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Patriots, Browns Key Matchups, Who Has the Razor’s Edge?

Steve Balestrieri
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5 years ago at 6:00 am ET
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Patriots, Browns Key Matchups, Who Has the Razor’s Edge?Ed Mulholland - USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots will play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

The game will be televised by CBS and can be seen locally on WBZ-TV Channel 4 in Boston. Greg Gumbel will handle play-by-play duties with Trent Green as the color analyst. Jamie Erdahl will work the sidelines. The game will also be aired on the Patriots flagship radio station 98.5 The SportsHub with Bob Socci and Scott Zolak on the call, produced by Marc Cappello.

The Patriots (3-1) lost to the Buffalo Bills 16-0 as the NE offense was shut out for the first time at home since 1993. Rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett got the start in lieu of Jimmy Garoppolo and couldn’t get the team into the end zone. The defense played soft and was gashed by both the Bills running and passing games.

The Browns (0-4) lost to the Washington Redskins 30-21 with a key play being the controversial “fumble” loss by Duke Johnson. Rookie QB Cody Kessler completed 28-40 passes for 223 yards with a touchdown and interception. Running back Isaiah Crowell ran for 120 yards on just 16 carries with a touchdown.

We here at PatsFans.com are continuing our “Razor’s Edge” column in 2016 to give some quick analysis on some of the key matchups of the game and what you can look for in how the game plays out.

Series History:
The Patriots and Browns are meeting for the 24th time on Sunday with Cleveland holding a 13-10 overall advantage all-time over the Pats. Most of the games took place in the days before Art Modell moved the franchise to Baltimore. Cleveland has always done well against NE at home holding a 9-4 edge. The last time the teams met in Cleveland in 2010, Peyton Hillis gashed the Pats for 184 yards and two TDs and Colt McCoy picked apart the defense in a 34-14 win.

The Patriots won the last meeting 27-26 back in 2013 when Danny Amendola scored on a touchdown pass from Tom Brady with 30 seconds left in the game. It was also the game Rob Gronkowski was injured. But very few members of that Browns team remain.

Here is a look at some of the key matchups and who holds the Razor’s Edge.

First up is the Patriots offense:


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