Our weekly look at what we'll be watching in the Eagles game:
1. Protect the ball: The Browns haven’t done a lot of things well this season, but forcing turnovers has been one of them. Their 26 takeaways are the second most in the league. Thirteen of those 26 have come in their four wins, including three — all Eli Manning interceptions — in their Oct. 13 upset of the Giants. After turning the ball over seven times against the Bengals and Ravens, Donovan McNabb hasn’t had any in the Arizona and Giant wins.
2. Neutralizing Cribbs: The Eagles can’t afford to let Josh Cribbs become a factor tonight. Listed as a wide receiver, the former Kent State quarterback is a multidimensional weapon. He’s one of the league’s most dangerous return men and has been lining up more and more as the QB in the Browns’ “Wildcat’’ formation. He ran the ball six times and threw it once out of that set last week vs. Tennessee.
3. Run Brian, run: The Eagles have had 40-plus rushing attempts in a game just five times in the Andy Reid era, and two have been in the last 2 weeks. Wind or no wind tonight, Reid and his offensive lieutenant, Marty Mornhinweg, need to continue to run the ball, mainly because the Browns aren’t very good at stopping teams that do. They’re 28th against the run and 24th in yards allowed per carry (4.5).