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Measuring stick

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 5, 2007

The Browns may be at least 16-point underdogs Sunday against New England, but don't sound intimidated. The undefeated Patriots have outscored opponents 148-48.

Such a dominating start has launched talk of the Patriots going 16-0. Asked if they're that good, Cleveland defensive end Robaire Smith said, ''I think they are. At the same time, that's not going to stop anybody from wanting to play against the best. Week in and week out people are going to give them their best shot.

''As athletes you're always going to feel you can beat the next team. They're pretty good at what they do, they're consistent at what they do. I would say they have one of the best offenses in this league.''

They may be good, but they're not complicated, Smith said.

''It's more simple, but they're good and consistent at what they do,'' Smith said. ''They force you to beat them, they're not going to beat themselves. You have to do something out of the ordinary in order for you to make them make a mistake.''

New England is plus 3 in the turnover margin with seven takeaways and four giveaways (two interceptions and two fumbles lost).

Outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley said the game ''will show us what we need to do to improve or if we're getting better.''

But he wasn't giving up before kickoff.

''We don't pay attention to whether we're underdogs or not,'' Wimbley said. ''We have confidence in the guys in here and we believe we can get it done.''

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