Wayne Larrivee's Packers-Browns Scouting Report I: Inside the matchup

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About the Browns (0-12):

Cleveland is coming in off a 19-10 loss to the Chargers in Los Angeles. They have lost 4 games by three points or less this season. 

Since the revival of NFL football on the shores of Lake Erie in 1999, the Browns have consistently been in the outhouse of the league. They have fashioned an 88-212 record under eight head coaches and one interim coach, with only 2 winning seasons (both 9-7).

No team has started 0-13 in back to back seasons since the 1970 merger!

Last year, the Chargers were 5-9 and a 4 ½-point favorite when they journeyed to Cleveland and lost, 20-17. 

The Browns, 0-14 at the time, haven’t won since. They are 1-27 under Jackson and the Moneyball-styled front office led by former baseball executive Paul DePodesta.

Just one team, the Detroit Lions of 2008, have finished 0-16 since the 16-game regular season was instituted in 1978. After Sunday, Cleveland hosts Baltimore before closing on the road at Chicago and Pittsburgh.

The Browns welcomed back wide receivers Josh Gordon in the 19-10 loss to the Chargers Sunday and Corey Coleman, a first-round draft choice, in Game 10. 

In addition, rookie tight end David Njoku had his best receiving game Sunday, giving Kizer a trio of athletic targets.

About the Packers (6-6):

Coming off a 26-20 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Packers trail the 8-4 Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks and the 7-5 Atlanta Falcons in the race for a Wild Card playoff berth.  

Green Bay is tied with Detroit at 6-6, four games behind the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. The Vikings currently hold the top seed in the NFC.

Twice in the last five years, the Packers have made the playoffs when they were .500 or worse record heading into week 14.  
In 2013 the Packers were 5-6-1 and finished 8-7-1 to win the division; last year they were 6-6 and went on to win the division with a 10-6 mark.

The Packers are 2-3 on the road this season, losing at Atlanta, Minnesota, and Pittsburgh. The Packers are 54-39 (.581) on the road during the Mike McCarthy era. That is the second best mark in the NFC and 4th overall.

This is the Packers' first trip to Cleveland since 2009 a 31-3 Packers win in Week 7.  The Packers are 6-4 in Cleveland, winning three of the last four.

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