Chiefs vs. Browns: Preview, Key Matchup and Prediction

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent IDecember 4, 2012

Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and his team hope to pick up their third win of the campaign against the Cleveland Brown this Sunday.
Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and his team hope to pick up their third win of the campaign against the Cleveland Brown this Sunday.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

This Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Cleveland to take on the resurgent Browns in this AFC battle.

KC is coming off of one of the most emotional games they have had in franchise history, when they defeated the Panthers 27-21 last weekend in Kansas City.

The victory came in the wake of the murder-suicide of Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, Kassandra Perkins.

The team responded very well to the adversity that they faced last weekend, and they hope to build off that win with another solid performance this week in Cleveland.

Kansas City will be led by sixth-year quarterback Brady Quinn, who is coming off one of the best games of his career last week.

Quinn, the ex-Brown, might be playing with some extra fire on Sunday, since he will be going against the team that not only drafted him but also traded him away more than three years ago.

Look for him to target Pro Bowl wideout Dwayne Bowe early and often, as Bowe leads the team in receptions and receiving yards with 57 and 731, respectively.

As for KC's running game, they will be counting on the speedy Jamal Charles, who has already topped the 1,000-yard mark for the season, which is the third time he has accomplished that feat in his young career.

The Chiefs' offense should be able to put up some points against this Browns' defense, which gives up nearly 370 yards a game and has struggled in giving up the big play this season.


Cleveland will counter on offense with 29-year-old rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden.

The first-round pick has had an up and down first season in the NFL this year, as he has thrown for over 2,800 passing yards but has also been picked off 15 times as well.

He has three young playmakers that he likes to spread the ball around to in running back Trent Richardson and wideouts Josh Gordon and Greg Little.

The Chiefs' secondary should be tested throughout the game, since Weeden and the Browns like to air it out from time to time.


Key Matchup: Brandon Weeden vs. Kansas City's Secondary

Weeden against this secondary will easily by the biggest matchup in this Week 14 matchup. If Weeden has a huge day, then KC might not come out of Cleveland with the win. However, if the Chiefs can somewhat control Cleveland's passing game in this one, they should be able to overpower the Browns with Quinn and their rushing attack.


Prediction: Chiefs 21, Brown 17

Even though the Browns have won their last two games and have played well during that span, I see KC taking this game behind a steady dose of Jamaal Charles on the ground and a slowly improving passing game with Brady Quinn. I look for this game to be a dog fight all the way to the end.