Cleveland Browns @ New Orleans Saints: Game Preview

CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-5) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-2)

SERIES

BROWNS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

11-4

STREAKS

3 of past 4

COACHES VS. OPP.

Mangini: 0-0

Payton: 1-0

LAST WEEK

L 28-10 at Steelers

W 31-6 at Buccaneers

LAST GAME

9/10/06: Saints 19 at Browns 14.  New Orleans defense holds Cleveland to 186 total yards in winning effort.  Saints K John Carney connects on all 4 FG attempts in victory.

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/24/02: Browns 24, Saints 15.  Cleveland RB William Green rushes for 114 yards & 1 TD as Browns never trail in game & hold off New Orleans for road win.

BROADCAST

CBS (12:00 PM CT): Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots.  SIRIUS: 129 (Cle.), 126 (NO).  XM: 103 (NO).

STATS

PASSING

Delhomme: 33-60-324-1-4-48.2 OR

Wallace: 63-100-693-4-2-88.5 OR

McCoy: 23-33-281-1-2-80.5

Brees: 163-231-1,673 (1C)-12 (1C)-6-97.6 (3C)

RUSHING

Hillis: 88-391-4.4-4

Ivory: 44-277-6.3-0

RECEIVING

Watson (TE): 29-318-11.0-2

Colston: 30-340-11.3-0

OFFENSE

305.8

368.2

TAKE/GIVE

-4

-1

DEFENSE

349.0

301.5

SACKS

Benard: 3.5

Ellis: 3

INTs

4 tied: 1

4 tied: 1

PUNTING

Hodges: 44.8

Morstead: 46.9 (1C)

KICKING

Dawson: 28 (10/10 PAT; 6/8 FG)

Hartley: 26 (11/11 PAT; 5/9 FG)

 

NOTES

BROWNS Club has 7-2 record at NO...Breaux Bridge, La. native QB JAKE DELHOMME spent 1st 5 seasons of career w/Saints (1998-02).  In past 3 as starter, QB SENECA WALLACE has completed 47 of 69 passes (68.1 pct.) for 464 yards w/3 TDs vs. 1 INT & 95.3 passer rating.  Rookie QB COLT MC COY (3rd round, No. 85) had 80.5 passer rating in NFL debut last week...RB PEYTON HILLIS has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) & needs 1 to surpass career-high of 6 in '08...WR MOHAMED MASSAQUOI has 2 TD catches in past 3 vs. NFC...TE BENJAMIN WATSON (196) needs 4 rec. to reach 200 career.  Watson aims for 5th straight game w/5+ rec.  TE EVAN MOORE averages 22.4 yards per catch in '10 (9 rec., 202 yards)...Rookie S T.J. WARD (2nd round, No. 38) leads team w/48 tackles...Rookie CB JOE HADEN (1st round, No. 7) had 1st career INT last week...LB SCOTT FUJITAspent 4 seasons w/NO (2006-09)...

SAINTS QB DREW BREES is 3-0 in career as starter vs. Cle.  Has won 8 in row vs. AFC (incl. SB).  In those 8, has completed 189 of 268 (70.5 pct.) for 2,244 yards with 15 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 108.2 rating.  Since start of 2008, has completed 523 of 745 (70.2 pct.) for 6,437 yards with 54 TDs vs. 11 INTs for 114.6 rating at home (incl. playoffs).  Since 2006, Saints are 29-6 (.829) when he has 100+ rating (min. 10 att.), incl. playoffs...RB CHRIS IVORY had career-high 158 rush yards (10.5 avg.) last week.  RB PIERRE THOMAS has 618 scrimmage yards (103 per game) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in past 6 vs. AFC (incl. SB)...WR MARQUES COLSTON aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with TD catch.  Had 1st career TD vs. Cle. (9/10/06).  In past 3 starts vs. AFC, WR LANCE MOORE has 21 catches for 289 yards (96.3 per game) & 2 TDs.  WR ROBERT MEACHEM had 42-yard TD last week & aims for 3rd in row with 35+ yard TD...S ROMAN HARPER had sack in only meeting.  Had 2 FFs last week.  DE WILL SMITH had sack in last game vs. Cle.  DT SEDRICK ELLIS aims for 4th in row at home with sack.

 

SHOCK VALUE:  New Orleans Saints tight end JEREMY SHOCKEY has 494 career receptions, 10th all-time among tight ends. 

With six receptions this Sunday against Cleveland, Shockey can become the eighth tight end in NFL history with 500 receptions

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

RECEPTIONS

Tony Gonzalez

Chiefs, Falcons

1,026*

Shannon Sharpe

Broncos, Ravens

815

Ozzie Newsome

Browns

662

Jason Witten

Cowboys

546*

Kellen Winslow

Chargers

541

Antonio Gates

Chargers

510*

Frank Wycheck

Redskins, Titans

505

 

Jeremy Shockey

Giants, Saints

494*

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