Falcons-Brown key matchups

Browns QB Brian Hoyer vs. Falcons FS Dwight Lowery: Hoyer has taken control of the quarterback position in Cleveland after they drafted Johnny Manziel in the first round. He will welcome back Josh Gordon, the Browns' top receiver, this week. The Browns will try to ramp up their offensive performance down the stretch. Lowery will play a role in making sure that Hoyer is not able to throw the deep ball. He'll also spend some time near the line of scrimmage in running situations.

Browns LB Craig Robertson vs. Falcons RB Steven Jackson: Robertson will be charged with leading an opportunistic unit that is tied for fifth in the NFL in turnover differential, at plus-8. The Browns have 14 interceptions and have recovered four fumbles. Jackson had 18, 16 and 17 carries in the past three games as the Falcons have become more determined to establish a rushing attack behind their revamped offensive line. But Jackson has averaged only 3.6 yards per carry.

Browns CB Joe Haden vs. Falcons WR Julio Jones: Haden, the seventh player selected in the 2010 draft, went to his first Pro Bowl last season. He's continued his strong play this season. Jones said he plans to get more physical near the line of scrimmage if the Falcons continue to run him on bubble screens. Last week, the Panthers did a good job of recognizing the Falcons' bread-and-butter play.