May­field, high-pow­ered Browns take on stingy Colts

The Beaufort Gazette (Sunday) - - Sports - Quar­ter­back Baker May­field and the Browns’ high-pow­ered of­fense will face a tough Colts de­fense.

In­di­anapo­lis (3-1) at Cleve­land (3-1): The Browns might be for real. The Colts, too. We could find out on Sun­day, when In­di­anapo­lis vis­its Cleve­land. Both teams are win­ners of three in a row, and car­ry­ing ques­tions about who they have beaten.

The Browns were pum­meled by Bal­ti­more be­fore de­feat­ing Cincin­nati, Wash­ing­ton and Dal­las, com­bined record 3-8-1. Indy lost badly at Jack­sonville, then de­feated Min­nesota, the Jets and Chicago, com­bined record 4-8 headed into Week 5.

This matchup could prove some­thing, with Cleve­land’s dy­namic of­fense fac­ing the league’s most stingy de­fense.

“This will be our de­fense’s big­gest chal­lenge. You’ve got the No. 1 of­fense as far as run­ning the ball,” Colts coach Frank Re­ich said. “The other thing that they are No. 1 at is ex­plo­sive plays in the run game. We’ve got the No. 1 de­fense so this is what it’s all about. We’ll see how it stacks up.”

In­deed, said Browns quar­ter­back Baker May­field, who won’t have lead­ing rusher Nick Chubb (knee).

“They are a re­ally sound de­fense. They play to­gether. They are coached well. They hus­tle. You can see the ef­fort. They swarm to the ball.”

Philadel­phia (1-2-1) at Pitts­burgh (3-0): The Penn­syl­va­nia show­down matches two first-place teams. Yep, the Ea­gles are atop the wretched NFC East. Fans are al­lowed at Heinz Field for the first time this sea­son; ca­pac­ity will be capped at 5,500.

Las Ve­gas (2-2) at Kansas City (4-0): The Raiders have lost their past seven games at Kansas City. The Chiefs have won a fran­chise-record 13 con­sec­u­tive games, and 28 of their past 30 against the AFC West. Cincin­nati (1-2-1) at Bal­ti­more (3-1): Joe Bur­row has three straight 300-yard pass­ing games, a rookie record. But the

Ravens are 26-11 against the AFC North at home un­der John Har­baugh. Two pro­duc­tive kick­ers will be fea­tured: The Ravens’ Justin Tucker is 8 for 8 on field goals, and Cincy’s Randy Bul­lock is tied for the scor­ing lead with 45.

Mi­ami (1-3) at San Fran­cisco (2-2): The Niners are getting health­ier. Mi­ami is play­ing de­cently, outscored only 96-93. Los An­ge­les Rams (3-1) at Wash­ing­ton (1-3): Ron Rivera benched Wash­ing­ton’s sup­posed fu­ture star quar­ter­back, Dwayne Hask­ins, for Kyle Allen. The Rams at­tack is hum­ming be­hind Jared Goff. Min­nesota (1-3) at Seat­tle (4-0): De­spite a hole­filled de­fense, the Sea­hawks are off to a ter­rific start. Rus­sell Wil­son tied Pey­ton Man­ning’s record with 16 TD passes in the first four games of a sea­son. Min­nesota has dropped six in a row vs. Seat­tle.

New York Gi­ants (0-4) at Dal­las (1-3): The Cow­boys have won six straight in the se­ries, their long­est streak since win­ning 12 in a row from 1974-80. New York has trou­ble scor­ing and Dal­las can’t stop any­one. Ari­zona (2-2) at New York Jets (0-4): Things looked bright for the Car­di­nals; then they fell to Detroit and Carolina, not ex­actly play­off con­tenders. The Jets are a con­tender for the No. 1 draft choice. Jack­sonville (1-3) at Hous­ton (0-4): Bill O’Brien is out in Hous­ton, with Romeo Cren­nel be­com­ing the league’s old­est head coach at 73. Jack­sonville has dropped four straight to the Tex­ans.

Carolina (2-2) at At­lanta (0-4): A de­feat could send At­lanta’s Dan Quinn packing. Carolina has shown spunk un­der rookie coach Matt Rhule.

MICHAEL AINSWORTH AP

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