W2W4: Cowboys vs. Browns

November, 18, 2012
11/18/12
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ARLINGTON -- The Cowboys are home for the next three weeks and must take on one of the worst teams in the NFL in Cleveland (2-7) at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Here's a preview:

The series: This is the first time the Cleveland Browns have played at Cowboys Stadium. The last time these teams faced each other was in 2008, when the Cowboys beat the Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium, 28-10. Cleveland leads the all-time series at 15-11 but is 6-7 in road games. Cleveland's last victory against the Cowboys came in 1994. Dallas has played them twice since then.

Who's playing: Don't expect running back DeMarco Murray to play today, he'll miss his fifth consecutive game with a sprained foot. Felix Jones will start. Cornerback Mike Jenkins is doubtful with a sore back, but don't expect him to participate. Cleveland had five cornerbacks listed on the injury report Friday, which included starting left corner Joe Haden. He didn't practice Friday with a oblique injury and is listed as questionable.

Will we see more turnovers?: The Cowboys intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble in the victory against the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Will we see more against the Cleveland Browns? As a team, the Browns are plus-1 in the turnover-ratio, tied for 12th in the NFL. However, rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden has thrown 12 interceptions on the season, second most in the league to Dallas' Tony Romo (13 picks). Romo hasn't committed a turnover the last two weeks.

A new center today: The Cowboys will have their third different starter at center today when Mackenzy Bernadeau moves from right guard to center with Ryan Cook (knee) not expected to play. Derrick Dockery will move to right guard. Starter Phil Costa is out with a right ankle sprain and still has a slight limp when he walks.

Stopping Trent Richardson: Coach Jason Garrett said you have to get population to the ball when the Browns rookie running back gets the ball. Richardson is 16th in rushing yards (575) and third among rookies. Overall, Cleveland is just 27th in the NFL in rushing offense and the Cowboys' defense is 13th against the run.

Ohio ties all around: Let's start with the obvious ones. Garrett went to The University School, a high school in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with his brothers -- tight ends coach John and director of pro scouting Judd. Rob Ryan was the Browns defensive coordinator for three seasons (2009-2010). Ryan had a slew of coaches with him in Cleveland from Matt Eberflus, Jerome Henderson, Keith O'Quinn and Ben Bloom. Fullback Lawrence Vickers played for Cleveland from 2006 to 2010.

Texas roots, too: Oh yeah, don't forget Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson (who hasn't missed a point-after-attempt or field goal) went to Lake Highlands High School and the University of Texas. Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon and defensive lineman Phil Taylor went to Baylor. Quarterback Colt McCoy is from Tuscola, Texas, and played at Texas.

Home record is what again?: The Cowboys are 14-13 at Cowboys Stadium since it opened in 2009, but in November they are an impressive 6-1. With the stadium roof closed, the Cowboys are 8-0, but with it opened, the Cowboys are 1-5. However, with the roof open and the plaza doors closed, the Cowboys are 2-0. With the roof closed and the plaza doors open, Dallas is 3-0.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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