Browns-Colts: Game Info

Here's a short preview of today's game, with a prediction from NFL Scout. Also, links to the gameday thread on our forums as well as the Bernie's Insiders chat room. See you in the chat room at 1PM! GO BROWNS!!!

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET

GAMEDATE: 9/25/05

SURFACE: FieldTurf

TV: CBS, Don Criqui, Steve Tasker

SERIES: 25th meeting. Browns lead, 14-10. Oddly, the Browns have had more success against the Colts on the road than they have in Cleveland. They are 9-4 on the Colts' home turf, but only 3-3 in Indianapolis. This is their first game in the RCA Dome since their rebirth in 1999.

TALK ABOUT IT: Chat Room, Game Thread in the Watercooler. POST-GAME: Gameballs and Goats voting

2005 RANKINGS: Browns: offense 4th (26th rush, 2nd pass); defense 31st (29th rush, 30th pass). Colts: offense 20th (10th rush, 22nd pass); defense 24th (14th rush, 24th pass)

PREDICTION: Colts 31-17

KEYS TO THE GAME: Browns coach Romeo Crennel doesn't have the same personnel, but as the Patriots' defensive coordinator he was 6-0 against the Colts and limited QB Peyton Manning to nine touchdowns against 10 INTs. The Browns will move a lot before the snap and switch between man and zone coverage. But the real key will be limiting RB Edgerrin James early on and then keeping the Colts' high powered passing game in front of the corners. Cleveland will likely have to win the turnover margin handily because Indianapolis' improved defense has allowed 10 points through two games. The Colts are averaging 4.5 sacks, while the Browns' offensive line has yet to allow one. For that to continue, RB Reuben Droughns must be effective on the ground to avoid third-and-long situations for immobile QB Trent Dilfer.

FAST FACTS Browns: Dilfer is 27-9 in his past 36 starts. ... Have not allowed a sack in consecutive games for the first time since 1992. Colts: Manning has passed for two or more touchdowns in 57.0 percent of his career games (65 of 114), the highest percentage of all-time. ... Six-game home winnings streak is one shy of the franchise record set from 1998-99.

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