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BEREA, Ohio – 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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