5 Keys to the game: Cleveland Browns vs. Dallas Cowboys

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Five keys that could allow the Cleveland Browns to upset the Jones boys.

The Dallas Cowboys are everything that the Cleveland Browns are not, so if the Browns do not like it, they can start fixing it by beating them in Arlington this week.

Dallas is the media darling of the league, brilliantly marketed and branded by team owner Jerry Jones, so much so that players are willing to take a discount to play in Dallas. As long as the players can wear the Star of Texas on their helmet, they will play for Jerry Jones even if he threatens to fire players if they do not do what he says for the national anthem.

Cleveland, on the other hand, is used to getting snubbed by players and their agents, even though their owners, Dee and Jimmy Haslam, have supported the players from the very beginning and have one of the most diverse organizations in the league.

Of course, Cleveland has established a reputation for losing, and that may outweigh other factors.  It will take time — and, of course, victories ‚— to change this.

Thus the spotlight in the upcoming Week 4 contest will be on the Browns this Sunday, and let’s hope that the extra dose of publicity does not get into their heads. Dallas has a tendency to psyche out the fans and sportswriters.

Dallas is the betting favorite this Sunday, but this is a winnable game for the Browns if the players and coaches can maintain their composure. Here, we look at what keys will determine the outcome and help the Browns find a way to win.