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Ready Or Not: Browns believe they're prepared for Bengals in first significant game in years

  • FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2013, file photo, Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) reacts in front of Detroit Lions wide receiver Kevin Ogletree (11) and running back Joique Bell (35) during an NFL football game in Cleveland. The Browns haven't played a significant game this late in the season since 2007, when they just missed the playoffs. On Sunday, they'll face first-place Cincinnati with a chance to move up in the AFC North, deeper into the playoff picture and earn more respectability. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2013, file photo, Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) reacts in front of Detroit Lions wide receiver Kevin Ogletree (11) and running back Joique Bell (35) during an NFL football game in Cleveland. The Browns haven't played a significant game this late in the season since 2007, when they just missed the playoffs. On Sunday, they'll face first-place Cincinnati with a chance to move up in the AFC North, deeper into the playoff picture and earn more respectability. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2013, file photo, Cleveland Browns' Joe Thomas walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis. The Browns haven't played a significant game this late in the season since 2007, when they just missed the playoffs. On Sunday, they'll face first-place Cincinnati with a chance to move up in the AFC North, deeper into the playoff picture and earn more respectability.(AP Photo/Tom Lynn, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2013, file photo, Cleveland Browns' Joe Thomas walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis. The Browns haven't played a significant game this late in the season since 2007, when they just missed the playoffs. On Sunday, they'll face first-place Cincinnati with a chance to move up in the AFC North, deeper into the playoff picture and earn more respectability.(AP Photo/Tom Lynn, File)  (The Associated Press)

Browns cornerback Joe Haden has played in some big games in his career, just none in the NFL.

That's about to change. On Sunday, the Browns (4-5) have a shot to move up in the AFC North and deeper into the playoff picture with a win over the first-place Cincinnati Bengals (6-4), a team Cleveland beat earlier this season. Haden, who is playing at a Pro Bowl-level in his fourth season, says the Browns understand the importance of this week's game and are embracing the opportunity.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski believes his young team, which has had its share of ups and downs, is ready for the spotlight.

The Browns haven't played in a significant game this late in the season since 2007, when a Week 15 loss at Cincinnati cost Cleveland a playoff spot.

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