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Browns vs. Broncos: Denver aims to move closer to a first round bye

Peyton Manning and the Broncos play host to the Cleveland Browns in Week 16, as Denver will try to inch closer to a first round bye.

Patrick Smith

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos look to move closer to a first-round bye in Week 16, as the Broncos are set to play host to Trent Richardson and the Cleveland Browns.

Since New England lost to San Francisco on Sunday Night Football, the Broncos now control their seeding destiny. Defeating Cleveland in Week 16 and Kansas City in Week 17 would assure Denver of at least a first-round bye -- and maybe the top seed in the AFC -- if Houston loses twice.

The Browns are coming off of a 38-21 loss at the hands of Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins. The loss dropped the Browns to 5-9 on the season.

Cleveland's offense is anchored by a trio of rookies: Brandon Weeden, Josh Gordon and Richardson. Weeden and Richardson were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, while Gordon was selected in the second round of the supplemental draft.

Weeden has thrown for 3,281 yards in his rookie season, but has thrown just 14 touchdowns against 17 interceptions.

The Browns rank among the league's bottom half in pass and rush offense, as well as pass and rush defense.

Kickoff is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. MT on Sunday, Dec. 23. Televised coverage can be found on CBS.