Browns vs Broncos

Browns vs Broncos:Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb, third in the NFL in rushing yards, will try to find holes in the Denver defense when the Browns face the Broncos on Sunday. (Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com)

Browns vs Broncos:Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb, third in the NFL in rushing yards, will try to find holes in the Denver defense when the Browns face the Broncos on Sunday. (Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com)

The Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns desperately need a win. One of the teams will likely feel a lot better after the Browns and Broncos face each on Sunday (1:25 p.m. PT/4:25 p.m. ET, CBS, DirecTV) in a Week 9 game.

What to Know

Denver will be in front of their home fans this weekend, but a projected 4-point deficit forecasts there might not be much to cheer about. They will square off against Cleveland at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday at Empower Field at Mile High. The Broncos have a defense that allows only 18.88 points per game, so Cleveland’s offense will have their work cut out for them.

Denver was close but no cigar last week as they fell 15-13 to Indianapolis. No one had a big game offensively for the Broncos, but they got one touchdown from RB Royce Freeman.

Meanwhile, Cleveland might not have won anyway, but with 85 yards lost due to penalties, they really shot themselves in the foot. They fell to New England 27-13. Like the Broncos, Cleveland didn’t have any clear offensive standouts, but they got one touchdown from TE Demetrius Harris.

Cleveland’s defense was a presence, and it made life painful for QB Tom Brady and got past New England’s offensive line for a total of four sacks for a loss of 43 yards. It was a group effort with four picking up one sack apiece.

With both teams hitting sour notes in their previous games, they will no doubt be looking to produce a better outcome in this one. Two stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Broncos rank third in the league when it comes to passing touchdowns allowed, with only six on the season. Less enviably, Cleveland is fourth worst in the NFL in passing touchdowns, with only six on the season. Cleveland fans had better hope their team can run the ball.

How To Watch

When: Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET
Where: Empower Field at Mile High — Denver, Colorado
TV: CBS
Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Ticket Cost: $77.00

Odds

The Browns are a 4-point favorite against the Broncos.

The line on this game has moved quite a bit since it opened, as it started out with the Broncos as a 1.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: 39

He acknowledged that “I’m not really satisfied with what’s going on. So I’m just going to work my butt off until I’m back starting.”

The Browns replaced him in New England last week with Justin McCray. But McCray earned a worse pass-blocking grade for that game by profootballfocus.com (38.3) than Robinson did in any of his 14 starts for the Browns at the position. McCray also earned an overall grade of 50.4, the 106th-best performance by a tackle in Week 8.

How McCray compared to Robinson

The Browns lost 27-13 and Mayfield was sacked five times. McCray surrendered one sack, four pressures and committed one of the Browns’ four false-start penalties.

The Browns will have to contend today with premier pass rusher Von Miller, tied for the team lead with four sacks. Fortunately for the Browns, the Broncos have only 17 sacks this season for 20th in the NFL.

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