Browns vs. Chiefs -- Dec. 9 -- 1:00 p.m. ET
The Cleveland Browns open their final homestand of the 2012 regular season with the Kansas City Chiefs and their former head coach, Romeo Crennel.
Crennel coached the Browns from 2005-08 and posted a 24-40 mark in those four seasons after taking the position following his run as the defensive coordinator of the three-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. In 2007, Crennel led the Browns to a 10-6 record with quarterback Derek Anderson at the helm of the offense.
When the Browns last played the Chiefs at Cleveland Browns Stadium, the team unveiled the “Ring of Honor” around the upper bowl of the facility. However, the Chiefs spoiled the day and clinched a 16-14 come-from-behind victory with a fourth quarter field goal.
The Chiefs had more first downs (16 to 13), total yards (312 to 299) and did not fumble the football. Conversely, the Browns punted eight times, forced just six from the Chiefs and committed nine penalties for 78 lost yards.
Former Browns running backs Peyton Hillis and Jerome Harrison combined for just 68 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries.
Cribbs set a career high and led all Browns receivers with 74 yards and the one score on three catches, while tight end
Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassell struggled with two interceptions, but still completed 16 of 28 attempts for 176 yards. Browns defensive back
While Cassel fought through the turnovers, running back Thomas Jones gained 83 yards on 22 carries.
Last season, the Chiefs allowed their opponents to convert 291 first downs and 72 of 210 attempts on third down. They were outgained 5,333 to 4,973 in total yards, 2,112 to 1,893 on the ground and 3,221 to 3,080 through the air.
Kansas City also lost the time of possession and turnover battles. The Chiefs were minus-two in turnovers and threw 18 interceptions.
Individually, Cassell completed 160 of 269 attempts for 1,713 yards and 10 touchdowns against nine interceptions. He was sacked 22 times for 120 lost yards, but still had a 76.6 quarterback rating. In his absence, Tyler Palko completed 80 of 134 attempts for 796 yards with two touchdowns and seven turnovers.
Later in the year, former Denver Bronco and Chicago Bear Kyle Orton took over the starting job and completed 59 of 97 throws for 779 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Running back Jamaal Charles was only able to play in two games last season and with him out of the lineup, the Chiefs used a committee of rushers to move the football.
The veteran Jones gained 478 yards on a team-high 153 attempts, while Jackie Battle led the Chiefs with 597 yards and two touchdowns on 149 carries. The versatile Dexter McCluster gained 516 yards, scored one touchdown and averaged 4.5 yards over 114 rushes.
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe led the Chiefs in each of the major statistical categories. He caught 81 passes for 1,159 yards, five touchdowns and averaged 14.3 yards-per-reception. Steve Breaston, a free agent acquisition of the Chiefs, hauled in 61 passes for 785 yards and two touchdowns.
Linebacker Derrick Johnson made 131 total tackles, including 104 solo stops, two sacks and one forced fumble. While Johnson was the Chiefs’ surest tackler, defensive lineman Tamba Hali registered 12 quarterback sacks and four forced fumbles.
Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr each had four interceptions, while Flowers and Kendrick Lewis both returned takeaways for touchdowns.
Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor served as the University of Missouri’s offensive graduate assistant (1997-99) and later, the running backs and special teams coach (2000).
In addition to Crennel, the Chiefs have several former Browns on their roster.
Safety Abram Elam (2009-10), running back Peyton Hillis (2010-11), linebacker Leon Williams (2006-09), tight end Martin Rucker (2008-09) and quarterback Brady Quinn (2007-09) are all in Kansas City.
In 2010, Hillis ran for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns, en route to being voted onto the cover of Madden NFL 12, while Elam led the Browns in tackles during the 2009 season.
Quinn started 12 games with the Browns and completed 184 of 353 attempts (52.1 percent) for 1,902 yards and 10 touchdowns against nine interceptions.
Rucker caught two career passes for 17 yards, while Williams played in 46 games as a Brown.
Tight end Jake O’Connell (Miami of Ohio) and defensive back Donald Washington (The Ohio State University) went to college in Ohio.
Defensive back Kyle McCarthy (Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney High School), Quinn (Columbus/Dublin Coffman) and quarterback Ricky Stanzi (Mentor/Lake Catholic) are Ohio natives.
Kansas City defensive line coach Anthony Pleasant played with the Browns from 1990-95.
Wide receivers coach Nick Sirianni is a graduate of the University of Mount Union (formerly Mount Union College) in Alliance, Ohio, where he helped the Purple Raiders win back-to-back NCAA Division III national championships (2001-02). He caught 68 passes for 1,332 yards and 17 touchdowns during his time in Alliance.
Former Browns offensive coordinators Brian Daboll (2009-10) and Maurice Carthon (2005-06) are on Crennel’s staff. Daboll is the offensive coordinator and Carthon is the assistant head coach.
The Browns are 10-10-2 all-time against the Chiefs dating back to the first meeting between the teams, a 13-7 Kansas City home win on Nov. 14, 1971. The Browns are 7-3-1 all-time in home games against the Chiefs.
The Browns are 2-2-0 in their last four home games against Kansas City.
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