In the video clip above, ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss gives his three keys for the Patriots against the Browns on Sunday.
* Expect the unexpected. Former Pats assistant Eric Mangini knows his Browns are overmatched, so expect him to throw everything he can at the Patriots, just as he did when shocking the Saints. Fake punts, fake field goals, unconventional plays, etc. ... the Patriots will have to be ready for anything.
* Joshua Cribbs. The Browns struggle to score (their 16.9 point-per-game average is second-to-worst in the NFL), but Cribbs is their most explosive weapon. The Patriots will have to be disciplined about making sure he’s accounted for at all times, both on offense and special teams.
* Recognition in pass protection. The Browns throw many different looks at teams on defense; the Patriots will have to be ready for them all.