The Browns return home on Sunday as they take on the New England Patriots in Week 5. Here are some nuggets about the contest, as well as how you can watch or listen to the game.
Game Time/Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM ET
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
TV Channel: CBS - Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) & Trent Green (analyst)
Local Radio: 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM), ESPN 850 WKNR, WNCX (98.5 FM)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass
Weather: 57 degrees (feels like 55). 0% chain of rain. Winds from N at 12 MPH.
Odds: Patriots by 11.5 points.
Per 506sports, the fans in the blue areas below will be able to watch the game on TV:
-The Browns will be wearing brown tops, brown pants, and brown socks.
-Per ESPN, the Browns have been the Patriots’ toughest opponent since 2010:
Browns and Patriots have played twice in past five years - it has not gone as you'd think, per ESPN stats & info. pic.twitter.com/GZSjYmv8Lb— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 4, 2016
-Former Browns playing for the Patriots include DE Jabaal Sheard and OLB Barkevious Mingo. Sheard is a key starter on defense, while Mingo is strictly playing on special teams. RB Dion Lewis is also on the club, but is currently sidelined as he recovers from injury.
-Ernie Adams, the Patriots’ Football Research Director, was an offensive assistant with the Browns from 1991-1995. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was Cleveland's head coach from 1991-1995. Tight ends coach Brian Daboll was the Browns' offensive coordinator from 2009-2010. Assistant special teams coach Ray Ventrone was a special teams ace for the Browns from 2009-2012.
-The Browns are leading the league in rushing yards (597) and rushing average (5.74). The Browns have rushed for 120 yards or more in four straight games for the first time since 2009. The team has also registered a rushing score in four straight games for the first time since 2012. RBs Isaiah Crowell (6.4) and Duke Johnson (6.2) are first and second in the NFL in rushing average. It marks the first time an NFL team had two running backs average at least 6.0 yards per carry (min. 25) since 1958, when Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Bobby Mitchell accomplished the feat for Cleveland.
-With 60 or more rushing yards, RB Isaiah Crowell would become the first Brown to have 60 or more rushing yards in the first five games of the season since Mike Pruitt in 1983.
-The last time these two teams was on December 8th, 2013 in Week 14 of the regular season at FirstEnergy Stadium, when the Patriots stunned the Browns 27-26. It was a game that Cleveland had dominated, and they had a 27-14 lead with under two minutes to go. That’s when the semi-screw job kicked in. Tom Brady heaved some passes down the sideline, and Cleveland was called for a couple of long pass interference penalties despite their not being any foul on the plays. That allowed New England to move into scoring range while taking no time off the clock.
With 1:01 to play, Brady found WR Julian Edelman for a 2-yard score. They then recovered an onside kick, and with 0:31 to play, got a go-ahead 1-yard touchdown pass to WR Danny Amendola to take the lead. Cleveland got in range for a 58-yard field goal attempt by K Billy Cundiff as time expired, but he didn’t have the distance.
Jason Campbell was the Browns' quarterback, going 29-of-44 for 391 yards and 3 touchdowns. This was the memorable game for WR Josh Gordon, when he out-ran CB Aqib Talib for an 80-yard score. Gordon finished the game with 7 catches for 151 yards and 1 touchdown. Tight end Jordan Cameron had 9 catches for 121 yards and 1 touchdown. Cleveland had no rushing attack on the day, with RB Willis McGahee having 14 carries for 33 yards.