Chargers vs. Browns: Who has the edge?

CHARGERS (5-6) vs. BROWNS (0-11)

When: Sunday, 1:05 p.m.
Where: StubHub Center
Line: Chargers by 14
TV/Radio: Ch. 2; 640-AM, 980-AM (Spanish)


Philip Rivers is coming off one of the best games of his career, a 434-yard, three-touchdown performance that showed a national audience that he can still be one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He is only days away from his 36th birthday, but his offensive line has given him adequate protection all year long. It doesn’t hurt that receiver Keenan Allen has taken his play to another level, catching 23 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns in his past two games. He needs just 73 more yards for his first 1,000-yard season since he was a rookie in 2013.

The Browns have a budding star in rookie defensive end Myles Garrett, but their defense has surrendered 289 points this season, tied for third-most in the league. EDGE: CHARGERS


Cleveland has given up so many points in part because of its offense. The Browns have turned the ball over a league-high 28 times this season, often putting their opponents on short fields. Only four other NFL teams have given up at least 20 turnovers, and none have coughed away more than 24. Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer has improved over the course of the year, but the second round-pick has yet to throw more touchdowns than interceptions in a regular-season game.

The return of former All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon, whose career was derailed by drug and alcohol suspensions, could give the Cleveland offense the boost. But the Chargers defense has looked like one of the best in the league over the last month, with three strong Pro Bowl candidates in defensive ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, as well as cornerback Casey Hayward. Hayward left the team this week due to the death of his younger brother, but is expected to be in the starting lineup on Sunday. EDGE: CHARGERS


Languishing at the bottom of the league in field-goal percentage, the Chargers have switched kickers. Again. On Saturday, they promoted Travis Coons from their practice squad to their active roster — where he replaces injured veteran Nick Novak. Coons last kicked for the Browns in 2015, and was adequate if unspectacular.

But Coons’ 28-of-32 showing back then beats out what Cleveland is currently getting from Zane Gonzalez. After winning the Lou Groza Award and setting a Division I college record for field goals made, the rookie is…

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