Oct. 8, 1990 was the last time the Browns defeated the Broncos. Bernie Kosar threw three touchdowns and Jerry Kauric hit the game-winning field goal as time expired. Since then, the Browns have won 10 straight regular season games.
Father Time can step aside, for now. Peyton Manning, 39, and Josh McCown, 36, are two of the four oldest quarterbacks to start an NFL game this season. Tom Brady and Matt Hasselbeck are the other two.
McCown is playing at a high level the last three weeks, throwing for at least 300 yards in each contest. Manning, who is considered one of the best to ever play, has been on a decline, throwing an interception in every game this season.
What to look for:
Browns running back Duke Johnson could become the first running back in Browns history to record six or more receptions in four consecutive games.
If McCown throws for 300 or more yards, he would join Brian Sipe as the only Browns quarterbacks to throw for 300 or more yards, four times in a season.
Break it down:
When you think about Peyton Manning, you think of a great offense, but through five games, the Browns have a better offense. Each team ranks in the middle of the pack for points per game. The Browns rank eighth in the league in yards per game and sixth in passing yards per game, to the Broncos 30th in yards per game and 23rd in passing yards per game. Despite missing seven quarters, McCown is 31 passing yards behind Manning.
Broncos defensive back T.J. Ward was drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2010 draft. He spent four years in Cleveland and was selected to the Pro Bowl in his final season.
“It’s really nothing to go over. I didn’t feel like I was welcome back so that was pretty much it," Ward said when asked why he didn't stay in Cleveland.
Browns cornerback Joe Haden suffered a concussion during the Ravens game on Sunday and is still going through the league's concussion protocol. If Haden can clear protocol, he will likely play, despite having a broken finger.
Safety Tashaun Gipson is battling an ankle injury and is questionable for Sunday's game.
Broncos or Browns:
Much like last week, the Browns' opponent is the favorite. But this could be the week that the Broncos suffer their first loss of the season.
In four of five games, the Broncos have won by a touchdown or less.
McCown has led the Browns to tie or take the lead in each of the last two games. If the Browns can repeat and their defense holds up -- which has been a problem -- they actually have a chance to pull off the win.
Check out Tony Zarrella's Z-Files on Peyton Manning here.
Don't forget we get your Sunday started with Tailgate 19 at 11 a.m. Bernie Kosar, Bob Golic and Chuck Booms join Zarrella each and every week. If you missed Tailgate 19, you can always see the highlights HERE.
The Browns and Broncos kick off at 1 p.m.
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