Opponent: Cleveland Browns

2010 record: 0-1, lost season opener to Tampa Bay 17-14.

Last year’s record: 5-11, fourth in the AFC North.

Record for the last five seasons: 29-51, with four finishes in last place in the AFC North.

Last appearance in the playoffs: 2002, wildcard team that lost first-round game to Pittsburgh 36-33.

Owner: Randy Lerner, inherited the team when his father Alfred Lerner passed away in 2002. A lawyer by education, Lerner has been involved in high finance and is also the owner of the Aston Villa soccer team in the Premier League of English soccer.

General Manager: Mike Holmgren, first season in charge of the Browns. He sat out the 2009 season, after spending the previous 17 years as an NFL head coach with Green Bay and Seattle, winning a Super Bowl after the 1996 season with the Packers.

Head coach: Eric Mangini, second season with Browns (5-12); five seasons as NFL head coach (28-38).

Coordinators: offensive coordinator Brian Daboll; defensive coordinator Rob Ryan; special teams coordinator Brad Seely.

Roster overview: The Browns have relied on free agency and trades as much as they have draft choices in recent seasons. Their 53-man roster has 10 players signed as unrestricted free agents and nine players acquired in trades. They have 16 draft choices, three players claimed on waivers and 15 free agents. Former first round draft choices on the roster are LT Joe Thomas (’07), C Alex Mack (’09) and CB Joe Haden (’10).

Quarterback: Jake Delhomme is in his season in the NFL and his first with the Browns. The 35-year old former college free agent out of Louisiana-Lafayette. He signed with the Saints in 1997 and spent six seasons with the Saints. He signed in 2003 as a free agent with Carolina and spent seven seasons as the Panthers starting quarterback. He was released after the ’09 season and signed by the Browns.

Offensive threats: RB Jerome Harrison has become the running back engine for the Browns, especially after his 286-yard performance last season against the Chiefs. WR Mohamed Massaquoi is the most explosive receiver on the roster and former Patriots first-round choice Benjamin Watson is the starter at tight end.

Defensive stars: OLB Scott Fujita (left) signed as a free agent after gaining his Super Bowl ring with the Saints. CB Eric Wright was drafted in 2007 (2nd-round) and CB Sheldon Brown was acquired in a trade with the Eagles earlier this year – it gives the Browns one of the best CB duos in the league.

Special teamers: Returner Joshua Cribbs is well known to the Chiefs, after he returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns at Arrowhead Stadium last December. Cribbs has 10 return touchdowns, two on punts and eight on kickoffs, which makes him the career leader in NFL history.

By the numbers: After one week, No. 13 in offensive yards, 16th in rushing and 12th in passing; No. 12 in yards allowed on defense, 23rd in rushing and 15th in passing; minus-1 in turnover ratio; plus-3 in sack ratio; minus-3 in scoring ratio.

Top ’10 draft picks: CB Joe Haden/Florida (1st) as nickel back, S T.J. Ward/Oregon (2nd) is the starter at safety, QB Colt McCoy/Texas (3rd) No. 3 QB, G Shawn Lauvao/Arizona State (3rd), backup at RG.

Familiar faces: Fujita, selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft, he spent three seasons with the team before leaving in free agency before the 2005 season and signing with Dallas.

7 Responses to “Opponent: Cleveland Browns”

  • September 16, 2010  - Brandon says:

    We have a good chance at a W, but we need to make no assumptions about this team.

    Any Given Sunday™ applies now more than ever.

  • September 16, 2010  - Joshua says:

    Good point this team won’t lay down and play dead; we’re going to have a dog fight on our hands. Hopefully Cassel and the WR’s have a better game this time so that the burden to win isn’t on Defense and ST’s alone.

  • September 16, 2010  - Justin says:

    Let’s hope we can keep focus and not get full of ourselves – like Cassel said: this is not our superbowl. I also look for Cassel and WR’s to get some work this week.

  • September 16, 2010  - Todd says:

    I don’t understand why we are 2 point underdogs in Vegas on this game, nor do I understand why all 3 of the INFL (showtime) hosts pick Cleveland. Can someone tell me what I’m missing?

  • September 16, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    Todd, its called the midwest! And we still haven’t proven anything in the national media eyes! I think they are all waiting to get on board!

  • September 16, 2010  - Edward says:

    This game is just as if not more important than the Chargers game. Reason being Cleveland in all honesty are less talented team than we are and if we’re truly going to be a good team this yr we have to win the games you suppose to win. Especially against an inferior team. So we have got to get this one.

  • September 17, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    Edward, Agreed! Cleveland is the type of team on our schedule that we HAVE to beat to have a chance. Every game is more important than the last one! Looking @ the 1st half of our schedule compared to 2nd half and Clevelad becomes a must win!

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