Pan­thers (6-6) at Browns (4-7-1)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - Week 14 Matchups - Jeff Ris­don

T .... Pitts­burgh .... 21-21 (OT) L .... at New Or­leans .... 21-18 W ......... N.Y. Jets ......... 21-17 L ...at Oak­land ... 45-42 (OT) W ..... Bal­ti­more ..... 12-9 (OT) L ...... L.A. Charg­ers ...... 38-14 L .at Tampa Bay .26-23 (OT) L ...... at Pitts­burgh ...... 33-18 L ........ Kansas City ........ 37-21 W ........... At­lanta ........... 28-16 Nov. 18 ............... Bye .............. W ...... at Cincin­nati ...... 35-20 L ........ at Hous­ton ........ 29-13 Dec. 9 .......... Carolina .......... 1 Dec. 15 .... at Den­ver .... 8:20 Dec. 23 ........ Cincin­nati ........ 1 Dec. 30 ..... at Bal­ti­more ..... 1

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TV: Fox

Danny Sheri­dan’s odds: by 1

Pan­thers’ keys to vic­tory: Carolina has to shake out of its road funk. The Pan­thers lost four of their first five on the road and strug­gle to run the ball in road games. RB Chris­tian McCaffrey and the rush­ing at­tack av­er­age 96 yards per game on the road, nearly 70 yards less than at home. Finding suc­cess against an ag­gres­sive Cleve­land front seven, per­haps with some de­signed roll­outs for QB Cam New­ton, could change that. On de­fense, LB Luke Kuechly and his mates need to con­tain dy­namic rookie RB Nick Chubb. Cre­at­ing a take­away or two, some­thing the Pan­thers have strug­gled with re­cently, will also help. Rookie CB Donte Jack­son (four in­ter­cep­tions) is a key.

Browns’ keys to vic­tory: The offense is de­signed around QB Baker Mayfield’s abil­ity to cre­ate big plays. The im­pres­sive rookie needs to take shots with play­mak­ers like TE David Njoku and RB Duke Johnson. P Brit­ton Colquitt is hav­ing a great sea­son in­di­vid­u­ally, but the rest of the spe­cial teams have not played well. The cov­er­age and re­turn units need to make a pos­i­tive im­pact to help the Browns win the bat­tle of spe­cial teams and pre­vent big plays. A sack or two from DE Myles Gar­rett would make life more difficult for the Pan­thers.

Matchup to watch: Pan­thers RB McCaffrey vs. Browns LB Joe Schobert. The ver­sa­tile McCaffrey can score from any­where. Schobert is al­ways around the ball.

Who wins? Some­thing spe­cial is brew­ing in Cleve­land and the Pan­thers have a bad track record on the road this year.

Browns, 30-24 Pan­thers

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