The Cleveland Browns will travel to Kansas City this week to play the undefeated Chiefs in one of the loudest stadiums in the league. The Browns will be starting Jason Campbell at quarterback over Brandon Weeden, which will mark the third time in four weeks the Chiefs will face a team playing a backup quarterback. That has been a significant advantage for the Kansas City defense that has dominated opposing offenses so far this season. No team has crossed the threshold of 20 points against the Chiefs though the first seven games, which makes it slightly easier to win games when an opponent can’t score. Linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali have been nightmares for opposing quarterbacks this season with 19 sacks between the two of them. Campbell started one game for the Chicago Bears last season filling in for an injured Jay Cutler, but has not been a full time starter since the beginning of the 2011 season with the Oakland Raiders.
Kansas City Chiefs tickets are currently averaging $116 on the secondary market, a 26% decrease on the average season ticket for games at Arrowhead Stadium, that that could be more from Cleveland being the opponent than a lack of excitement in Kansas City. Ticket prices are down 6% over the past week and have a starting price of $36. That’s not a bad price for entry into one of the best stadium atmospheres in the league. The average price of $116 is 28% below the average for Cleveland Browns tickets on the road.
The Cleveland defense has played well against the run this season, allowing the ninth least rushing yards through seven weeks. If the Chiefs struggle to run the ball, they could just resort to passes to running back Jamaal Charles out of the backfield like they’ve done often this season. Charles leads the team in receptions with 36 to go along with his 135 rushing attempts on the season. Either way, this game is looking like a defensive battle between two of the better defenses in the conference. It won’t be a high scoring game, but could be a very underrated matchup between an undefeated team and one trying to sneak into the playoffs.