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Stopping the run. It is a novel idea in San Diego and one that has yet to be embraced. They should take a cue from the Cleveland Browns, who despite giving up a record setting performance to Jamal Lewis, have righted the ship and supplied the best run defense in the league since then. If the Chargers lose again this week, next week the press will be a nightmare.

The San Diego Chargers are well aware what lies ahead after their trip to the Dawg Pound. It's a date on "Monday Night Football" against the Dolphins.

An emotional rollercoaster matches former Chargers great Junior Seau against his old team. But the Chargers are more concerned that they don't enter the contest 0-6, which would make them an even bigger laughing stock on the national stage.

First the Chargers must get by the pesky Browns, winners of two straight. Winning just once is a feeling the Chargers can only dream about at this point. The Chargers have become the punch line for comics, have become the doormat other teams wipe their feet on. Teams look ahead to the Chargers and chalk up a win on the board.

But just how will the Chargers pull it off? The Browns are riding the running of William Green, as he's turned in consecutive 100-yard games in two weeks. And the Chargers always see red, when asked to stop someone's running game. Their No. 28 ranking in allowing 144 rushing yards per game is no mirage.

Green ran for 145 yards on 26 carries against the Raiders. The week before, he had 133 yards against Pittsburgh, but 26 of those came on a meaningless run on his 33rd and final carry.

Against Oakland, the Browns took over at their own 6-yard line with 8 minutes left and clinging to a 10-7 lead.

"We knew the game was on our shoulders and we had to produce," right tackle Ryan Tucker said.

Green ran for 14 and 20 yards to start the drive, then added carries of 6, 10 and 6 to move the Browns into field-goal range.

"That's the ultimate feeling, when you're out there and you know you're going to stuff it down their throat," right tackle Ryan Tucker said of the Browns' final drive. "When you know you don't have to pass, that you can run and get 5 and 6 yards and keep cranking it, the confidence is through the roof."

Green became the first Browns runner to run for 100 yards in consecutive games since Kevin Mack did it in November 1986. The Browns are 5-0 when Green runs for 100 yards.

"Green is really beginning to emerge," said an impressed coach Marty Schottenheimer. "He's starting to get his confidence as a runner, which is so important for any runner. And he has an ability to bounce it to the edge or cut it back. He's really got terrific vision."

The Browns are seeing their confidence soar after two wins behind Green and Tim Couch. The Browns would love to pound the ball on the ground against the Chargers as they've done the past two weeks, but their reshuffled line might make that impossible. The Chargers haven't put a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks, so Davis might let Couch air it out more than he did against the Raiders, who were determined to take away the Browns' downfield passing game.

Of course, the Chargers have yet to show they can stop the running game. It may be pick and choose for the Browns this week.

"They are obviously feeling a lot better about themselves and playing quite well," Schottenheimer said.

Stop the run is what the buzzword has been through the Chargers' bye week. The Chargers are well aware of their troubles there, and it is hampering their pass defense as well. The Chargers have returned to the drawing board to make sure each linebacker understands their assignments and responsibilities. Transferring that to the field, though, could be tough against the talented Green.

Did you know?

Butch Davis was a University of Miami assistant coach when Flutie threw his famous pass to Gerard Phelan while playing for Boston College.

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