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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 12/9/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




KANSAS CITY (2 - 10) at CLEVELAND (4 - 8)
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Week 14 Sunday, 12/9/2012 1:00 PM
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KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-10-5.85-77-515.76.9338.1(5.2)2.726.813.6349.2(6.3)0.9
Road Games1-4-1.42-33-216.04.4354.2(5.2)2.628.811.6343.6(6.4)1.2
Last 3 Games1-2-0.22-11-214.09.7301.0(5)0.722.014.0387.3(6.6)0.3
Grass Games1-9-7.44-66-414.47.7312.5(5)2.626.313.2352.4(6.3)1.0
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)15.76.919.731:6033-147(4.5)19-3259.5%191(6)65-338(5.2)(21.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.
Offense Road Games16.04.420.433:2633-152(4.6)20-3656.4%203(5.7)69-354(5.2)(22.1)
Defense (All Games)26.813.617.728:4728-129(4.7)17-2860.3%220(7.9)56-349(6.3)(13)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.812.419.930:1226-105(4.1)22-3662.6%249(7)61-354(5.8)(14.9)
Defense Road Games28.811.616.028:2727-129(4.8)16-2759.4%214(8.1)53-344(6.4)(11.9)
KANSAS CITY - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.90.71.6213-539.1%1-049.0%3-59(23.2)22-2(9.6)6-51
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-438.0%0-075.0%2-51(25.7)2-18(10)5-40
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.61.6 13-539.4%1-046.4%2-61(24.8)19-2(8.9)6-53
Stats Against (Road Games) 12-540.7%0-00.0%2-39(19.5)2-25(11.5)5-40

CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-8-3.86-44-819.19.1319.3(5.2)1.622.111.6367.7(5.4)2.2
Home Games3-3+0.34-22-417.77.7259.3(4.3)1.718.311.5337.8(5)3.2
Last 3 Games2-1+12-01-220.012.0341.3(5.3)1.318.05.7330.3(5.1)3.3
Grass Games4-3+1.34-22-518.08.0290.1(4.8)1.718.110.3350.9(5.2)2.9
CLEVELAND - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.411.22030:0127-118(4.3)21-3462.0%231(6.7)61-348(5.7)(14.9)
Offense Home Games17.77.715.228:4127-100(3.7)17-3352.8%159(4.9)60-259(4.3)(14.7)
Defense (All Games)22.111.621.832:3128-116(4.1)25-4062.4%252(6.4)68-368(5.4)(16.6)
Opponents Offensive Avg.2311.720.230:2626-108(4.2)23-3761.5%248(6.7)63-356(5.7)(15.5)
Defense Home Games18.311.518.731:1829-111(3.8)22-3859.0%227(5.9)67-338(5)(18.4)
CLEVELAND - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-537.3%1-066.7%3-61(20.2)2-26(12.3)8-65
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.71.7 13-538.9%1-057.0%3-70(24.1)22-2(10.1)7-55
Stats Against (Home Games) 14-533.7%1-050.0%3-61(20.3)3-29(10.3)8-67
Average power rating of opponents played: KANSAS CITY 20.6,  CLEVELAND 20.3
KANSAS CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/14/2012@ TAMPA BAY10-38L5L39.5O30-8022-38-180224-14515-26-3182
11/1/2012@ SAN DIEGO13-31L7L41O30-11319-29-176426-12318-20-2162
11/12/2012@ PITTSBURGH13-16L12W39U35-14211-26-148129-9516-32-1541
12/9/2012@ CLEVELAND            
12/16/2012@ OAKLAND            
12/30/2012@ DENVER            

CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/21/2012@ INDIANAPOLIS13-17L1L46.5U17-5525-41-264037-14816-29-1731
10/28/2012SAN DIEGO7-6W3W40.5U33-13311-27-117034-11718-34-1481
11/18/2012@ DALLAS20-23L7W43.5U33-11920-35-192121-6335-50-2571
12/2/2012@ OAKLAND20-17W-3T40U30-12225-36-353217-8534-54-3441
12/9/2012KANSAS CITY            
12/23/2012@ DENVER            
12/30/2012@ PITTSBURGH            
KANSAS CITY: Even though new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. are more versed in power blocking, they apparently lured RT Eric Winston from Houston by promising more of a zone scheme. It fits with their personnel and shouldn't be a major transition. Jamaal Charles is the starter as soon as he proves he's healthy, and the Chiefs will run a lot of single-back, two-tight end stuff. Peyton Hillis should take at least a third of the reps at tailback and could be closer to a 50/50 split if Charles is slow to recover from his torn ACL. Hillis will see some time at fullback. There will, however, be certain game plans where Dexter McCluster plays more snaps than Hillis. One of Hillis' big roles will be in the red zone, where he figures to get carries near the goal line. Under Daboll, things should be opened up a little more for Matt Cassel this year. K.C. will likely spread things out, whether it be with three receivers or two tight ends, and go with more quick throws. Dwayne Bowe remains the No. 1 target while Steve Breaston is more of a catch-and-run guy who could thrive in this offense. He'll slide to the slot with Jonathan Baldwin playing outside when they go three-wide. Tony Moeaki will likely see his role scaled back slightly with the use of more three-wide sets. Kevin Boss will be used sparingly as a pass catcher, and the backs will be used frequently as check-down options. The Chiefs' 2011 defense was unspectacular, experiencing a drop in production across the board except for six more interceptions than in 2010. Kansas City does have some upside with a talented and blossoming defensive line and pass-rushing LB Tamba Hali (12 sacks in 2011). LB Derrick Johnson is a solid run-stopper on the inside who didn't get much of a shot before the arrival of Romeo Crennel, but he's been excellent in two years since. He was one of four NFL linebackers to reach triple digits in solo tackles in 2011. The most promising development in regards to this defense for 2012 is the fact that young star strong safety Eric Berry's knee should be 100 percent after he missed essentially all of 2011 once he tore his ACL in the season opener. He's excellent in pass coverage and able to contribute in run support.
CLEVELAND: In a perfect world, head coach Pat Shurmur would make this offense much more pass-heavy, but rookie Trent Richardson is his best offensive player by a wide margin. They'll continue to pound the ball between the tackles on early downs, and Richardson can stay on the field for three downs. There's not a lot of creativity with this running scheme, some man blocking and inside zone runs. If Montario Hardesty is able to keep his roster spot this season, he will likely spell Richardson on early downs when necessary. Veteran Brandon Jackson will probably split third down reps with Richardson. The red zone reps will be Richardson's, as everything Cleveland does in the red zone is based on the run. Like Shurmur, new offensive coordinator Brad Childress comes from the Andy Reid coaching tree, so there will be no big changes. With Brandon Weeden starting, this will continue to be a classic West Coast attack, so Greg Little will continue to see the majority of passes. TE Benjamin Watson is the default No. 2 over the middle of the field, while Mohamed Massaquoi's lack of separation skills relegate him to being an infrequent target. They also find uses for No. 2 TE Evan Moore, who can stretch the middle of the field. They'll run some screens for Richardson. In the red zone, they rarely look outside the hash marks when they throw, instead trying to isolate Moore one-on-one or looking for Josh Cribbs to win a battle over the middle. Cleveland actually allowed the fifth-fewest points in the league and finished 10th in total defense last year, but the Browns don't make enough big plays necessary to compensate for what's been a weak offense. Manning the middle after Cleveland's switch to a 4-3 defense was D'Qwell Jackson, whose 116 solo tackles were the most anyone in the NFL has had since 2007. The best player on this unit is DE Jabaal Sheard, who dominated as a rookie, playing every down and piling up six sacks in his final seven games. He may see more double teams now, but he'll continue to be a force who's always on the field. Many figured Ahtyba Rubin's gaudy tackle totals would drop last year when Cleveland switched to a 3-4 defense, but he remained a run-stuffing monster and also started flashing some pass-rushing ability in 2011. Free-agent signee Frostee Rucker is not a great pass rusher, but when he gets his hands on a ball carrier, he tends to finish the job. T.J. Ward's disappointing 2011 was cut short by a serious foot sprain, but he's still one of the more promising young downhill safeties in the NFL. Shutdown cornerback Joe Haden battled a knee injury for parts of last season and should also be better in 2012.
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(ADDS Hillis quote)

*Chiefs-Browns Preview* =======================


The Kansas City Chiefs' search for normalcy may go on for much longer than the remaining NFL schedule.

For Brady Quinn and Peyton Hillis, a different type of closure is at hand.

With emotions still prevalent after last week's tragic events, Quinn will try to lead the Chiefs to another victory when he and Hillis return to Cleveland to face the Browns for the first time Sunday.

Kansas City (2-10) is still grieving the death of linebacker Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself in front of coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli last weekend.

Despite the tragedy, the Chiefs were on the field the following day, and beat Carolina 27-21 to end an eight-game slide amid strong emotions at Arrowhead Stadium.

"We have to deal with the events of the last few days, and it's not over, and it may not be over for some of us for most of our lives, but time heals all wounds, and so we're going to start working on the time thing," Crennel said.

A visit to Cleveland (4-8) may provide a chance for some focus for at least Quinn and Hillis.

Quinn was drafted 22nd overall out of Notre Dame by Crennel and the Browns in 2007, but never lived up to lofty expectations and was dealt to Denver for Hillis and two draft picks in March 2010. He won only three of 12 games as a starter with Cleveland, finishing his 14-game tenure there with 10 touchdowns, nine interceptions and a 66.8 passer rating.

After spending two years on the bench with the Broncos, Quinn reunited with Crennel in Kansas City and has been given a second chance following ineffectiveness and a concussion to starter Matt Cassel.

He's finally making it count. Quinn completed 19 of 23 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns last week - his first scoring passes since Dec. 6, 2009. He was widely praised even more for his leadership qualities in a somber post-game press conference, discussing the recent murder-suicide.

"I feel like I can do a decent job of adjusting to pretty much anything," Quinn said. "I think anytime you have an opportunity to play more and get more experience, you're going to continue to grow and improve as a player."

Hillis, meanwhile, is still waiting his turn after signing a one-year contract with the Chiefs following two vastly differing seasons with the Browns.

The bruising running back was the toast of Cleveland in 2010, setting career highs in rushing yards (1,177), carries (270), receptions (61), receiving yards (477) and touchdowns (13).

He tried to turn that brief stardom into a big contract, but instead proved to be a headache in an injury-plagued 2011. Hillis was limited to 587 yards and three TDs in 10 games, and Cleveland's Joe Thomas wasn't shy about expressing his disdain for his former teammate.

"He was everything people knew about him - hard-working, blue-collar, tough, would do anything for anybody on the team," Thomas said. "All he cared about was winning, and then all of a sudden the next year, all he cared about was trying to get his new contract.

"He crippled our offense. To have Peyton going through a contract dispute and basically refusing to play, it was a big distraction. I think it was better for both sides (he left). At that point, the situation with him here was toxic and he didn't want to be here and players didn't want him here. It was better for a fresh start."

Not better for Hillis, who has 193 yards and a touchdown on 59 carries. He fired back at Thomas on Thursday.

"Joe Thomas, he can have his opinions all he wants. It's kind of like a crazy ex-girlfriend, you know? It's been over a year. Get on with it."

It's unlikely the Browns will see a heavy dose of Hillis since Jamaal Charles is among the league's top rushers with 1,055 yards with 4.8 per carry.

Cleveland, though, has held opponents to 65.7 rushing yards over the last three games, winning 20-17 at Oakland last Sunday for its second straight victory. That may have eased the pressure on embattled coach Pat Shurmur.

"I don't want to talk about my future, OK?" he said. "I'm trying to get our team ready to play the Chiefs and then after that and so on and so forth. I don't look at it that way. I'm not taking any half-swings here. We'll just play it out and see what happens.

"I feel good about where we're going, we've just got to keep going."

Part of that encouragement may stem from a season-high 475 yards of offense last week, and improvement from Brandon Weeden.

The rookie has completed 63.9 percent of his passes for 732 yards with four touchdowns and three picks over the past three games, and is coming off a season-high 364 yards through the air against the Raiders.

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