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OPENING LINE — Patriots by 11½

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Cleveland 2-4; New England 5-2

SERIES RECORD — Browns lead 13-11

LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Browns 33-13, Oct. 9, 2016

LAST WEEK — Browns lost to Seahawks 32-28 on Oct. 13; Patriots beat Jets 33-0

AP PRO32 RANKING — Browns No. 23, Patriots No. 1





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Bill Belichick's first NFL victory came as Browns head coach in 1991 against Patriots. With win over Browns, he would earn his 300th victory (including playoffs). He's behind only Don Shula (347) and George Halas (324) on NFL's all-time win list. ... Cleveland 5-6 all-time against Patriots in games played in New England, including 0-3 at Gillette Stadium. ... Browns back from bye week as healthy as they've been all season. ... First-year coach Freddie Kitchens feeling some heat with team not reaching expectations so far. Matchup with Super Bowl champions seen as strong test of team's progress. ... Browns lost six of past seven games against Patriots since 2001. ... Browns QB Baker Mayfield coming off three-interception performance in loss to Seattle. ... Mayfield leads league with 11 picks and has 25 in 19 NFL starts. ... Browns RB Nick Chubb had 122 yards rushing against Seahawks and ranks second in AFC with 607 yards. Browns could lean on him more with Mayfield struggling. ... Chubb and Patriots RB Sony Michel were teammates at Georgia and are close friends. ... Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. had six catches for 101 yards last week as team made effort to get top playmaker more touches. ... Browns DE Myles Garrett has nine sacks this season, 29½ in 33 games. ... Browns expected to make changes on offensive line, with starting LT Greg Robinson most likely to be replaced. ... Browns have allowed 445 yards rushing in past two games. ... Starting CBs Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams expected back after missing past four games with hamstring injuries. ... Former Browns LB Jamie Collins (2016-18) having strong return with Patriots, with 4½ sacks, fumble return for TD. . Patriots can improve to 8-0 for third time in team history and first since 2015 (started 10-0). ... Will be without WR Josh Gordon after he was placed on injured reserve. ... Traded second-round pick in 2020 to Atlanta for veteran WR Mohamed Sanu in hopes of providing stability to offense that leads league in scoring at nearly 32 points per game. Sanu has 33 receptions for 313 yards and TD this season. ... With three TD passes, Tom Brady (251) can tie Drew Brees (254) for most TD passes in single stadium in NFL history. ... New England leads NFL in several defensive categories including fewest points allowed (48), total yards allowed per game (223.1), fewest yards per play (4.0) and fewest net passing yards per play (4.3). Patriots also allowing teams league-low 14.3 percent success rate on third down. ... Lead NFL with 18 interceptions this season. Through seven games, only three clubs in NFL history have had more INTs: 1996 Packers (20), 1986 49ers (19) and 1973 Steelers (19). ... With road shutouts in Week 2 (43-0 at Miami) and Week 7 (33-0 at Jets), Patriots are second team in NFL history to blank opponent on road by at least 30 points on multiple occasions in single season. Chicago Bears also did it twice in 1942. ... New England's plus-175 point differential second-highest through seven games in NFL history, trailing only 1920 Buffalo All-Americans, who had plus-218 margin through seven games. ... Patriots outscored opponents 70-7 in first quarter this season. . Including last season's playoffs, Patriots have had interception in eight consecutive games. ... S Devin McCourty has NFL-high five INTs. ... Fantasy tip: Brady has at least 400 yards passing and two touchdown passes each of past two meetings with Browns.


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