BEREA - As the Browns head to Foxboro for this week's game with the undefeated New England Patriots, they are not given much of a chance to win. Most betting lines have the Patriots favored by more than two touchdowns.
New England is currently the second-ranked offense in the NFL behind quarterback Tom Brady and Randy Moss. Brady has 13 touchdowns and only two interceptions, while Moss has 31 receptions for 505 yards and seven touchdowns.
Add to that, the top-ranked defense in the NFL and solid special teams and you have a recipe for disaster.
Romeo Crennel knows it will be no small feat to go on the road and defeat the Patriots.
"It's a challenge," he said. "That's why you play the game. That team has to prove they can win. You prepare yourself the best you can and go out and play."
Kamerion Wimbley agreed.
"It's going to be a challenge," Wimbley said. "They have a lot of good players and a good team. It will give us an idea on what we have to do to improve to be at that level.
"We just want to win, whether we're the underdogs or not."
With that being said, the players don't seem to be intimidated by the Patriots.
"We still have to line up and go out and play," Eric Steinbach said. "That is how this league is. The Patriots trademark is that they're prepared every week."
The word ‘mistake free' was echoed in the Browns' locker room from both sides of the ball.
"We have to play mistake free football on the road," Steinbach said. "It's hard to play mistake free football, but it can be done."
"We have to have a good game plan and execute it without mistakes," Orpheus Roye said.
Derek Anderson and the offense will be going up against a very good defense.
"We have to be smart and be patient to take what they're giving us," Anderson said. "You can't do more than that or it turns into a mess."
The Patriots are disciplined on defense and have not allowed big plays.
"Their defensive is very disciplined," Braylon Edwards said. "The individuals sacrifice for the good of the whole and play well as a team."
The task is formidable, but the Browns feel they are up to it.
"The Patriots are probably playing the best in the league," Edwards said. "We respect them, but we feel we can play with them."
Romeo's Call: Crennel was asked if he ran the defense or if Bill Belichick was calling the shots while Crennel was the defensive coordinator under Belichick with the Patriots and their run for three Super Bowls.
"He let me do all of it," Crennel said. "I made the game plan and I installed it."
Injury Update: LB Antwan Peek (foot), DL Orpheus Roye (knee), P Dave Zastudil (back),OL Eric Steinbach (stinger) and TE Kellen Winslow (shoulder)are on the injury report. Crennel said Steinbach and Winslow will be limited, but everyone else is in good shape.
On Tucker: Crennel gave his take on OL Ryan Tucker and the possibility of him being activated.
"Ryan's back in the building and trying to assimilate back into the schedule," Crennel said. "He's excited to be back. We'll see where he is and go from there."