1. Jason Campbell is making his first start for the Browns after being named the starter last week by coach Rob Chudzinski. Campbell started six games last season for the Chicago Bears after starter Jay Cutler was injured. Campbell is 2-1 in his career against the Chiefs, winning the past two meetings while playing for the Oakland Raiders.
2. The Chiefs and Browns combined to win only seven games last season, but the two have gone in different directions in 2013. The Browns enter 3-4 but are reeling after back-to-back losses. The Chiefs, meanwhile, are the last undefeated team in the NFL at 7-0. Both teams gutted their respective coaching staffs in the offseason, with Andy Reid coming to Kansas City from the Philadelphia Eagles and Rob Chudzinski leaving the Carolina Panthers.
3. The Browns’ run defense hasn’t been as stout as in the first several games this season, and the Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles will be a tough test. Charles is third in the NFL with 561 rushing yards and six touchdowns, and he is just as dangerous in the passing game with 36 catches for 337 yards receiving and two touchdowns in 2013.
4. The Browns have struggled in recent weeks to take care of the football. The Chiefs, meanwhile, lead the NFL in turnover differential at +11 (19 takeaways, eight giveaways). The Chiefs are also third in the NFL in takeaway points with 67, behind only the San Francisco 49ers’ 75 and Chicago Bears’ 69.
5. The Browns could again be without a full compliment of pass rushers, as outside linebacker Quentin Groves did not practice Wednesday or Thursday with an ankle injury that he suffered in the first half of last week’s game against the Green Bay Packers. Jabaal Sheard, Paul Kruger and Barkevious Mingo could see an increase in snaps.