns – all career highs – and will be a strong candidate for the Pro Bowl.
Revis, the 14th pick in April, will most likely draw the assignment and give up 4 inches to Edwards. Revis has started all 12 games and has 75 tackles, two interceptions, four pressures and eight passes defensed. The Browns really liked him on draft day but couldn`t pull off a trade to move back into the first round to get him.
Browns outside linebacker
vs. Jets left tackleÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â D`Brickashaw Ferguson
It`s been a frustrating year for the first-round picks in 2006.
Wimbley, the 13th pick out of Florida State, has just four sacks, one in the last six games. He`s come close a number of times, but has little to show for it. Ferguson, the fourth pick out of Virginia, has been inconsistent and has received criticism from some in the national media.
This looks like a good chance for Wimbley to bust loose. The Jets have allowed 35 sacks, including 20 of Kellen Clemens, who will start his sixth game. If Wimbley can get on a roll in December, that would be a big boost for the struggling defense.