Game four preview for the Cleveland Browns vs. San Diego Chargers

The Browns travel to sunny California to try and get back in the win column against the San Diego Chargers.

October 4, 2015

Cleveland Browns (1-2) vs. San Diego Chargers (1-2)

Qualcomm Stadium, California

4:00 p.m. ET Kickoff

Local Television: CBS, Channel 19

Play-by-play: Steve Tasker Analyst: Steve Beurlein Sidline: Scott Kaplan

Cleveland Browns Radio Network

Flagship stations: 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM), ESPN 850 WKNR, WNCX (98.5 FM)

Play-by-play: Jim Donovan Analyst: Doug Dieken Sideline reporter: Nathan Zegura

 

Cleveland Browns:

Record: 1-2

2015 leaders:

 Rushing: Isaiah Crowell (37-128, 3.5, 1 TD)

 Passing: Josh McCown (33-57, 390, 2 TD)

 Receiving: Travis Benjamin (10-249, 24.9, 4 TD)

 

San Diego Chargers:

Record: 1-2

2015 leaders:

 Rushing: Melvin Gordon (44-190, 4.3)

 Passing: Philip Rivers (76-102, 890, 5 TD)

 Receiving: Keenan Allen (29-315, 10.9, 2 TD)

 

Last Meeting:

10/28/12 Browns 7, Chargers 6 in Cleveland

 

Projected Browns Starting Line-up:

Cleveland Browns  
OFFENSE    
WR 16 Andrew Hawkins
LT 73 Joe Thomas
LG 75 Joel Bitonio
C 55 Alex Mack
RG 77 John Greco
RT 72 Mitchell Schwartz
TE 82 Gary Barnidge
WR 83 Brian Hartline
QB 13 Josh McCown
RB 34 Isaiah Crowell
FB 44 Malcolm Johnson
     
DEFENSE    
RE 94 Randy Starks
NT 98 Danny Shelton
LE 93 John Hughes
OLB 99 Paul Kruger
MIKE 56 Karlos Dansby
WILL 58 Christian Kirksey
OLB 51 Barkevious Mingo
CB 22 Tramon Williams
CB 23 Joe Haden
FS 39 Tashaun Gipson
SS 31 Donte Whitner
     
SPECIAL TEAMS    
P 8 Andy Lee
K 6 Travis Coons
H 8 Andy Lee
KR 15 Marlon Moore
PR 11 Travis Benjamin
LS 47 Charley Hughlett

 

Injury Report:

Questionable: Shaun Draughn, Tashaun Gipson

Probable: Justin Gilbert, Josh McCown, Mitchell Schwartz, Travis Benjamin, Karlos Dansby, Joe Haden, Johnny Manziel

Out: Scott Solomon, K’Waun Williams, Craig Robertson, Desmond Bryant, Robert Turbin

 

Interesting Notes:

- TE Gary Barnidge set career highs in receptions (six) and receiving yards (105), while adding a 28-yard touchdown against Oakland (9/27). It marked his first 100-yard game and fourth career touchdown.

-  LT Joe Thomas has played every Browns offensive snap since he was selected by the club in the first round of the NFL draft in 2007. While appearing in 131 career games, Thomas has played in all 8,095 offensive snaps, the longest active stretch in the league. RT Mitchell Schwartz has not missed an offensive snap since joining the Browns as a second-round pick in 2012 and neither has LG Joel Bitonio, a second round pick in 2014.

- LB Karlos Dansby led the team with nine tackles against Oakland (9/27) and is leading the team this season with 25.

- P Andy Lee is leading the NFL with a 47.6 net punting average and is second with an average of 54.3 yards per punt. Lee, a three-time Pro Bowler, was acquired by the Browns this offseason from the 49ers for a conditional draft pick.

- QB Josh McCown Could join Otto Graham, Brian Sipe and Brian Hoyer as the only Browns QBs to throw for 300 yard in consecutive games.


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