Moving on: Browns host Chiefs and their high-powered offense

Kansas City leads NFL with 36.3 scoring average this season

Daryl Ruiter
November 03, 2018 - 7:03 pm
Pat Mahomes, Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs touchdown

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Cleveland (92.3 The Fan) – Hue Jackson is out, Gregg Williams is in – for now.

Life goes on for the 2-5-1 Cleveland Browns after the ninth coaching change was made since 1999 and the fourth under the Haslam ownership since 2012 this past week while the road gets tougher.

The 7-1 Chiefs roll into town with the most prolific offense in the NFL that averages over 36 points per game and features four of the elite players at their positions this season in quarterback Pat Mahomes, tight end Travis Kelce, running back Kareem Hunt and receiver Tyreek Hill.

Mahomes has been incredible in his first season as the starting quarterback in Kansas City. He leads the NFL with 2,526 passing yards and 26 touchdowns, third all-time in league history behind Tom Brady (30 in 2007) and Peyton Manning (29 in 2013) through eight games.

Kelce, a Cleveland Heights high school product, leads the NFL in yards after catch since entering the league in 2013 and he is tops in the league in receiving yardage dating back to the start of the 2016 season.

Hunt, who went to Willoughby South High School, led the NFL in rushing yards as a rookie last season and finished third in total scrimmage yards. He is averaging 4.4 yards per carry this season while rushing for five touchdowns and catching 5 more TD passes in 2018.

Hill is averaging 17 yards per reception, leads the NFL with 11 catches for 25 yards or more and has caught seven touchdowns this season.

There is no poison for Williams’ defense to pick Sunday.

The Chiefs are fast, strong and lethal and it’ll be up to Baker Mayfield and the Browns offense to keep up against a below average Chiefs defense that is ranked 31st giving up over 432 yards per game and allows nearly 26 points per game.

The last time Mahomes and Mayfield met on the field it resulted in one of the most incredible college football games in history with Mayfield’s Oklahoma Sooners prevailing over Mahomes and Texas Tech 66-59 in Oct. 2016. Mayfield threw for 545 yards and seven touchdowns. Mahomes threw for 734 yards – on 88 attempts – and five touchdowns while both teams amassed exactly 854 yards of total offense.

So buckle up, with an interim head coach and offensive coordinator, this one could get wild Sunday. 

Last week – Chiefs beat the Broncos 30-23, Browns lost to the Steelers 33-18

Last time – Dec. 27, 2015 Chiefs 17, Browns 13

Series – Chiefs lead 11-21-2; since 1999 Chiefs lead 5-3  

Rankings – Points per game: Chiefs 1 (36.25), Browns 24 (21.1)

Total yards per game: Chiefs 3 (425.2), Browns 24 (342.4)

Rushing per game: Chiefs 14 (114.9), Browns 9 (127.4)   

Passing per game: Chiefs 4 (310.4), Browns 24 (215.0)

Points allowed per game: Chiefs 21t (25.6), Browns 24 (26.2)    

Defensive yards allowed per game: Chiefs 31 (432.4), Browns 28 (414.5)

Run defense: Chiefs 25 (127.6), Browns 28 (138.9)

Pass defense: Chiefs 29 (304.8), Browns 26 (275.6)  

Turnover ratio: Chiefs 7t (+5), Browns 1 (+11)

Projected starters – Offense: WR Jarvis Landry, TE Darren Fells, LT Desmond Harrison, LG Joel Bitonio, C JC Tretter, RG Kevin Zeitler, RT Chris Hubbard, QB Baker Mayfield, TE David Njoku, WR Rashard Higgins, RB Nick Chubb

Defense: DE Myles Garrett, DT Larry Ogunjobi, DT Trevon Coley, DE Emmanuel Ogbah, WILL Genard Avery, MIKE Christian Kirksey, SAM Jamie Collins, CB Denzel Ward, CB Damarious Randall, FS Briean Boddy-Calhoun, SS Jabrill Peppers

Injury report – Out: LB Joe Schobert (hamstring)

Questionable: S Damarious Randall (groin), WR Rashard Higgins (knee), WR Antonio Callaway (ankle), LT Desmond Harrison (illness)

Expected to play: C JC Tretter (ankle), TE David Njoku (knee), CB Tavierre Thomas (abdomen), WR Da’Mari Scott (shoulder), CB E.J. Gaines (concussion), RT Chris Hubbard (toe), RB Duke Johnson (back), OL Austin Corbett (foot)

Broadcast information – Radio: 92.3 The Fan, 98.5 WNCX and the University Hospitals Cleveland Browns radio network. TV: WOIO TV-19 (CBS)

Kickoff – 1:03 p.m. FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio  

Prediction – Chiefs 41, Browns 27