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Cleveland Browns vs Dallas Cowboys takes place on Sunday in the first of two vital games for the Cowboys over the next five days. If they can win both they will seriously improve their playoff credentials, but a loss today would oppositely seriously undermine their postseason plans. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Browns are struggling this season, coming into this game with a 2-7 record, which is enough to see them cut loose at the bottom of the AFC North division. A win today could bring them to within a game of Cincinnati to give the Browns some hope, but unfortunately there are not many predicting a win for Cleveland today.
The Cowboys are amazingly second in the NFC East with a record coming into this game of 4-5. They will be desperate to pull back their record to an even .500 with a win today and on paper they are hot favorites for this match up.
The Cowboys have suddenly burst into life and slammed the Philadelphia Eagles last week on the road. That will have sent a surge of confidence through the team, and if they can claim another win today supplemented by another on Thursday they will suddenly be looking like a strong playoff contender.
However, they must get the win today, and most would expect them to. Although the Browns will not just lay back and give it to Dallas. Cleveland may lack the skills in their team to compete week in week out with the biggest teams but they play rugged and hard, and win or lose they ensure each team they face know they have been in a contest.
The Cowboys will look to take advantage of the Browns' 27th ranked rush defense and their 22nd ranked pass defense.
Against the Eagles, the Cowboys rushed for 101 yards with Felix Jones particularly impressive; carrying just 16 times but for a vital 71 yards, and claiming three catches for 22 yards and an all important score.
For the Browns, their highlight this season is running back Trent Richardson, who this season has carried 152 times for 575 yards and five touchdowns.
Again most would predict the Cowboys to win this one, but some Browns' fans will enjoy pointing out that Cleveland actually lead the all-time series between these two teams, 17-12. Although the last two match ups have gone to Dallas.
Cleveland Browns vs Dallas Cowboys starts at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream by clicking here.