- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

CLEVELAND (7-7) at CAROLINA (5-8-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE - Panthers by 3 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cleveland 8-6, Carolina 6-8

SERIES RECORD - Panthers lead series 3-1



LAST MEETING - Browns beat Panthers 24-23, Nov. 28, 2010

LAST WEEK - Browns lost to Bengals 30-0; Panthers beat Buccaneers 19-17

AP PRO32 RANKING - Browns No. 22, Panthers No. 21

BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (18), PASS (18).

BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (31), PASS (7).

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (12), PASS (17).

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (21), PASS (12).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Browns QB Johnny Manziel makes second career start. Manziel was 14th rookie quarterback to start for Browns. … Browns have 16 touchdowns rushing, tied for third most in NFL. … Browns are third in the NFL in takeaways with 27. … DB Tashaun Gipson has six INTs, tied for most in NFL, but has missed three games with knee injury. … Browns are only NFL team with two rookies with 500-plus yards rushing with Terrance West (579) and Isaiah Crowell (546). … WR Josh Gordon has 1,904 yards receiving in last 18 games, but has struggled since returning from 10-game suspension. … LB Paul Kruger leads Browns with 10 sacks. … Derek Anderson is 2-0 as starting quarterback; Cam Newton is 3-8-1. … Anderson has NFL’s best QB rating (119.3) in fourth quarter, but if Newton is recovered from back injury after car crash, he’ll play. … Panthers are 28th in NFL in red zone offense. … TE Greg Olsen has 20 receptions in last two games. Olsen needs 40 yards receiving for first 1,000-yard season. … RB Jonathan Stewart has run for 313 yards and TD in last three games. … WR Kelvin Benjamin is second among rookies with 952 yards receiving. … DE Mario Addison is tied for team lead with career-high 6 1-2 sacks. … Panthers are 0-2-1 vs. AFC North this year.

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