Preview: Browns at Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys entered the season with aspirations of a Super Bowl championship. They'll settle for decidedly more modest goals - a second straight win and reaching the .500 mark - when they host the struggling Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The Cowboys have not registered back-to-back victories since a four-game winning streak in November 2011, but they'll never have a better chance than against the Browns, who are trying to avoid a franchise-record 12th consecutive road loss. It marks the first of three straight home games against teams with losing records for Dallas, which has dropped its last two at Cowboys Stadium. The Browns haven't won away from home since Week 2 of last season.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Cowboys -7.5, O/U 43.5

ABOUT THE BROWNS (2-7): Last week's bye came at a good time for rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden, who threw for a combined 305 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns in his previous two games. Cleveland's offense has scored only two touchdowns in the last three games and hasn't been in the end zone in the last seven quarters, although the Browns eked out a 7-6 win over San Diego on Oct. 28. Cleveland will be facing former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and will likely lean heavily on rookie running back Trent Richardson, who is coming off consecutive 100-yard games. Star cornerback Joe Haden (oblique) missed practice Thursday, putting his status for Sunday in question.

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (4-5): Dallas managed only 294 total yards but received three fourth-quarter touchdown from its defense and special teams in last week's 38-23 blowout win in Philadelphia. Tony Romo has thrown a league-high 13 interceptions - three more than he had last season - but managed to avoid a turnover for a second straight game by throwing for 209 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles. Running back DeMarco Murray (foot) is expected to miss his fifth straight game, putting Felix Jones in line for another start. Jones scored the first of his 10 career rushing touchdowns against the Browns in his NFL debut in 2008.


1. Romo has a 20-3 career record in November, and Cleveland is 4-14 against the NFC since the start of the 2008 season.

2. Haden was suspended four games earlier this season and the Browns lost all four, allowing an average of 30.5 points.

3. Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware needs one sack for his seventh consecutive season with 10, which would tie Hall of Famers Lawrence Taylor and Bruce Smith for the third-longest streak of all-time.

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