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A Quick Look: Indianapolis Colts @ Cleveland Browns

Intro: The Colts (8-4) will embark on their final quarter of the season by making a trip to Cleveland (7-5) on Sunday afternoon. The Colts have won six of their last seven games with Cleveland with all of those contests being decided by one possession.





INDIANAPOLIS – As if there wasn't enough storylines involved in the Colts trip to Cleveland this weekend.

The Johnny Manziel watch is in full effect this week after the rookie came in for a benched Brian Hoyer during the Browns loss to the Bills on Sunday.

Against Buffalo, Manziel was 5-of-8 for 63 yards with a lost fumble. His 10-yard rushing touchdown was the lone score of the day for Cleveland.

Hoyer had led Cleveland to the top of the AFC North but his recent play has forced head coach Mike Pettine to re-think his signal caller as the Browns search for their first playoff berth since 2002.

In the last three weeks, Hoyer has thrown six interceptions, completed right around 50 percent of his passes and hasn't had a quarterback rating higher than 62.

Whoever starts under center from the Browns, wide receiver Josh Gordon will be a key matchup, especially with Vontae Davis dealing with a concussion.

Since returning from suspension, Gordon has 29 targets in the last two weeks (15 catches for 195 yards).

Cleveland is relying on a pair of rookie running backs in Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell, both of who have rushed for at least 475 yards this year.

Offensively, the Browns rank 31st in the NFL in third-down conversions.

The Colts will see a talented Browns secondary on Sunday led by shutdown corner Joe Haden.

Cleveland leads the NFL with 17 interceptions and is fourth in red zone conversions allowed.

Sunday's contest marks the return to Cleveland for Colts players Mike Adams, Josh Cribbs, D'Qwell Jackson and Trent Richardson.

Colts assistant Rob Chudzinski was the Browns head coach last season.

With a win for the Colts on Sunday and a loss from the Texans in Jacksonville, Indianapolis would clinch the AFC South for a second straight season.

*2014 Record: *7-5, tied for 2nd in the AFC North.                 

*Head Coach: *Mike Pettine, 1st season as Browns head coach and 1st season as NFL head coach (7-5 overall regular season).

*2014 NFL Rankings: *Offense – Overall, 12th (362.6); Rushing, 14th (113.9); Passing, 12th (248.7). Defense – Overall, 18th (360.4); Rushing, 29th (132.5); Passing, 8th (227.9).

2014 Leading Passer: Brian Hoyer (222-of-395 comp., 3,056 yards, 56.2 pct., 11 TDs, 10 INTs).

*2014 Leading Rusher: *Terrance West (132 carries, 502 yards, 3 TDs).

*2014 Leading Receiver: *Andrew Hawkins (52 receptions, 718 yards, 2 TDs).

2014 Leading Sacker:  Paul Kruger (8.0).

2014 Turnover Breakdown:  Plus 6 (tied for 7th).

2014 NFL Draft Results:  The intrigue with the 2014 Browns draft was there all throughout the first round. Cleveland originally traded down from the No. 4 spot to No. 8 and selected Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert. With that trade, Cleveland was still in need of a quarterback. They made the splash of the draft at No. 26 when they took Johnny Manziel with the pick they acquired from the Colts last year. The Browns appeared to find a steal late in the third round with drafting running back Terrance West out of Towson.

*2013 Review: *For the 11th straight season, the Browns missed the playoffs. Under new owner Jimmy Haslam, Cleveland fired head coach Rob Chudzinski after just one season and then let go of general manager Michael Lombardi early in the offseason. The 4-12 season marked the sixth straight year that Cleveland lost at least 11 games. The Browns did have six Pro Bowlers last season.

Last time in Playoffs:  2002 season. Lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 36-33, in the Wild Card Round of the Playoffs.

*Last time in Super Bowl: *None.

*Super Bowl Championships: *None.

2014 Pro Bowl Selections: TE-Jordan Cameron, WR-Josh Gordon, CB-Joe Haden, C-Alex Mack, OT-Joe Thomas, S-T.J. Ward.

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