December 18, 2014

CLEVELAND (7-7) at CAROLINA (5-8-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE - Panthers by 3 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cleveland 8-6, Carolina 6-8

SERIES RECORD - Panthers lead series 3-1

LAST MEETING - Browns beat Panthers 24-23, Nov. 28, 2010

LAST WEEK - Browns lost to Bengals 30-0; Panthers beat Buccaneers 19-17

AP PRO32 RANKING - Browns No. 22, Panthers No. 21

BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (18), PASS (18).

BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (31), PASS (7).

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (12), PASS (17).

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (21), PASS (12).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Browns QB Johnny Manziel makes second career start. Manziel was 14th rookie quarterback to start for Browns. ... Browns have 16 touchdowns rushing, tied for third most in NFL. ... Browns are third in the NFL in takeaways with 27. ... DB Tashaun Gipson has six INTs, tied for most in NFL, but has missed three games with knee injury. ... Browns are only NFL team with two rookies with 500-plus yards rushing with Terrance West (579) and Isaiah Crowell (546). ... WR Josh Gordon has 1,904 yards receiving in last 18 games, but has struggled since returning from 10-game suspension. ... LB Paul Kruger leads Browns with 10 sacks. ... Derek Anderson is 2-0 as starting quarterback; Cam Newton is 3-8-1. ... Anderson has NFL's best QB rating (119.3) in fourth quarter, but if Newton is recovered from back injury after car crash, he'll play. ... Panthers are 28th in NFL in red zone offense. ... TE Greg Olsen has 20 receptions in last two games. Olsen needs 40 yards receiving for first 1,000-yard season. ... RB Jonathan Stewart has run for 313 yards and TD in last three games. ... WR Kelvin Benjamin is second among rookies with 952 yards receiving. ... DE Mario Addison is tied for team lead with career-high 6 1-2 sacks. ... Panthers are 0-2-1 vs. AFC North this year.

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