Week 13 Preview: Chiefs (7-4) at Browns (3-8)

The Chiefs have won five out of their last six games, and seven out of their last nine. They're 7-4 heading into December, second place in the AFC West and sitting on the top wildcard spot. The Chiefs have momentum going into Cleveland Sunday, and they must continue that momentum while taking care of business against the Browns.

Series History:

The Chiefs are 9-8-2 all-time against Cleveland in the regular season. The last meeting between the two teams was at Arrowhead Stadium in 2003, when the Chiefs won 41-20. The last meeting in Cleveland was in 2002, when the Chiefs pulled off a stunning, 40-39 victory. Kansas City is only 2-6-1 all-time in Cleveland.

Stats:

CHIEFS:

After only giving up 38 rushing yards to the vaunted Denver running game last week, the Chiefs improved to 12th in total defense (308) and 14th against the run (109). KC's pass defense is still playing spectacular, as they are 12th in the NFL (200). What's more impressive is the amount of points this defense is giving up. They only allowed 10 against Denver and haven't allowed a team to score over 17 points since the Seattle game. The Chiefs have the ninth-best scoring defense in the NFL, giving up only 18.6 points per game.

Offensively, the Chiefs have been running the football down team's throats. With quarterback Trent Green's recent return and the injuries to the offensive line, the passing game hasn't been hitting its stride lately, but the running game has been picking up the slack. The Chiefs are 15th in total offense (320) and sixth in the NFL in rushing offense (134). They are only 21st in passing offense (186). The Chiefs are 13th in scoring offense at 20.8 points per game.

BROWNS:

Cleveland's defense has had its moments, but it's still too inconsistent. Cleveland is 19th in total defense (333) and 25th against the run (133.5). Their pass defense isn't bad, but teams can still light their secondary up as Cincinnati did last week. They are currently 13th in the NFL against the pass (200). The Browns are giving up 21.6 points per game, good for 19th in the league.

Offensively, the Browns aren't much better. Cleveland is second to last in total offense (252), 30th in rush offense (80), and 25th in passing offense (172). The Browns have some weapons in wide receiver Braylon Edwards and tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., but they have been unable to move the ball consistently. They're only averaging 15.5 points per game, good for 30th in the NFL.

The Facts:

• Cleveland is 1-5 at home this season, and 19-43 at home dating back to 1999. The Browns are 1-14 at home in December since 1999.

• Cleveland has gone 32 consecutive games without scoring 30 or more points. Dating back to 2001, the Browns have been held to 10 points or less on 24 occasions, going just 1-23 in those games.

• Dating back to 2005, the Chiefs are 12-2 when posting a positive turnover mark, while Cleveland is 3-13 with a negative turnover mark since 2005. This season, the Chiefs own a +4 turnover mark. Cleveland owns a -11 turnover mark, giving the ball away 29 times already this season. Cleveland has lost 13 fumbles this season.

• Kansas City has held opponents scoreless in the first quarter this season six times. Cleveland has only scored 19 points in the first quarter all season, which is dead last in the NFL. Under head coach Romeo Crenell, Cleveland is just 2-12 when trailing at the half, while Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards is 5-1 this season when leading at the half.

• The Chiefs are the 4th best scoring defense in the NFL in the second half, giving up only 78 points after halftime this season. The Chiefs have been great at closing out games this season in the 4th quarter, owning a +31 scoring differential. Only San Diego, Dallas, New England and Chicago are better.

• Only Oakland has permitted more sacks than Cleveland this season (43) and only Pittsburgh has thrown more interceptions than the Browns (16).

Injury Report

CHIEFS:

OUT: RT Kevin Sampson (foot), DT James Reed (groin) PROBABLE: TE Tony Gonzalez (shoulder), LB Derrick Johnson (ankle) BROWNS:

DOUBTFUL: DE Orpheus Roye (knee) QUESTIONABLE: CB Leigh Bodden (ankle), RB Reuben Droughts (foot), DE Nick Eason (ankle), S Justin Hamilton (back), LB Willie McGinest (pectoral), S Brian Russell (elbow), LB Mason Unck (groin), TE Kellen Winslow (knee)

Weather Report:

CLEVELAND BROWNS STADIUM, CLEVELAND, OH, Dec. 3rd.

Forecast calls for snow showers at times, with highs in the mid 30s and lows in the mid 20s. There is a 30% chance of precipitation.

PREDICTION: Chiefs 27, Browns 16

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