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Place: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
Cleveland stopped a franchise record-tying 11-game skid with a 34-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last week as rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden threw a pair of touchdown passes and cornerback Sheldon Brown returned an interception 19 yards for a score. The win was the first since Nov. 20 for the Browns, who enter Week 7 having lost 10 straight road games.
Indianapolis crashed hard after its emotional victory over Green Bay on Oct. 7 as it was trounced by the New York Jets last Sunday. The Colts rallied to top the Packers in the wake of the news that head coach Chuck Pagano was battling leukemia, but showed little fight in a 35-9 loss at New York.
Indianapolis allowed a season-high 252 rushing yards and lost defensive end Cory Redding with a right knee injury. The Colts have won eight of their last 11 meetings with the Browns.
Cleveland Browns (1-5): Cleveland also ended an 11-game losing streak in 1975 with a triumph over Cincinnati. The Browns held the Bengals to 76 yards on the ground after surrendering 243 yards rushing to the New York Giants a week earlier. Phil Dawson is a perfect 12-for-12 on field-goal attempts this season.
Weeden has thrown for 1,519 yards, the second-most by an NFL rookie in his first six games. Carolina’s Cam Newton set the record with 1,847 yards last season. Rookie RB Trent Richardson gained 37 yards on 14 carries against Cincinnati before leaving with a rib injury. Richardson, who is expected to play Sunday, leads AFC rookies with 340 rushing yards. Cleveland leads the AFC with 10 interceptions.
Indianapolis Colts (2-3): The club hopes to have Robert Mathis back after the Pro Bowl linebacker missed the loss to the Jets with a knee injury. Mathis leads Indianapolis with five sacks. Rookie QB Andrew Luck was 22-of-44 last Sunday, the third time he has completed less than 52 percent of his passes.
The Colts are 0-3 in those contests. Luck, who has the fifth-best average in the league with 297.6 yards passing, leads AFC quarterbacks with 103 rushing yards. WR Reggie Wayne is averaging a league-high 118.6 yards per game. He had five catches against New York to raise his career total to 903, making him the 14th player in NFL history to reach the 900-reception mark.
1. The Browns have not won away from home since snapping a five-game slide against the Colts on Sept. 18, 2011, in Indianapolis. Cleveland lost a team-record 11 in a row on the road from Dec. 7, 1974-Sept. 26, 1976.
2. Weeden led Oklahoma State past Luck and Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl last season.
3. The road team has won five of the last six meetings between the clubs.