Falcons-Browns Preview Capsule
ATLANTA (4-4) at CLEVEAND (2-6-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE — Falcons by 3
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Atlanta 3-5, Cleveland 4-4
SERIES RECORD — Browns lead 11-3
LAST MEETING — Browns beat Falcons 26-24, Nov. 23, 2014
LAST WEEK — Falcons beat Redskins 38-14; Browns lost 37-21 to Chiefs
AP PRO32 RANKING — Falcons No. 14, Browns No. 27
FALCONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (28), PASS (2).
FALCONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (28), RUSH (17), PASS (29).
BROWNS OFFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (9), PASS (23).
BROWNS DEFENSE — OVERALL (30), RUSH (29), PASS (27).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES __ Falcons have overcome numerous injures to win three straight and crawl back to contention. Atlanta has placed six players on injured reserve. ... QB Matt Ryan completed 26 of 38 passes for 350 yards and four TDs last week. Ryan completing 71 percent of passes, has 19 TDs, three INTs. ... WR Julio Jones had seven catches for 121 yards and one TD — his first in 12 games. With 13 yards Sunday, Jones will reach 10,000 in career and become fastest player to reach milestone, in 104 games. ... Rookie WR Calvin Ridley had six catches for 71 yards and TD last week. ... Falcons have converted league-high 53.3 percent on third downs. Only one other team (Indianapolis, 52.2) over 50 percent. ... Falcons rushed for 154 yards at Washington. ... Atlanta bolstered lackluster pass rush this week, signing free agent Bruce Irvin. Falcons have only 17 sacks. ... Falcons limited Redskins to 79 yards rushing last week. ... K Matt Bryant has missed past two games with hamstring injury. Giorgio Tavecchio is 11 for 11 on field goals and extra points. ... Browns have dropped four straight, and are 0-1 under interim coach Gregg Williams. ... Browns' .786 winning percentage against Falcons is team's highest against any opponent. ... Browns lost two defensive starters this week, placing LB Christian Kirksey and DB E.J. Gaines on injured reserve. ... Rookie QB Baker Mayfield completed season-high 29 passes last week and had two TDs for third straight game. ... Mayfield leads rookie QBs in average yards, completions, attempts, completion percentage. ... Browns RB Duke Johnson had best game of season last week with nine receptions for 78 yards and two TDs. ... Johnson may have expanded role under new coordinator Freddie Kitchens, his position coach. ... Browns still lead league with 23 takeaways — 10 more than last season. ... Browns DE Myles Garrett has team-leading nine sacks and 16 in first 20 NFL games. ... Fantasy tip: Browns may double-team Jones, which could free Ridley to have big day against banged-up Browns secondary.