New Orleans Saints-Cleveland Browns Game Capsule
CLEVELAND (0-0-1) at NEW ORLEANS (0-1)
Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE — Saints by 7 ½
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Cleveland 1-0, New Orleans 0-1
SERIES RECORD — Browns lead 13-4
LAST MEETING — Browns beat Saints 26-24, Sept. 14, 2014
LAST WEEK — Browns tied Steelers 21-21; Saints lost to Buccaneers 48-40
AP PRO32 RANKING — Browns No. 27, Saints No. 13
BROWNS OFFENSE — OVERALL (20t), RUSH (2), PASS (27).
BROWNS DEFENSE — OVERALL (29), RUSH (28), PASS (28).
SAINTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (3), RUSH (31), PASS (1).
SAINTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (14), PASS (30).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Browns have won past two meetings and five of last six. … Browns seeking first win since Dec. 24, 2016. … QB Tyrod Taylor had 77 yards and TD rushing and TD passing in Browns debut last week. … Taylor passed for 56 yards, INT in last game against Saints with Bills in 47-10 loss in Week 10 last season. Taylor was benched by Bills following week. … Taylor’s INT rate of 1.45 percent is lowest in NFL history among QBs with 1,250 career attempts. … WR Jarvis Landry grew up between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, starred at LSU from 2011-2013. He had seven catches for 106 yards last week in Browns debut and is one of three WRs with 400-plus catches since 2014. … WR Josh Gordon had TD catch last week. … DE Myles Garrett had two sacks, his second career multi-sack game. He aims for fourth game in row with sack. … LB Joe Schobert had team-high eight tackles, two fumble returns in Week 1. … Rookie CB Denzel Ward had two INTs in NFL debut. … Saints QB Drew Brees completed 37 of 45 (82.2 percent) for 439 yards, three TDs, no INTs vs. Tampa Bay. He has 16 career games with at least 400 yards passing yards, most in NFL history. … RB Alvin Kamara had 141 scrimmage yards (112 receiving), three TDs (2 rushing) in Week 1, first game since being voted 2017 Offensive Rookie of Year. … WR Michael Thomas had Saints single-game record 16 catches last week for 180 yards, TD. … WR Ted Ginn Jr., CB Marshon Lattimore grew up in Cleveland area, starred at Ohio State. Lattimore played for Ginn Jr.’s father at Glenville High School. … Saints DB Justin Hardee was Lattimore’s teammate at Glenville High. … Ginn Jr., had 68 yards receiving, TD in Week 1. … LB Demario Davis led Saints with eight tackles in New Orleans debut. He had 99 tackles, two sacks with Browns in 2016. … Fantasy Tip: Kamara appears to have picked up where he left off last season and was Saints’ go-to player near end zone in both run and pass game. He also had more action that usual with RB Mark Ingram serving four-game suspension.
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